Tuesday, February 14, 2012

EXERCISING YOUR DOG | Daily Dog Walking in Jackson MS


Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you. Young dogs and healthy adults alike need
lots of it, and even senior pets need a regular daily workout to maintain their health. The type 
of exercise you choose depends on the age and fitness of your dog and your own lifestyle.
 Dogs are adaptable and are happy to play Frisbee in the park or take long walks in the 

Exercise is one of the best ways to spend time with your pet. It's especially important for

 large breed, working, and active breed types. Dogs are wonderful athletes and most adapt
 to even strenuous exercise, provided they have had adequate opportunity to "train" and the 
environmental conditions are not too extreme.


Daily exercise is recommended unless the weather is especially dangerous or a medical 
problem limits your dog's activity. If there is a medical problem, consult your veterinarian 
about exercise limitations. Keep in mind that obese dogs and those with heart and lung
diseases may have a problem, and be sure to consult your vet before starting a new regime.

Be certain your dog has plenty of water available at all times, and provide a place to cool

down out of the sun. When the temperature drops below freezing, exercise should be limited,
unless your dog is really used to this weather. This will often vary with the breed and hair coat.
 If the wind picks up to more than 10 mph, be careful to prevent hypothermia or frostbite.
If your dog is shivering, get him back indoors or in some form of warm shelter.If you live in an 
area that gets cold and icy, remember that road salt can burn your dog's feet. Remember,
even in cold weather, an exercising dog needs plenty of water.

Almost all dogs, especially those with heart and lung problems and those with thick hair

coats, are likely to have trouble with hot and humid conditions. It's better to exercise in the
early morning or evening when the heat is less than 80 degrees and the humidity is less
then 30 percent (avoid hot and humid conditions).