Many owners like to take advantage of the fact that they do physical exercise to take their dogs for a walk. However, many people wonder to what extent they can “pull” the animal’s resistance since they do not have the same capacity as humans.
Dogs are highly resistant animals, but only when they are young adults. Older and even elderly dogs cannot have the same performance and accompany their owners. Before taking your pup with you to run, walk and even ride a bike for a long time or long distances, be aware of the dog’s age, breed, paw size, dog behavior in the presence of other people/animals, and even Meteorological conditions.
In the hours of greater sun exposure, where there are paths without shade, you should avoid taking your dog, as it is hotter and the ground is more burning. You should consider several factors to determine whether you should take your dog to train with you.
Precautions to be taken when taking the dog to exercise
1. Hydrate your dog
Give the dog water to keep it hydrated and less tired. If you took him with you, keep in mind that the walk should also be pleasurable for him.
2. Use collar
Prevent your dog from moving away and approaching other dogs and people. Using the collar is a way to keep him protected, by your side, away from cars or other hazards on the road.
3. Pay attention to the floor
Hot and rocky ground are some of the examples of floors that hurt and burn dogs’ paws. If you’re thinking of exercising on one of these floors, don’t. Running is an activity that requires consistency, which will hurt the animal.
4. Don’t euthanize the dog
Don’t make the dog an athlete because it’s not. Dogs have limits that must be respected. Constantly evaluate the animal’s behavior, and whenever it shows fatigue, stop. Give the dog time to rest and recover.
5. Start training slowly
Don’t start training your dog as if you were going to run a marathon. As with humans, physical activity in dogs should start from the simplest and most basic levels, gradually increasing the intensity.
6. Vaccines up to date
Ensure the dog has its vaccines up to date so that it does not transmit or acquire diseases from the street or other animals. Protect your pet!
In addition to the care you must take when taking your dog to exercise, you can also consult your veterinarian and confirm that everything is fine with the animal’s health status. Sporting is a good reason to leave the house and take your dog with you, but always respect the dog’s limits.
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