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Posts Tagged ‘Dog Walking’

How Often Do I Need To Walk My Dog

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Do you walk your dog once a day, twice a day, or sometimes more? How often do you need to walk your dog?

A dog needs to be walked regularly, both for exercise and for potty breaks. Walking your dog is also important for both its physical and mental health. There is no concrete answer to how often a dog needs to be walked, but there are some general guidelines you can follow.

Some dogs only need to be walked once a day, while others will need four or more daily walks. Before my own dog became pretty much immobile from hip dysplasia and arthritis, he needed to go on four or five daily walks, although I always suspected he didn’t really need that many walks but just wanted to get out and scope the neighborhood as often as he could.

The average dog needs at least two short walks every day. Fifteen minutes or less is usually enough for most dogs, especially small ones, so they can take care of their physical needs while getting in a little exercise for good health.

Some of the factors that determine how often you need to walk your dog include the following:
(1) If you work long hours, you may only be able to take your dog out once in the morning before work, and again when you come home;
(2) The size of the dog; smaller dogs need fewer and shorter walks;
(3) The breed of the dog, because some dogs have small bladders;
(4) The energy level of your dog. A dog with a high energy level needs longer or more frequent walks to expend excess energy;
(5) The type of food you feed your pet. Feeding a dog solid foods like kibble doesn’t require potty breaks as often as does a dog who eats a diet of mainly soft foods.

Regardless of the type of food, a dog will need short walks to urinate and exercise.

If your dog comes down with diarrhea, you’ll obviously need more frequent walks to prevent accidents from happening. If your dog becomes ill and is not able to go outside, you’ll have to avoid walks until your dog feels better.

One of the real, measurable benefits to walking your dog is that it provides the dog with exercise, which is necessary to prevent obesity and muscle atrophy, and it gives you the opportunity to exercise by walking which will help increase both your stamina and health.

One additional benefit to walking your dog is that you’ll meet lots of new people who want to pet your dog and possibly strike up a conversation with you. You might be amazed if you knew how many people ended up eventually marrying after first having had a friendly conversation about their pet dogs.

Married couples can also look forward to meeting friendly neighbors with whom they may eventually become close friends with. But single women should beware of the single guy who adopts a pet dog for the sole purpose of meeting attractive, single women on his daily dog walks.

Dogs Are Miracles With Paws

Monday, April 30th, 2012

How do I know I’m a lover of dogs? Because I truly believe that dogs are miracles with paws.

A dog’s nose in the palm of your hand can cure almost anything.

Dogs are made of love and fur.

Let your dog take you for a walk.

Some little known dog secrets: (dogs have no secrets!).

Dogs are like vanilla ice cream: it’s always a welcome treat.

Dogs are wise agents directly from Heaven.

If you had a tail wouldn’t you wag it?

There are no bad dogs; only bad owners.

Always be your dog’s best friend.

Dogs make great therapists.

Kiss your dog every chance you get.

Some dogs are just natural nappers.

Dogs invented unconditional love. And they never have a shortage of it.

Dogs are party animals!

God made dogs and spelled his own name backwards.

Apply dog logic to life” eat well, be loved, get petted, sleep a lot, dream of a leash-free world.


How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

How much exercise does your dog need in order to stay healthy and avoid dog pain? Humans need to exercise regularly and so do dogs. Exercise is just one of your dog’s basic needs.

Most dogs need one to two hours of exercise every day to help keep them healthy. Depending on your dog’s age and breed, it may need more or less exercise than that. If your dog is a senior, it may be content to lounge around on your floor or sofa all day long, and if you own an active, younger dog, you may find yourself going for walks 3 or 4 hours a day and your dog will still want more exercise.

Even within the same breed and age group, no two dogs are the same, so determining how much exercise your dog needs could take some trial and error. Start by giving your dog as much exercise as it wants without overdoing it. You may have to work up your own stamina to keep up with your dog if you’re not used to walking or jogging.

Beautiful weather should be inviting for both you and your dog to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. But if it’s a very hot and humid day, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and be sure your dog has fresh, cool water at all times.

While walking , running, or playing, watch closely for signs of exhaustion in your dog such as heavy panting, wheezing, or any lameness in the legs – especially the rear legs if your dog has arthritis or hip dysplasia. Hopefully, if this is the case, you already have your dog on a regimen of Winston’s Joint System if it suffers from a debilitating joint disease like arthritis, hip dysplasia or OCD.

Exercising your dog offers many opportunities for training it to obey your commands. You can use the exercise time to teach your dog obedience and how to react when meeting other humans and animals.

Exercising your dog can entail many different activities including walking, running or hiking. Not only will your dog be getting its exercise but you’ll be getting a good workout at the same time. I have many friends who say they’ve managed to lose stubborn weight after adopting their dog and starting on a regular walking and running routine. If you have a large yard or access to a nearby dog park, you can play fetch with a ball or Frisbee which will give both of you a good workout.

Just how much exercise does your dog need? Start slow and work into a good routine that both you and your dog can handle and will be satisfied with. If you live in an area where it frequently rains in the summer, you may need to devise some indoor games on those days to give your dog some exercise. After a few months of regular activities, both you and your dog should be in better condition than you were before you began your exercise routine.

Dogs Help Keep Seniors Healthy

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Dogs are among the favorite pets of senior citizens and studies have shown that dogs can help keep seniors healthy by encouraging their owners to exercise and join in other activities with them.

One-third of all dog owners polled say they exercise with their four-legged friends, according to an AARP Bulletin survey.

Walking is by far the preferred way to exercise with a dog. Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of people age 65-plus and 54 percent of those ages 50 to 64 stroll with their dog for fitness. The poll, which surveyed 1,062 people age 50 and older.

Playing catch, ball or Frisbee with their dog is the fitness routine for 42 percent of those age 50 to 64 and for 26 percent of respondents age 65-plus. Other favorite ways to exercise with their dog are jogging and wrestling.

How often pet owners work out with their dogs varies considerably. Perhaps work or other responsibilities get in the way, but people ages 50 to 64 (22 percent) are less likely than the older adults (33 percent) to exercise with their dogs more than once a day. About 17 percent of those polled say they exercise with their best canine friend two to three times per week; 15 percent say they never exercise with their dog.

A majority of people (59 percent) say they get about the same amount of exercise as they did before they got their dog; 29 percent say they work out more.

Research suggests that dogs can help keep seniors healthy when their owner exercises with them. Seniors are also more likely to stick to a fitness program if they have a pet dog that is active. Exercise provides the same benefits for both creatures: It helps to keep muscles and joints flexible and to control weight.

Companionship was the major reason 71 percent of respondents age 65-plus decided to get a pet. The same was true for 56 percent of those ages 50 to 64. About one in 10 took in a pet for security purposes or as a child’s playmate.

Caring for a pet dog is not for everyone. Dogs entail a lot of responsibility. They must be fed regularly and always have access to fresh water. They need to be let out in a fenced yard or taken for a walk at least twice a day to take care of their biological functions. Besides the cost of daily food, regular checkups by a vet and vaccinations can overburden someone who is dependent upon Social Security for retirement. For these reasons, sixty percent of people 65-plus, and 37 percent of those 50 to 64, say they don’t own a pet.

Walking Your Dog: Best Way To Stay Healthy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

One of the best ways to stay healthy and avoid dog pain is by regularly walking your dog. This simple form of exercise results in better health for both you and your pet.

For some people “A walk in the park” means a task is simple and easy to handle – no sweat off their back. For others the same phrase literally means taking a walk in the park with your dog.

Dogs are great walking companions and great personal trainers. If you begin walking with your dog, you may soon find that you are no longer in charge of your walking schedule. Most dogs are ready to walk when you are (unlike friends and family), and will let you know when it’s time to lace up your sneakers.

A well-trained dog is a true pleasure to walk with. It”s important that your dog is trained to sit and heel on command so you don’t find yourself suddenly yanked into speeding traffic if your dog spots a cat that it can’t resist chasing.

Your dog should always be on a leash when you take it out for a walk. If your dog likes to pull you, try fitting it with a pinch collar to increase your control. Some people like to use a harness, while others prefer retractable leashes to give the dog a little more slack and be able to reel them in as needed.

If you plan on taking your dog walking in a park, call and check if there are any restrictions on animals in the park. Dogs are sometimes allowed on trails, but seldom in park visitor centers.

Always carry a Pooper Scooper and extra bags with you when you’re walking your dog. If you don’t have a Pooper Scooper use a plastic bag. Many dog walkers will take along plastic bags from their grocery shopping. When the bag is placed over the hand, you can pick up your dog’s doo-doo, turn the bag inside out, and tie the end closed. Please be sure to dispose of it properly.

You should always carry water with you for both you and your pet when you go walking. When your dog gets thirsty you can pour the water into your hand and let your dog drink. Some people take along collapsible cups or inflatable water dishes. I like to take along a Zip-Lock bag full of ice cubes. My dog loves to chew on the cubes and it helps cool him down. When the cubes have melted I can fold back the top of the bag and he can drink the melted ice.

If taking a long walk, halfway through your trip find a comfortable, shady spot and take a short rest. Play with your dog, and give both of you a little time to cool down. Dogs can’t sweat like we humans do. They keep cool by panting, lying in the shade, wading in water, and drinking lots of water. If you do go walking near water, find a safe place and let your dog go swimming. And if you drove to the place where you went walking, don’t leave your dog in your car alone if it’s hot out and you have to make stops on the way home.

If your dog suffers from arthritis or hip dysplasia like mine, consider buying one of the Easy Lift dog harnesses to help support your dog’s rear legs when it can’t make it back to the car or house without assistance. Easy Lift is the perfect solution to easily give your dog a helping hand while walking or climbing.

Be sure your dog is wearing current identification. Name tags, dog licenses, and collars can come loose and be lost. Consider having your dog’s ID tattooed on his body (usually under the flap of an ear on dogs with floppy ears). Another excellent form of identification in case your dog is ever lost or stolen, is an embedded micro-chip.

If you want to stay healthy and keep your pet healthy too, walking your dog is a habit you should incorporate into your daily routine.

Treat your dog well and it will be the best trainer and companion you could have on those long walks that are guaranteed to keep you in shape (and lose a few pounds too if that’s your goal).

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