Dog Health: Staying Active as Summer Approaches

Just as it’s important for humans to stay active and healthy, dogs need to stay active in order to maintain a healthy body weight and prevent health problems down the road. In addition, there are many other health benefits that come from keeping your pooch active all year round.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an active dog is less likely to be destructive because they are bored, they are less likely to bark incessantly and they will be more social dogs, who are friendlier to other humans and animals.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Active in the Summer:

  • Take your pet on longer walks. The sun is shining and the breeze is warm, it’s the perfect time of year to go for long walks around the neighborhood or at a local park. The ASPCA states that most healthy dogs require at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
  • Add a pet door to give your dog free reign to go in and out of the yard. Pet doors allow your dog to have control over their own playtime, preventing them from getting bored easily or restless.
  • Take your dog to a dog park. This is a great place for your dog to play with other dogs, exercise, and learn socialization skills.
  • Go swimming. Beat the heat by going swimming in a lake, pool or beach. Dogs love to swim, and it’s great aerobic exercise for them.
  • Play games with your dog. Take your dog out back for an old-fashioned game of fetch or tug-of-war with a rope. This helps you bond with your dog while getting some of their energy out.

Staying active is essential to your own mental and physical health, so it’s important to realize that the same is true for pet health. If you have found that your dog is chewing your belongings while you are at work, or they are exceptionally hyper at night, it might be time to implement an exercise routine for your pet.

Consult with your veterinarian about what type of exercise is best for your dog and its breed, as some breeds require more or less exercise than others. You will also want to consider your dog’s age when developing an exercise plan for your pet. It’s important to remember that all types of dogs at various stages of life need exercise, so talk with your veterinary professional about what will be best for your favorite four-legged friend.

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