Veterinarian Susan Nelson from Kansas State University has put together a useful guide for determining the exercise needs of your dog, along with some great tips for keeping your pup stimulated, happy, and healthy.
Here are just a few of her tips:
- Running free on their own is not enough for dogs...they should get out for an uninterrupted walk or run once or twice a day.
- You shouldn't run long distances with your dog until they are at least 12-15 months because their bones are still growing.
- Running and walking are not the only activities you can try--fetch and frisbee also provide great stimulation and exercise. Swimming is a good workout for dogs with joint problems.
- Don't feed your dog right before or after exercise because it puts certain breeds at risk for bloat (AKA twisted stomach).
Check out the whole article in Science Daily for a ton more tips.
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