KNOW THEIR LIMIT: As you exercise with your dog, consider his needs and physical condition. Leisurely walks may be best for an older dog, while a younger dog should have ample energy for a vigorous exercise program.
KNOW YOUR LIMIT: If your dog have more energy to expend than you do, teach him to fetch a ball or a flying disc. The activity may be just right for you and challenging exercise for your dog.
START SLOW: If you are just now launching an exercise program, go slowly at first. Begin with short leash walks at slow speed and gradually increase the time, speed and distance.
START SOFT: Begin walking or running your dog on soft surfaces such as dirt, sand or grass until his pads toughen.
THE RIGHT LEASH: Keeping your dog on a 6 foot non-retractable gives you control when walking or running. No retractable or Flexi leashes please.
LIMIT FOOD/WATER INTAKE: Avoid exercising your dog immediately before or after a meal. A full stomach may cause digestive upsets. provide only small amounts of water before or directly after exercise.
CHECK THE WEATHER: Weather conditions are an important consideration as you exercise your pet. Dogs can suffer from frostbite and heat stroke just as people do. If you walk your dog in the snow, be sure to wipe the paw pads to remove any snow and ice buildup, or salt. Remember that your dog's feet can be damaged by hot asphalt during the summer.
TRAIN YOUR DOG: As you walk your dog, train him to walk at your side to help control him so he won't jump on children, other dogs or adults, frightening them or possibly injuring them or you!