Exercise & Play
Every dog needs a combination of both physical and mental stimulation. In addition to this, they need a mixture of exercise; and play is the best way to achieve this. Depending on their age, breed, and overall health, the levels of activity differ; but without it, your dog will become bored and may develop behavioural problems. A lack of exercise can also lead to weight gain and health problems.
For all dogs, even a large familiar garden can become boring after a while. Which is why interaction with you, and other dogs, is also important. Taking your dog out and about for walks and runs is highly recommended.
Interactive games and toys are fun ways to get your dog exercising; and at Petmania we have a wide selection available to suit all dog breeds and activity levels.
Older or senior dogs will have different exercise requirements in comparison to healthy adult dogs or puppies. A consultation with your vet, will help you to determine the best exercise and play routine for them.
For healthy adults and younger dogs however, our pet care advisors can help you find the most suitable exercise regime to suit both your dog, and your own lifestyle.
Some simple advice when exercising your dog:
- Avoid jogging or biking with your dog if it has any pre-existing health problems
- If your dog appears to be tired, take notice and take a break, or stop for the day
- Take water along for your dog, particularly if you are planning on a lot of exercise
- In hot weather, avoid exercise in peak temperatures, and choose early morning or later in the evening when it is cooler
- Choose interactive toys like frisbees, balls or tug ropes which can be fun for both you and your dog
- Exercising and playing with your dog are great ways to create a bond and to show them that you care
- Consult your vet if you think that your dog has any weight or health issues that are affecting their exercise routine