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Tips For Exercising With Your Pet

Many have said, “A tried pet is a happy pet” and it is also true that it means a happy pet parent! Although many pets lay around most of the day, it is very important to exercise your pets. How much exercise is dependent upon the breed & age. For some, two fifteen minute sessions a day are enough, for others two thirty minute sessions work better. To determine your pets level of exercise comfort monitor their energy levels before, during and after your exercise routine with them.


  1. Breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, and boxers have trouble breathing when exercised vigorously. This is due to the shape of their snout. Others, such as greyhounds and whippets can run fast, but it is important to keep in mind that these breads are sprinters, not long distance runners. Larger breeds are susceptible to joint problems and over working them could be more harm than good.  Dogs are used to short burst of energy, stopping to sniff or go potty. A brisk walk paying close attention to your pets breathing is the best option.


  1. Never should an individual rollerblade, bike, or run a dog next to the car. All these situations could be fatal or the leash could fall and you could lose your pet. In addition is the person who is doing these activities has to stop short, the pet risks being choked, jerked, or injured by the abrupt stop. There have also been reports of dogs paws and tails getting run over by wheels and caught in wheel spokes.


  1. Your four legged friend wants to please you so chances are when you are out running they are going to try and keep up with you. This can easily hide their fatigue or hide the signs that they are dehydrated.


  1. Don’t forget to keep your dogs nails trimmed. This does not automatically happen when walking. Their nails need to be trimmed so they do not risk being split or causing more serious damage like a fall.


  1. Always take water for your pet when out. They get thirsty just like you!


FUN GAMES: Fetch, soccer, dog parks, swimming (good for dogs with joint problems), Frisbee or flyball and agility training


This information has been provided to you by Danielle Vasta, Owner of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting. Please contact her at: (480)330-4552 or for any of your pet sitting needs!



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