We all know that exercising our dogs is important to their health. Just as with humans, every dog has a different level of being fit. This is why one form of exercise may work for one dog but not another. Here are some tips for walking and/or running with your dog:
-Make sure your dog at least has identification tags. Micro-chipping is highly recommended. Carry a picture of your dog with you in case it were to get away from you.
–Start slow. If your dog is not used to walking or running, begin with short distances and work your way up to longer distances once you are sure your dog can handle it.
-Hydrate! Take water breaks. Whenever you are in need of a drink, give your dog a drink also.
-Avoid walking during the hottest parts of the day. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion – uncontrollable panting, rapid heart rate, foaming at the mouth, vomiting, bright red gums, lethargy, etc.
-Always take a first aid kit with you, no matter where you are. Be sure you know where the nearest animal emergency hospital is in case an emergency were to happen.
-Once you have completed your exercise, check your dog to ensure no injuries have occurred or that your dog has not picked up something along the way (like a tick).