- Start slow – if a person hasn’t run or taken a walk in years they aren’t going to be able to run a marathon tomorrow
- Keep an eye on your dog to see if they are showing any signals they are having problems: Are they limping or panting really hard? Their feet will need to toughen up too, so keep an eye out for any tender spots
- Keep things interesting – take different routes, change pace, change directions
- Summer weather: exercise during the cool hours, consider how hot you are – your dog is probably twice that, the tongue is a good signal to watch, be cautious of hot sidewalks that could burn your dogs feet, bring water for you and your dog
- Winter weather: watch for ice or snow getting stuck between their toes, watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia
You will know when to stop before your dog does – be aware of the small signals. They are amazing creatures and can withstand much without realizing they are hurting themselves. Don’t treat them like they are a delicate flower either because they are dogs who like to get out there and get dirty.
Happy Dog Exercising!
“Ready, Set, Dog Health”