You are likely to have indulged over the festive holidays and have looked into changing your daily food habits. You have perhaps indulged your dog too with extra treats and tit-bits. Visit your vet to get expert advice on your dog’s diet and weight - a great way to kick-start your dog’s healthy new year.
An exercised dog is a happy dog and lack of exercise can often be a cause of destructive behaviour in the home as well as the obvious weight gain. Schedule a walk with your dog into your daily diary and treat it as if it were an important meeting or engagement – try your best not to cancel it! All dogs, even the smallest breeds need regular exercise to stay healthy. If you have limited time to exercise try jogging instead of walking or run the last stretch home.
Whilst snuggling on the sofa may be your dog’s idea of heaven, some fun games on rainy days, such as tug of war or playing fetch with a soft ball, will give you both a little extra exercise and your dog will love the extra attention and mental stimulation.
Training can be fun
Training your dog is a fantastic way for you both to bond and of course a well-trained dog is always a pleasure to behold. Both indoors and out in the open air training exercises such as learning to sit, stay and to come when called provide all important mental stimulation for your dog and you can reward your dog with lots of energetic play to get your heart-rate pounding too!
Your veterinarian can offer advice on training methods as well as local training classes that will give you both a challenge.
Owning a dog is one of life’s pleasures and you should enjoy taking the time out to enjoy him as part of your family. Get the children involved in walks, training and games and most of all have fun!
Companion Care Vets are open 7-days a week and are happy to offer advice on all of the issues highlighted above.
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