Increasing the Intensity of Your Dog’s Walk

Your dog needs regular exercise to keep healthy. Exercise helps prevent obesity. It keeps muscles and bones strong and flexible. Regular dog walks provide exercise plus time to socialize and bond with you. However, your dog may resist going for walks or dawdle. You need to increase the length of walks and the pace to amp up the intensity. Take your dog for walks when he is alert and energetic. Walk your regular route but go just a little faster. Praise your dog and call his name to keep him moving. If you stop walking, it might be difficult to get him going again. Experiment with other routes that are a bit longer than your normal one. Loops work well since your dog probably knows his way home so you can expect a burst of enthusiasm at the halfway point when he wants to get home. For more information, contact your veterinarian Los Gatos, CA.


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