Exercise for your pet will vary according to age, breed and health. Taking your pet for a good outing, where s/he can play in an open ground or swim in a pool, is an effective way of mixing fun with exercise. Taking him to a beach is also a good option.
Exercise for pups: Daily exercise is essential, a routine should be followed religiously. Young dogs, especially large breeds, should be made to exercise cautiously to prevent damage to their joints.
Exercise for adult dogs: Inadequate or no exercise leads to several diseases which can be prevented, as in the case of human beings. Adequate exercise means a 30- to 40-minute brisk walk every day. Dogs enjoy playing with each other and with human beings. Playing depletes their energy, which makes them more manageable at home. If your dog is not adequately exercised, s/he may develop destructive habits to use up his excess energy.
Exercise for older dogs: For older dogs, walks are a must. Each and every dog has a different way of responding to the schedule of exercise which should be chalked out by your veterinarian.
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Walking: Dogs should be taken for a long walk at least twice a day. You’ll know when you have walked him enough by noticing his body language. Always refill the water bowl. The season and the day’s temperature must be taken into account. While walking, talk to your dog. Enjoy the walk at his pace, let him sniff to his heart’s content.
Swimming: Dogs are natural swimmers, if you have access to a pool, pond or river, grab it.
Fetching: The fetching game teaches discipline to your dog. Reward your pet after it fetches the frisbee or ball.
Gym workout: With more and more city dwellers adopting pets, we are also seeing specially-designed treadmills for canines.
Climbing stairs: This is a good exercise – be it outdoor or indoor. Make every activity fun for your pet and express love and enthusiasm in your tone.
Agility training: Your dog may become more willing to exercise if you add variety to his fitness routine. Agility dog training classes are good for him, both mentally and physically. These classes will help turn the most unfit, unwilling dogs into a superb athletes.
Long walk is ideal for all breeds because sniffing around works as a great stress buster
- By Vidya Iyer
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I have a four-month-old Pomeranian. These days I'm noticing a secretion of a sticky yellow substance every 10 minutes from his eyes. Can you help?— Abhijeet, Allahabad
Abnormal yellow discharge from the eye may indicate anything – from simple infection to dry eye or internal structures diseases. Please get his eyes checked as soon as possible, before he develops irreversible damage to his eye structures. You may clean his eyes using artificial tear drops or use drops/cream suggested by your vet.
— Dr Umesh Kallahalli
Life with Tigger
Galloping like a horse with a curious pair of eyes, one-month-old Tigger was a little fur ball when he came into our lives. My friend and I were overwhelmed as we had no experience with pets. I fondly remember how he jumped from the doctor’s table to my friend’s arms as he was terrified.
His favourite toy is a teddy. If we dangle the teddy in the air and shout for help, Tigger comes running to save his friend! His favourite sport is playing ball just like a puppy. Tigger is always organised, keeping the ball in his bowl of food so that he doesn’t have to hunt for it.
Extremely patient, he sits quietly in a corner when he is sick. He had to sit for long hours locked in his cage while we were shifting houses. He is extremely sensitive and knows when someone he loves is leaving the house. He sprawls across the table
with a forlorn look with his paws stretched out.
Sullen moods don’t deter him from playing. In fact he will play more if he senses you are feeling low. When my friend or I fall sick, he is always with us, purring and reassuring us that we will soon be fine.
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