Dog Parks Provide
Great Off-Leash Run Time
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Frisbee and Fetch
are a Great Quick Exercise Stand-In
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Oliver Takes a Summer Swim
- Take Fido with you on errands that don't require leaving him in the car--the bank, drive through restaurants, a pick up pharmacy--whatever works. He'll enjoy the smells, sights and fun of wondering where he's going next.
- Identify nearby parks and change up the walk by taking a hike through nature. Fido will enjoy seeing something other than your neighborhood cats, even if it is just a squirrel or two. The smells of wild animals will be abundant to him and that will do the trick. He'll snooze peacefully tonight.
- Take some different turns during your neighborhood walk and find another route. Perhaps there's a street he's never explored. Give the opportunity to experience every possible route that might bring some new sights or scents--even a new friend.
- Turn your dog walk into more of hike by allowing Fido to do a job. Placing a dog backpack on him, he can carry your water, house keys or other necessities. What's interesting about this job is that he'll have to concentrate on walking straight and smooth, so as not to get the backpack swaying like a mother's full teats. It's a whole new experience that will have your dog concentrating on his walk, and at the same time, return fatigued and ready to rest.
- Got a boat? Grab a helper who can hold Fido securely, and take him along. Don't forget the canine lifejacket to be on the safe side. If he's a bit skittish about this new transportation, keep in mind that he'll soak up your energy. Ignore his nerves and offer him tons of confidence, acting as if this is nothing out of the ordinary. He'll pick up on your vibes quicker than you think.
- How about a bike adventure? Running beside a biker is a terrific mental challenge for your dog, as he learns to follow your lead and watch the turns carefully. He will instinctively know he must remain clear of the wheels, yet follow your confident tone as you tell him he's a good boy. Be sure to hold on to the leash loop lightly, just in case Fido darts at a squirrel or neighbor for a quick hello. We don't want YOU to go flying! Check out this link for some tips on getting started.
- If you're into running or jogging, Fido will be right there at your side. He'll enjoy the camaraderie and unless he is a senior Fido, will generally be able to match your pace, as long as you're not a marathon runner!
- Don't neglect some of the quickie ways to fortify your dog's exercise--both mental and physical--with swimming, fetch games and Frisbee or ball games. All require physical sprints and plenty of problem-solving to keep Fido's mind active while he plays.
- Dog friendly beaches are an interesting new place to take a walk or run. Fido will find a plethora of new scents and sights, while trying to figure out what's up with the water coming and going. This is a great way to stimulate his mind, and you can be sure he'll sleep the whole way home, satisfied from a day of stimulation, fresh air and exercise.
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Don't miss Tanner's take on the backpack idea. He's got a few comments over at 5 Minutes for Fido, where Tanner and Oliver have their own blog. Yup! Sure enough. Thanks to the hop hosts, Life With Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume. Hope to see you ALL at the our first annual Super Dog Sunday Photo Blog Hop on Sunday. Check my help page for more information, and grab the badge code at the top of my sidebar. See you tomorrow!
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