How to take care of your pet, taking care of yourself
Beauty must be transmitted to everything we do, in reality we cannot try to reach perfection if we do not transmit it to everything we do, so we are going to tell you how to take care of your pet, taking care of yourself.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children are overweight. Dog and cat stats are not good either. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention finds that 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight or obese.
Being overweight or obese - whether it's you or your pet - can lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer. Before exercising with your dog, talk to your vet. Certain exercises, such as running or even jogging, are not recommended for puppies whose bones have not finished growing and for some short-legged and short-nosed breeds. Short-legged dogs don't need as much walking as larger dogs, and flat-billed dogs may have trouble catching their breath.
Here are some tips on how you and your dog can exercise together:
- take a walk
Well, a walk is a great idea, but if you're not used to strenuous exercise, start with a walk, and build from there. Many of us are pressed for time. So, if you're running late in the morning for work, try to get up a little early - if possible. You can take a 10-minute walk with your dog. If your schedule allows, try to do three walks a day, and take one for at least 20 minutes.
- lower the sweets
Instead of rewarding your dog with treats, give him attention. Dogs love to interact. If you want to give your dog a treat, break it in half and leave the other half for another day. The same goes for sweets for you - eat half today and half tomorrow. This way you will not feel deprived of the happiness of a good sweet.
- Visit dog parks
If possible, walk to the dog park. When you arrive, throw a ball around with your dog. You'll both get some exercise.
- Go swimming
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that you and your dog can do. In addition to that, your dog will thank you since it is the only exercise that the dog manages to fully stretch its legs.
- Jogging or running
Find a track that welcomes dogs and make sure you bring your comfortable running shoes. That's all you need for this cardio workout. Bring a water bottle and collapsible bowl so your dog can get some water too.
- The War of the Strings
Play a game of tug-of-war with your dog. It can help build your upper body strength and your dog will enjoy spending time with you.
Whether it's a ball, a Frisbee, or their favorite toy, going out and playing a game of catch will drive them crazy, they love playing with you and this game involves the two of you interacting, plus the fact that you get happy while you do it, it will make your pet enjoy it much more, since they love to see you happy.
- on rainy days
If you have stairs in your building or home, going up and down a few rungs can meet your exercise needs in rainy weather (remember to start slow). If you have a treadmill in your house, you and your dog can use that too.
- Enroll in an exercise class
You and your dog can take agility classes or even doga, a form of yoga designed for the two of you.
- endurance walk
This is ideal for all types of weather. Try walking your dog in the snow, on the sand, in shallow water at the beach, or on a leafy trail.
I hope that this helps lower those rates of overweight in the world and that we also enjoy spending a little more time with our pets.
We thank CuidaMiPescota.com for their help collaborating on this blog. CuidaMiPescota unites pet owners with trusted sitters who offer cage-free care that is safer and cheaper than a daycare.
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