How often Should Your Dog Exercise?

We have all experienced the joy of meeting and bringing the newest member of your family home. Once you bring home your new baby, you will begin to understand the effort and satisfaction you will feel by raising him/ or her. As dogs transition from puppyhood to adult doggy-hood, they require a lot of care and attention. For example, the time it takes them to learn their name, becoming potty trained, learning somewhat right from wrong and the everyday challenges it takes to make sure they are healthy.

One of the key components in the health of a dog is their activity level. Exercise affects more than just the health of the dog. It is directly linked to the mood and energy level of your pet. Did you know that your dog’s exercise needs are dependent on its size, breed, age, and current health? This is often overlooked when we think of bringing home our furry family member.

Dogs are like infants. As they grow they need exercise, time to play and healthy meals. Exercising your dog can be rewarding for both you and your pet; plan activities that incorporate games we typically associate with dogs. Exercise for a dog can be more time consuming since you have to actively participate the entire time. This means you may have to get up, go outside and throw their ball around or even a Frisbee will do.
For those of us who are active and looking for new ideas to exercise with your dog be sure to review our suggested ideas. (Create Pull Idea’s list) One popular activity is taking your dog on a hike. Another option is a nature run. These two options will give your new companion an opportunity to get some fresh air, and you both can get a change of scenery. Dogs love being outside, so they will love to feel as if they are roaming the world!

Larger breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Hounds need the most exercise; because they are highly energetic and often considered working breeds. These larger breeds need anywhere from 30 minutes of exercise – to a couple hours a day. Whereas, smaller breeds like a Yorkie, Maltese, Pug, or Chihuahua will only need 20-30 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. These smaller dogs can go on short walks like a block or so around the neighborhood. However, if you try to travel further distances, they may become tired and you may find yourself caring them home.

If you want to get a dog, think about the size, breed , and exercise it will need to stay healthy and happy.

How to train your dog to Do Tricks

Dogs are known as mans best friends, and even act as parts of peoples families. They are some of the smartest animals around, and come in many different breeds. Both small and large have been companions to humans for over 14,000 years. Today there are service dogs of all types that can do anything from sensing diabetic shock, and seizures to helping people cross the street in a wheel chair, to being able to detect a bomb detection. They have been helping humans by protecting them, hunting with them, and can be trained to ride a skate board. You have probably seen your fair share of dogs doing back flips, or dogs that will bark happy birthday. I’m sure you might have even bought your furry friend thinking you were going to teach it all sorts of things but you probably didn’t know where to start. So in this guide I’m going to teach you some tips on how to train your dog. I can’t promise you that after finishing this article that your pup will be able to bark the national anthem or be able to grab a cold beer out of the fridge but you will have an idea of how to train your do to do basic tasks.

The first tip is one of the most important and that is to make sure your dog is tired. A puppy who is too hyper will be distracted by other objects and won’t be focused on you. So make sure to take your dog for a walk before you begin. You don’t need him falling asleep during class but just enough that he won’t be distracted by his own tail.
The next thing you can do with your dog is use small treats to give to your dog when they do something right. Alternate this with giving belly rubs so that your dog will be able to do the tricks without needing food for motivation.

Thirdly do not scold your dog for performing poorly this can cause confusion in your dog. If you just taught him to give you hip paw and now your teaching him to roll over don’t yell at him for giving you his paw. Be patient and remember they are like a baby they don’t know what the words mean. For more complex tricks you want to break them down into parts. If you are teaching your dog how to roll over you will want to teach them to sit, then to lay down, then you teach them to roll over in 3 parts until they can remember to roll over in one fluid motion.
Always start with the basics, and with enough patience you too can teach your dog some amazing tricks!