Fitness for Fido

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You know that exercise is important for you. But, what about for your beloved dog? Once they are past the wiggly, rambunctious stage of puppyhood, do you think they can live a thriving life by becoming a couch potato pup? Of course not! Exercise is important for every dog, at every age.

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You may assume that puppies and younger dogs get plenty of exercise, but their high-spirited nature doesn’t mean they are reaping the benefits of exercise. Much of a puppy’s destructive behavior can be attributed to the fact that a young pup doesn’t get the opportunity to burn off all that energy. Exercise is the answer! A tired dog is usually a better behaved dog.

Different Dogs, Different Needs

As a general rule, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of dedicated activity for your canine pal. That means more than a quick walk around the block. Your vet can help you understand what type of activity your dog needs. For example, active breeds need hard aerobic exercise while a less active breed might find that too strenuous. Personality types also matter. You should approach an exercise plan differently if you have a highly energetic dog as opposed to a calm dog of the same breed. Some people also assume that toy or small dogs are fine with a little inside exercise, but that’s not the case. They are just as prone to obesity and need the proper amount of movement.

Keep It Interesting

Dogs enjoy checking out their favorite spots to see who has stopped by, but they also enjoy variety. Check out dog parks in your area where they can play and get exercise. But be sensitive to your pet. If your pup is stressed out by other dogs, don’t force it. For anyone limited on time, a doggy daycare can be a good answer. Choose one that is going to send you home with a well-exercised pup. Along with physical exercise, make sure you are providing some mentally stimulating time, too. Teaching your dog tricks is another fun way to incorporate mental and physical exercise.

Keep Your Pet Comfortable

Dogs, just like people, can become obese. And just like people, obesity comes with risks like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. Even though a proper diet and daily exercise are wise choices, be aware that most dogs don’t move as easily as they age. Help your dog stay pain free and flexible after a workout—especially as they age—with curcumin, the active component in turmeric. Clinically shown to provide a wide-range of joint-friendly, anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin is a great way to fight inflammation for your pet. Just be a smart shopper since standard curcumin can be poorly absorbed into your pet’s bloodstream. Instead, choose a high-absorption supplement combined with turmeric essential oil containing ar-tumerone. When you get a product that also adds boswellia to the formula, you’re providing your dog another powerful anti-inflammatory herb. Boswellia has the ability to target an inflammatory pathway that is a known major contributor to joint pain. This combination can help put pep in your pup’s step and busy life.

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