Some business matters before we launch into the nitty gritty...
For simplicity, I mostly refer to dogs in the singular. Despite this, I’m a BIG fan of Double Trouble - that is, two dogs in a family. So know that when I say “dog” I’m also referring to the happiest kind of ‘trouble’ there is: Double Trouble. Use common sense and your vet’s and trainer’s advice to make the activities on this website suitable for Double Trouble.
Consult Your Vet
Always check with your vet before doing any new activity to make sure that activity is safe for your dog.
Consult Your Health Professional
Although the exercise techniques on this website are for your dog, most involve physical exertion on your part, so be sure to get the thumbs up from your health professional before starting any of these new activities.
Slow Change Means Safe Change
Dramatic overnight changes can lead to injury, so increase the amount of exercise your dog does gradually.
Exactly How Much Exercise Is Enough?
It will vary with each dog, so ask your vet. The vet will take everything (age, breed, medical conditions, and the individual dog) into account to tell you how much daily exercise your dog should aim to build up to, and how many rest days per week (if any) he or she needs.
What About Puppies?
The activities on this website are for adult dogs, not puppies. If you have a puppy, ask your vet about the types and amounts of exercise suitable for your pup’s age and breed.
Keep a Dog Log - that is, an exercise log for your dog. That way you can provide your vet with concrete data of your dog’s progressive increase in exercise. When your dog reaches his or her maximum level as advised by your vet and you’ve got yourself into somewhat of a routine, you can stop keeping records if you wish.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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