Scooter, the Red and White Parti Colored American Cocker Spaniel Puppy Dog

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Keeping your Puppy Active

A guest post by Rob Leeds:


One of the biggest challenges that we face as dog owners is trying to keep our furry friends happy and healthy. One of the biggest problems for a dog’s health is lack of activity. Here are some simple tips to help you keep your pups activity level high and, as a result, their happiness at its peak.



cocker spaniel in a front seat of a car

The first tip is an obvious one. Try to get a home that has a yard with a decent amount of room. This is almost impossible for many of us who live in cities, but having a yard your dog can play in is great for keeping their activity up throughout the day. Installing dog doors and making sure that your yard is fenced in and secure is vital. A yard that a dog can get out of is pointless and dangerous.

If you install dog doors in your home, you want to make sure that you buy the right size. Go to a shop like www.dogdoorswarehouse.com that has a variety of products so you can choose the right one for the size of your dog. You may even want to quit your gym membership and start running with your dog. If you work regular exercise into your dog’s routine and make it a part of your own exercise routine, you are going to ensure that your pup gets enough activity every week.

Set up play dates with other dog owners who have dogs your own pup gets along with. You will want to train your dog to interact well with others from the beginning. It’s hard to train an aggressive dog out of a bad habit. The sooner you start the easier it will be and the more options you will have for safe play.

Be very careful if you decide to take your dog to dog parks. More bites and injuries occur at dog parks than anywhere else. Too many people with poorly trained dogs go to dog parks and just take the leash off. These are not kids at day care. They are animals and they can be unpredictably defensive.

Consider hiring a dog sitter. This does not even have to be a professional with huge credentials. There are probably plenty of trustworthy kids in your own neighborhood who would love the chance to play with a dog and earn a little extra cash. Many of us are too busy to give our dogs all of the attention they need and having someone who can take your dog out while you are at work is a great solution to this. Make sure to not rely entirely on the dog sitter, though. Mutual activity is a great bonding activity that you don’t want to miss out on.

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