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Exercising Your Senior Dog

Exercising Your Senior Dog

January 14, 2019

Have you been looking for some ways to keep your senior dog active and fit?

Have those precious teacup puppies for sale that you got long ago start to slow down just a bit? Well, we’ve got some tips for you to keep your doggy healthy while aging.

  1. Start out slowly when implementing a new routine.

As you know, your pup has gotten older so it’s important that you start off slowly with your dog. Much like with humans, dogs can overexert themselves when exercising. This is particularly true if your pup is out of shape or somewhat heavier than he used to be. Taking it slowly will help to reduce the chances of injury. We know, this sounds a bit daunting and serious and we don’t mean it that way. It’s just essential that you track any new activities you introduce to your pup, including the days and length of time. Progressive increments implemented is key.

  1. Warm-ups are good.

When it comes to exercising, one of the most important parts is warming up. If your dog suffers from arthritis, he may be stiff in the morning. A quick morning walk will help to loosen up your doggy and get his juices flowing

  1. Low impact exercises are best.

Arthritis is really common in dogs. In fact, 80% have arthritis by the time they are 8 years old. It’s pretty inevitable that those sweet little active teacup puppies for sale that you got long ago will need joint pain management at some point in their lives. It’s not fun to talk about but it’s a part of life and important knowledge to share. Low impact exercises, such as walking and swimming, are excellent for dogs with mobility issues like arthritis. High impact only hurts your pup or makes it worse. No jumping or extended games of fetch are recommended.

  1. Consistency is key.

If you’re starting a new routine for one of your teacup puppies for sale that you love so much will benefit greatly with your consistency. Set a reminder of when you’ll be walking or exercising your dog and stick to it! Dogs that don’t get regular exercise are more likely to injure themselves versus dogs who regularly exercise. Consistency doesn’t mean repeating the same exercises every day. It means sticking to the schedule of actually doing it and properly tracking your pup’s progress.

  1. Work in massage time with your dog.

Just as with humans who start a new exercise routine, dogs can be sore the next day. A relaxing doggy massage can help to soothe your dog’s muscles, increase blood flow and circulation, and decrease the level of stiffness and pain.

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