Note from Con Slobodchikoff: This is a three part series by Tom Melby, owner and director of an animal shearing equipment company called Clippers Ireland. Tom was gracious enough to let Dog Behavior Blog reprint the infographics that he developed about Canine Fitness. This is Part 1 of three parts. Here is what Tom writes:
Today, there are lots of new forms of exercise for dogs. There is now an exercise routine for every dog, no matter their size, age or breed! Your treasured pooch can now partake in flyball, surfing, canicross, swimming and agility competitions.
Not only does exercise bring you and your dog closer together (which allows you both to build trust) it is also critical for good health. Additionally, exercise has also been shown to minimise dogs’ attention seeking behaviours. As well as this, it also helps to keep your dog at a healthy weight.
If you don’t have the time to start a new doggie sport with your four legged friend, why not play some fun indoor exercises such as fetch, tug of war or hide and seek? Getting your loyal companion to run up and down the stairs is a simple yet effective way to get your dog much needed exercise without having to leave the house.
Clippers Ireland have designed this brilliant infographic that outlines some creative doggie exercises that we can try out. For all the details on creative canine fitness, let’s check out the below infographic!