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Live The Life

Tips for a happy, healthy, gorgeous little dog.

Workouts for Small Dogs

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Workouts for Small Dogs
Sometimes, it's as simple as tossing a ball around.

We’ve heard it since elementary school: regular exercise and a balanced diet are the cornerstones of good health. And it’s just as true for your small dog as it is for you. Here are some tips that will help your smaller dog lead a more fit and healthful lifestyle.

The power of walking

During the week, you two probably have your regular routes. You take one in the morning and maybe another when you take him out after you get home from work. But how about the weekends? Weekends are a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy a longer walk with your dog.

Not only are these walks a good chance for you two to get some fresh air together, but when you’re not walking against the clock, you can push the limits a little. Of course, it’s always important to make sure your four-legged fitness enthusiast isn’t getting too tired.

Wind sprints

Another great fitness tool for your dog is his favorite ball. Going out to the park for a game of fetch may feel like playtime, but it’s a great chance for your dog to sprint and stretch his little legs.

Throw the ball a good distance and have him bring the ball back to you and drop it. Pick up the ball again and make sure you have his attention before throwing it again. He’ll love going after the ball with everything he’s got. And when he’s ready for a break, he’ll let you know.

Group exercise

You’ve seen your dog when he plays with other dogs at the park. He runs. A lot. He’ll chase other dogs, other dogs will chase him and he’ll have a blast doing it. Not only is this great exercise, it’s a wonderful opportunity for your dog to play with his friends.

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