Don’t you just love it when your dog snuggles up and lounges with you on the couch? Or in bed? Or while you’re relaxing in the backyard? Wait – is your dog just lounging anywhere and any chance it gets? Yep, If your dog is only interested in lounging around, it sounds like you have yourself a canine couch potato. It’s important you get your lazy dog to exercise because if they become overweight or inactive, it can lead to serious health issues. No matter what kind of dog you have, all dogs are meant to run, play and jump. Paw Lofts has put together seven tips to get your lazy dog to exercise.
It doesn’t matter how lazy your dog is – every dog goes bananas when their owner says “you want to go for a walk?!” It doesn’t have to be a long walk, or crazy adventure, as long as your lazy dog is out there and moving, you’re on the right track. Start slow, and gradually work your way into running faster and longer with your pup.
Use Treats & Toys
What better way to get your lazy dog to exercise than with some treats?! To get your dog motivated to move around and exercise, try playing hide-and-go-seek with some toys or treats. Hide treats indoors or outdoors and let them run around, searching for their hidden prize.
Set Up Play Dates
If your dog plays well with other, bring them around other dogs more often. No matter if you’re setting up a playdate, taking them to doggie daycare, or to the dog park, it’s good to get your pup socializing with other dogs. Doggie daycare and dog boarding are great ways to satisfy your dog’s inherent pack nature and keep them active.
You can’t expect your lazy dog to get up and want to be active if you aren’t. Even if it’s just for 10 to 15 minutes a day, it’s important you play with your dog. Grab their favorite toy, and try playing a classic game of fetch or tug of war. The goal is to get your pup active, so even if you just chase each other around the house for a couple of minutes, it’s better than nothing!
If you’re interested in getting your lazy dog active and playing with other dogs, come take a tour of the new Paw Lofts in Dallas! Call to make your reservation for dog daycare today at (214) 463-2663. The Paw Lofts team looks forward to hearing from you.