1. Understand your dog’s individual exercise needs and talk with your veterinarian about proper exercise tips.
2. A consistent exercise regimen can go a long way in curtailing behavior problems.
3. Make sure your environment is safe and secure.
4. Ask your veterinarian how much exercise is too much at each stage of life.
5. Ask your veterinarian how little exercise is too little at each stage of life.
6. Find out from your veterinarian any specific breed requirements or conditions that might change the way you and your pet exercise.
7. Discuss with your veterinarian the type of containment area that will provide optimal exercise opportunities for your pet.
8. Remember to start slow and build up your pet’s exercise plan.
9. Weather can play a big role in your daily exercise schedule. Cold, snow, ice, heat, storms, and wind can change your exercise plans daily. Be sure to have back up plans in case of foul weather.
10. If your pet shows any signs of discomfort or pain during or after exercise, let your veterinarian know. They can give your dog a check up and look for any signs of arthritis or exercise related injury. Many new medications will allow your pet to continue with healthy exercise even as age and arthritis reduce their activity levels.