It is important to work out your dog every now and then. It brings about wholeness to the mental and physical health of the dog. There are many activities that form workouts for dogs; these include running, hiking, rollerblading, walking, biking etc. For any workout method you engage in, it becomes important to consider safety issues for both you and the dog.
You can avoid injuries, pains and other dangers if you are mindful of the following three quick safety tips when working your dog out.
- Mind the leash of the dog – If the dog pulls too hard on the leash, this could result to injury on the throat. Leash-related injury could also occur if there is an unexpected jerk during the workout. You can avoid these by allowing the dog to run or walk by your side. Never tie the leash to your wrist during workout because the dangers of pulling and pushing suddenly may cause injury to the both of you. A hands-free leash should be considered because it convenient for long distance workouts even as it can help to hold your phone, dog treats, keys, etc, for easy access.
- Consider keeping the Energy Level of the Dog high – It is easy for the body to become dehydrated during a workout. When this happens it becomes easier for injury to set in. To keep the energy level of the dog high you consider carrying water and a few treats during the workout. This would be a very good idea especially during the summer when the temperature level is high.
- Constantly check your dog for signs of injury – In the course of the workout it is important to look after the dog to check for signs of injury. You don’t need to push the dog too hard beyond his level of fitness. When he is getting tired, slows down or stops to prevent increased risk of pain and sore. Sign that must not be ignored during workout include excessive panting or trouble breathing. Proper attention must be given to the dog after checking the body and feet for cuts, scrapes and injuries.
So, these are three quick safety tips you can apply improve health of your dog during and after workouts.