Live Healthy Iowa’s Strut Your Pup Challenge kicked off Monday and we’re so excited to have our canine companions as our teammates for the next six weeks (and for life)! Just as in other Live Healthy Iowa challenges, your teammate will hold you accountable for getting active and both of you will appreciate the health benefits and companionship.
Dogs appreciate a routine with their owner(s). This will minimize their stress and help to avoid accidents or misbehavior. Just as you train your pup where to go to the bathroom, where to sleep and where they are allowed to roam in the house; train them when to expect to be exercised. A consistent exercise routine is especially important for canines with separation anxiety. Read last week’s Tip of the Week to learn why and how often to allow your dog to exercise.
You may have heard that by scheduling time for exercise and treating it like any other appointment or meeting, you are more likely to stick with it. Begin to develop a routine with your tail wagging teammate and you’ll likely find them waiting for you at the door in the morning or tugging at the leash after dinner. Soon it will be harder and harder to say no to that adorable face longing to burn some energy.
There are many ways to get active with your pooch including playing frisbee, fetch, going for walks or runs, visiting your local dog park and much more! Decide when it is most convenient for you to exercise with your pooch and begin to develop your routine this week!