Having a dog is a great way to get exercise, but if you have physical issues that keep you from doing so, this can create a real problem for you and your four-legged friend. All dogs, no matter their age, have to be kept at least a little physically active. So, how can you ensure that you are getting your dog the exercise they need when you can't exercise yourself? Here are three tips.
If you have trouble moving, there may be friends who can help you or services that you can utilize. If possible, see if you can get a friend, neighbor or family member to come over on a regular basis and help you walk your dog. Failing that, check out what sort of dog walking services are available in your area. This will require some research to make sure it's a reputable, reliable person or service. However, it can be a great way of ensuring that your dog gets the exercise they need.
While all dogs need exercise, some need less than others. If you are unable to do a lot of physical activity with your animal but still want to get a dog, consider adopting older dogs. These dogs can be every bit as wonderful and affectionate as younger ones, but they don't require as much exercise. Unfortunately, older dogs are often the last ones adopted. You'd be doing a very good deed while adopting an animal that fits your needs. It's a win-win situation for you both.
Many under disability find themselves unable to work full time, which their dog thinks means more time to play. For people with limited mobility, this can be a serious problem. However, that doesn't mean that you can't engage in activities at home that can give your pet exercise and much-needed playtime. If possible, clear out a space that you can use to let your dog exercise. Play fetch or tug-of-war with a rope, and research other indoor games that you can play.
Having physical problems that keep you from walking your dog or getting them exercise can create real problems for you. However, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to keep your dog healthy and happy in your care. Use these tips for the skills and tactics you can use to make sure your dog gets the exercise it needs and deserves, despite any physical problems that you may have.
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