Caring for Your Canine Companion: FIdo’s Fitness Regimen

Does your furry friend have a lot of energy and love to play? Do you have a four-legged couch potato? Regardless of your dog’s preferences, regular exercise is essential for their overall well-being. Certainly, there is a wide range of variation in doggy workouts. Here’s some advice from a local Greenbrae, CA veterinarian.

How Can I Know If My Dog Is Getting Sufficient Exercise?

Fido’s weight and body condition are reliable indicators here. If you have any concerns about your pet’s weight, it’s always a good idea to discuss it with your Greenbrae, CA veterinarian.

Additionally, there are some behavioral indicators to consider. Insufficient physical activity in dogs can lead to undesirable behaviors like digging and chewing. Fido might also be a little unruly if he’s not getting sufficient exercise or mental stimulation.

How Do I Keep A Senior Dog Fit?

As your furry friend grows older, his activity needs will change slightly. Your pooch may experience a decrease in strength and stamina, leading to increased fatigue. Senior dogs are also more vulnerable to extreme temperatures, which is also something to keep in mind.

Walking and playing are generally safe for older dogs. Just don’t push Fido too hard. Monitor his condition closely and bring him in when he shows signs of fatigue.

What Are Some Fun Doggy Sports For My High-Energy Dog?

There are more than 200 breeds listed in the AKC roster. Each of them was initially created to fulfill a particular objective. (Even toy breeds had a purpose: being adorable!) Understanding Fido’s breed can provide valuable insights into his preferences and interests.

If you and your furry companion are looking for some fun and exciting activities, here are a few suggestions:

  • Canine Choreography
  • Skatejoring, a thrilling activity where you can enjoy skateboarding while your dog takes the lead! There are also variations, such as skijoring and bikejoring.
  • Dock Diving
  • Agility
  • Canine Lure Coursing
  • Flyball
  • Treibball
  • Canicourse (Running With Fido)
  • Exploring the great outdoors!

Reach out to your Greenbrae, CA veterinarian for recommendations.

How Do I Know When My Dog Is Tired?

Regardless of the activities you and your furry friend engage in, you’ll need to make sure that Fido does not get too tired. Dogs are incredibly loyal creatures, always willing to go above and beyond to make their owners happy. Here are some red flags to be aware of:

  • Excessive panting
  • Falling Behind 
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Tripping
  • Discolored Gums

If you notice any of these signs, immediately offer your dog water and allow them to rest. After that, return to your home. If symptoms persist, contact your animal clinic.

What Activities Are Safe And Unsafe For Dogs?

The response to this question will vary, depending on Fido’s age, weight, size, and health. It will also change as your pet gets older. Any health issues that Fido develops may also be a factor. Your Greenbrae, CA veterinarian is an excellent source of information for this.

However, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Certain dogs should avoid engaging in high-intensity physical activities. Brachycephalic dogs, like pugs and Boxers, are a good example of this. These guys are very cute, but unfortunately, those adorable pushed-in faces can have significant health implications. These dogs’ air passageways are exceedingly short, making it easy for them to lose their breath. Their physiology also makes it more challenging for them to regulate their body temperature when they become overheated, as panting is not very efficient for them. It’s important to avoid encouraging a brachy to engage in vigorous exercise or play. Swimming is also not recommended for them, but your furry friend might have a great time wading or playing in a sprinkler or doggy fountain.

Another factor that could limit Fido’s activity options is the potential for hip dysplasia. This condition is commonly seen in specific breeds like German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers, although it can affect any dog. If your dog is prone to arthritis or hip dysplasia, your vet may advise that you avoid encouraging Fido in activities that involve jumping or standing on the hind legs.

Is Swimming Safe For Dogs? 

That also depends on the dog. For some pooches, this can be a great, non-impact workout. Certain dog breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, have a natural affinity for water and take to it like fuzzy, barking ducks. Others? Not so much. Swimming can be dangerous for small and toy breeds, larger dogs, and dogs with long, narrow torsos, like Corgis and Dachshunds. 

How can I Keep My Lazy Dog Active?

We all know that saying: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink?” That is definitely applicable here. You’ll need to take your pup’s opinion and preferences into consideration. explore activities that your dog is likely to enjoy. Consider Fetch, for example. Many dogs pick this up naturally. And then some of our canine pals would simply give you a cute, puzzled expression when you throw a stick for them.

That said, walking is the standard, and something that nearly any dog can enjoy. 

How Can I Keep Fido Active Inside?

At some point, there will be days when going for a longer walk with your furry friend may not be very appealing. During inclement weather, your furry friend may become restless while staying indoors. Regular exercise is important for maintaining your dog’s fitness and overall health … even indoors.

Here are a few options for you:

Running Up And Down Stairs

This will only be suitable for dogs that enjoy playing fetch and are physically capable of running up and down stairs a few times. Just go to the top of the stairs while holding Fido’s favorite toy. Call him to you. When he brings you the toy, gently throw it down the stairs. 

Doggy Treadmill Workouts 

Do you happen to have a treadmill available? If so, you can determine if your pet enjoys it. Prioritizing safety is essential. Please remember to remove your pet’s collar or harness. Begin by setting him at the lowest speed and closely monitoring his progress. Always keep an eye on your dog and never leave them unattended on a treadmill. (Note: Some cats also use treadmills. If you haven’t already, look up the viral video of Fluffy dancing to the iconic Maniac song from the Flashdance soundtrack. It’s beyond adorable.)

Exercise Partner

Fido can make a great workout buddy! If you exercise indoors, you can consider including your furry friend in your workout. Are you doing sit ups? Grab a dog toy, and toss it while you’re in an upright position. 


Playing Fetch indoors is possible as long as you have sufficient space. Be sure to steer clear of areas with fragile or hazardous items.

Conclusion: Dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy. However, your pet’s doggy workout will need to be customized according to his age, size, breed, health, and preferences. Ask your vet for some specific advice regarding what is and is not suitable for your dog.

Do you have any inquiries regarding your dog’s activity requirements? We can help! Feel free to reach out to us, your nearby Greenbrae, CA pet hospital, at any time!

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