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You Will Need
- A leash
- A collar
- Plastic waste bags
- A collapsible dog bowl
- A water bottle
Start your exercise program gradually to build up your dog's stamina, especially if your dog is older, overweight, or a puppy.
Walk your dog for 30 minutes twice a day. Try to vary the route so they get to explore new territory.
Run or jog with physically fit, active dogs, increasing the length of the run and its intensity over several weeks. Start by running for a two-minute interval twice during each 30-minute walk, extending the running time by a minute each week.
Check the dog's footpads
Walk or run your dog on soft surfaces such as dirt, sand, or grass until their footpads toughen. Check them for excessive wear and cracking from walking on pavement or hot asphalt. Remove ice buildup between the toes in snowy conditions.
Watch out for over-exertion
Stop exercising immediately and bring your dog to a shady place if you notice that it is panting heavily, breathing irregularly, or staggering.
Scoop the poop
Remember to "stoop and scoop" when walking your dog. It's the law in most cities and part of proper pet etiquette.
Provide water on longer walks and on hot days by bringing a collapsible bowl for your dog and a water bottle for you to share. After all, staying hydrated means a more enjoyable - and longer - workout!