Sparky’s First Try at Exercise

Modern-day dogs have the best of everything! We get plenty of pampering from our family. We enjoy having a full bowl all the time. We get every kind of chew toy you could imagine. Life is good for us New Age dogs!

But, when my family is away at work and school, I get lonely. I tend to sleep a lot as I wait for them to get home. I’m not complaining. I do have a doggie door and a big fenced-in yard, but I still get a little bored. No one is around to play with me.

In the past few years, I’ve put on a few pounds. I guess lying in front of the TV while the big game was on, or the kids were watching cartoons, has made me a couch potato.

My family has noticed that my girth has got a little bigger, too. But, I’m not the only one gaining weight. My pet parents have the same problem.

Early one morning, I was surprised to find that my owner wanted to take me for a walk. We hadn’t done that in years! As soon as my harness was secure, I gave a big yelp of excitement, jumping up on him to give him kisses.

I was so happy to be outside, walking alongside him. We strolled around the neighborhood, taking in the morning sunlight, listening to the chirping birds. It was fun!

After about 20 minutes, we got back home, and I plopped down on the floor, panting. A few minutes later, I was asleep, dreaming of chasing rabbits, I suppose.

Later that day, after everyone had eaten supper, my female owner called me to the door. She had one of the rubber balls that the kids used to toss me. We went outside, and she threw the ball against the fence, so it bounced off into the yard. I ran after it, snatching it up, and brought it back to her.

We played this game for several minutes until I was too tired to move anymore. My owner gave me a pat on the head, scratched behind my ears, and said I was a good dog. We went inside, and I lay next to the kids as they watched TV. It had been a great day!

And, do you know what the best part was? We took a morning walk every day and had playtime after dinner every night!

After about a month, my pet parents could tell that my tummy was getting slimmer. They must have lost a few pounds, too, because they seemed very pleased.

If you have a pampered pet that has become a couch potato, I suggest using this type of exercise routine. I would start off small, with short walks and limited playtime. After a week or so, you can increase either the length of time or the number of times for each activity.

Also, I know that every pet parent does not have the same daily schedule for work and play. What I would do is personalize the routine to fit your lifestyle.

The goal of this article is to show you that adding exercise to your dog’s life will benefit everyone. Dogs have been working alongside us for thousands of years. Many were bred to hunt, herd and retrieve. Physical activity is a necessary part of a dog’s life. Without it, they tend to have behavioral problems such as digging, barking and chewing.

And, remember, when your dog gets exercise, you do, too. It will make you both happier and healthier in the long run!

Do you have a personal exercise routine that you would like to share? Just leave me a message in the Comments Section. I would love to hear from you.

Photo by Isabela Kronemberger on Unsplash.