Do you have a retriever?
Who can just fetch a ball or stick forever (and ever and…)? It may be easier to meet your pet’s exercise quota, if you do.
But for the majority of us, we have to be a little creative. We need to be willing to run in the rain for our pointers and buy laser pointers for our Persians. Or wrestle with our mastiffs and toss fuzzy balls to our shorthairs. Or in my case, I’ve been really lucky in having a few good dog walkers over part three years with Oliver. In addition to running miles and miles with him, I’ve employed two great dog walkers in the recent past. You can find them at BallWalkPark and Henry’s Royal Canine Care – in Seattle, anyway. Each of these dog walkers reinforces the training I’ve instilled in Oliver since puppyhood AND then brings him to Magnuson or Marymoor (two huge dog parks we have out here) for a couple hours a day! When I come home after a long day in the office (when Oliver’s not here with me), he’s a sleepy pup who’s happy to snooze on the couch, and I’m a happy mom who can go about making dinner and watching the latest installment of Biggest Loser or some other reality TV show I’m currently obsessed with. Perfection.
How do you make sure your pet is getting enough exercise? Do you work them out yourself or trust someone else to help you out with this? Have you increased your pet’s exercise as a way to help them focus on training or just make them less likely to scratch the couch?
P.S. As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of letting your dog burn off some energy at the dog park. But this can be an intimidating place for some people and their dogs, so I am including a link to a piece about how to introduce your dog (and yourself) to a dog park here. It includes good tips, and should lead to a great way for your dog to socialize and run or walk at his or her own speed for an hour or so. Enjoy!