When should you carry your dog?
As energetic as your little furry bundle of joy may be, they need to be carried from time to time if you’re covering long distances. The distance your dog can travel depends largely on your pace. The incline, terrain, and weather can also determine how far they can go.
Dogs should also be carried in situations where it’s necessary that they stay close, such as on planes, trains, or other modes of transportation as well as other public places where there are lots of people.
Long walks for short legs.
Everyone knows that lack of exercise is bad news for you and your dog. An under-exercised dog often acts out by chewing, pacing, and making a mess of the house. But over-exercising poses risks as well. Just like humans, dogs require energy to exercise self-control, and using up that energy could result in a dangerous situation for you, your dog, and the people around you.
Depending on size and breed, most dogs are happy with a daily one to three-mile walk. If you have a small dog, your pup will already be spending more energy than you by trotting alongside you while you walk. A puppy shouldn’t ever walk more than a couple of miles at a time.
If you’ve been spending a long day playing at the park with family and friends, try to keep track of how much exercise your dog is getting. For some dogs, playtime takes priority over their own wellbeing so it’s important that you look for indicators that they are getting overworked.
How to tell when your dog is too tired.
Check their attitude
Your dog can’t communicate with you through words, so their behavior is often the best indicator as to how they are feeling. Keep an eye on abnormal behaviors such as reduced interest in playtime activities, short temper, or overall lack of energy. This could be a sign that you need to scale back exercise and find something better suited to their needs.
Watch their movement
Soreness and stiffness in your dog’s muscles is another sign they have been working too hard. You’ll notice this after your pup rests following playtime. If they struggle to do simple things like stand up, walk up or downstairs, or reach their food dish, your dog needs to take it easy for a while.
Look at the pads of their feet
Paw pad injuries can be extremely painful for your dog and they can take a long time to heal because dogs are on their feet much more than we are. Look for redness, swelling, or any visible tears or flaps on the skin, especially if you’ve been walking or playing on concrete.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke affect dogs too. These situations are a much higher concern during warmer months. If your dog’s body temperature gets too high from too much exercise in the hot sun, it could cause hyperthermia, dehydration, and difficulties breathing. Short-nosed dogs like bulldogs, pugs, and Shih Tzus are at an even greater risk because they take longer to cool down. Age is also a factor as senior dogs have trouble regulating their own body temperatures.