Author Jordan Walker adores all animals most especially his pet dog. He never forgets to impart his knowledge about dogs and other animals on Coops And Cages. In this article he discusses how dog owners can help improve fitness and fun to their pet’s life.
It is not surprising that most dog owners these days treat their pets much like their own children – way too pampered and spoiled. In fact, it has come to a point where pets, especially dogs, turn much like how their owners behave.
And in as much as owners would pride themselves of being responsible toward caring for their dog, there is still a big percent who have failed on keeping their pet’s life fit and fun. Fortunately it is never too late to deal with this ordeal as long as you focus on following some of these quick and easy to follow tricks.
Observe Your Dog’s Behavior
It is crucial to be fully aware of how things are with your pet – are they bored most of the time, do they like to eat too much or are they wondering off in search of things to chew on without reason. Being able to know where to improve on will surely help you understand how to deal with your pet better.
See if you can easily sway your pet to come and join you for a stroll in the park or if it refuses and needs to dragged along to go with you. Taking note of all your observations will give you a better idea on what solutions to work on.
Small Steps at a Time
You may not have noticed but your fluffy friend does have feelings too and pushing them to do something they do not want to do may give you a lot of stress and headache. With this in mind ensure that you take things one step at a time in order for your pet to slowly but surely learn what they must do.
Say they find it terrible to have to go outside and move around, then you have to start activities indoors as an introduction. Teach your dog simple tricks like crawling, backing up or even just spinning around and surely after a given period it will find that doing physical activities is enjoyable and fun.
Use the Reward System When Needed
Although it seems that you are meddling with your pet’s behavior, but ensuring that they practice a fit and fun lifestyle is still a priority. In those special times when it just seems impossible to get it started out, you could look into providing your pet a reward.
As you start to teach it to fetch or play catch, give it a treat just so it gets to reinforce and repeat the behavior. By the time they get used to what to do and what not to do then you can exchange the treat giving with another kind of activity to make the efforts pile onto several helpful and fun experiences for your pet.
Look for a Play Date
If your pet is solo, it can be encouraged to move around and be on fit and fun mode when surrounded with others, so why not arrange a play date with other pet owners. This is a great way for your pet to bond with other dogs and for you to socialize with your own friends too.
You can also go to a local park and let your pet mingle with the neighborhood dogs. This can help your dog learn to be off the leash, improves interaction with other dogs plus adds onto the fact that it gets enough physical activity and enjoyment all in one activity.
Keep It Busy
Being at work for most of the day, you will not really be able to monitor your pet if it continues to keep an active and fun lifestyle even without you there. To ensure that it continues to physically challenge itself to move about and not mope around when you are not around, you can leave a few toys that will help it keep the motivation.
Introduce these toys to your pet and play with it together first, as this will let your pet know how the toy is handled. You can also opt for those versions of toys that can be filled with treats to make the task double the effort and fun for your pet.
Put In Effort Too
Remember that you are your pet’s constant companion and it looks to you for guidance and assurance all the time. Make enough effort too to keep your pet much more fit and have a fun and enjoyable day to day life.
Make sure to take time off to play with your pet even for just a few minutes each day as this will help increase your pet’s fitness. Head out and go for a quick run or teach it how to catch a Frisbee and for sure your pet will really feel the fun in everything you do together.