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Diamonds in the Ruff

We all want our pets to live long and healthy lives - the best way to make that happen is to provide a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and reduce stress in their lives.  If your normally good natured dog suddenly becomes irritable, look to his health first. A visit to your veterinarian may be the answer. 

 

A tired dog is a good dog?  There is a right and wrong way to exercise your dog.  Over exercising and over feeding young puppies can cause serious injuries to their growing bone structure.  Your attempt at making them healthy may actually cause a future of health problems and a lifetime of pain.  Your busy, frenetic dog needs to learn to relax as much as he needs to be "worn out."

 

Exercise puppies carefully

Running with your dog

 

Often behavior issues and physical issues overlap.  A dog who isn't getting enough exercise may act out in a number of ways.  A dog with chronic discomfort or pain may show uncharicteristic behavior as well.  Increasing exercise might help a stir crazy under-exercized dog.  But if you start a major physical regime with a dog who is acting out because of pain, you could do real damage.  See your veterinarian first.

 

When the chronic stress or pain result in behavior changes, you must first address the physical issue with your veterinarian and then follow through to work through the residual behavior habits with your trainer.

Healthy Pets are Happy Pets

Older dogs benefit from exercise that is easy on aging joints and builds core strength gently.

Local resources for canine physical therapy:

 

Animal Wellness Connection, LLC


PhysioPaws - Dr. Sonni Gilbert

Careful balance work is a great way to build strong, confident puppies without stressing growing joints.  We also include group work on exercise equipment to help anti-social dogs learn to work and play in the presence of other dogs and people.

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This handout may be reprinted in its entirety for distribution free of charge and with full credit given:  © CAROL A. BYRNES "DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF" Training for Dogs & Their People -ditr_training @ hotmail.com - http://www.diamondsintheruff.com