Dog Welfare

Fun activities to keep your dog fit and happy!

Keeping your canine friend fit and healthy is one of the best ways to ensure they are happy. It is important for them to exercise on a daily basis so they are strong and energetic, and ready for any adventure. Here are some great activities you can try on your next walk that are fun for both dog and owner, as well as being a way to improve your doggo’s strength.

Fetch

Everyone has heard of this, and most will already do it. Playing fetch with your dog is a fantastic way to keep them moving and will strengthen their muscles and joints! Games that require quick thinking and movement also help keep your friend mentally stimulated for healthier smiles. It should be noted that the frequency you play fetch and the distance you throw will need to be monitored to make sure that your do not overtire your dog. With all exercise it is important to ensure you allow your furry friend to have plenty of rest.

Weaving

With a treat in one hand, lead your dog between and around your legs in a figure-of-eight motion. This is a fun way to have your dog improve their legs muscles from the sudden direction changes around your literal man-made obstacle course. Not only this, it also improves their endurance, flexibility and joints. However, it should be noted that some dogs may be too big for this exercise!

Jogging

If you’re up for it, taking brisk jogs around your local park is a great for you to also get fit alongside your canine companion. Having short jogs keeps both your legs and your dog’s legs strong. It can also act as a way to bond with your dog by exercising and resting together, you can begin to understand each other’s limits. If you do jog, remember to stretch first and start slow – learn what speed is preferable to your dog and make sure you or your dog don’t overdo it.

Step-ups

Add extra agility to your walks by doing step-ups with your dog. Keep an eye out for any slightly raised ledges along your walk and have your doggo jump up on them. This doesn’t require much adjustment for the owner but can improve the hind muscles of your companion. Most dogs love this extra little playful activity and it can add little additional excitement to any route that you would normally walk along.

Hiking

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous then hiking is the perfect way to exercise and bond with your dog. Dogs absolutely love to discover new smells, locations, other animals and insects. Hiking peaks curiosity, encourages mental stimulation and helps strengthen a variety of muscles and joints, as well as helps strengthen lungs and heart. It is a way for owners to bond with their companions too, as new locations can forge new memories that wouldn’t have been discovered without each other’s help. Be sure to research any new locations and check for ticks afterwards to ensure you and your doggo are safe.

Remember: It is important to moderate the exercise our pups do to prevent overheating and tiring them. We have written another blog detailing how to care for a dog on hot days and how to help prevent overheating, which you can read about by clicking here.

The TailTale device was created with dog’s emotions in mind. We wanted to better understand our best friends and so we set about creating a device that allows just that. With heart monitoring, heat sensing, and a GPS tracker, we are able to know our dogs inside and out. If your companion is too hot or their heart rate spikes, TailTale will send an alert to notify you so that you can take a rest. If your furry friend is enjoying something in particular, TailTale will also notify you so you can learn your pup’s favourite things. This level of mutual understanding between human and dog really allows a bond to be strengthened and will make showing your appreciation to your friend much easier.


Keep your dog cool during heatwaves!

With the recent heatwaves that have been striking the United Kingdom, as well as other parts of the world, and reports for more to come, it is important you take extra care of your furry friend. Here are some recommendations to keep your best friend happy, healthy and cool on a hot day.

Top Tips to keep dogs cool:

  • Ensure they have access to plenty of clean drinking water.
  • Try to go for walks in the mornings and evenings rather than midday and plan your route where there are shaded areas.
  • Before going on walks, test the temperature of the pavement – if it is hot to touch for you, it will be hot for your dog.
  • If you notice signs of overheating such as heavy panting, lots of drooling or tiredness, find a shaded area, stop for a drink of water and allow time for your dog to rest a little.
  • If your dog is prone to sunburn, provide a light dog jacket or shirt to protect their skin from the sun’s rays.
  • If your dog is staying inside, you can to keep the windows open with the blinds closed.
  • Never leave your dog in a car.
  • Make tasty ice treats.

Here is an easy trick for tasty treats for your dog:

Any dog-safe fruits or vegetables can be mashed or pureed in a blender and mixed with yoghurt in an ice cube tray (even better if you have a doggy-bone shaped one). The mixture can then be frozen in a freezer to create a delicious snack that will keep your friend cool.

Some favourite fruits are:

  • Watermelon (de-seeded and peeled)
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened Strawberries
  • Apple (de-seeded and cored)

It is popular for many owners to combine their fruit or vegetables with peanut butter to add additional sweetness to the treats. If this is something you plan on doing, make sure your peanut butter has no sugar and no xylitol which is an artificial sweetener that’s poisonous to dogs, to keep your pooch smiling.

The TailTale device has been designed with your dog’s feelings in mind. With a tried and tested built-in thermometer and heart rate monitor, you can better understand how your dog is feeling on those hot summer days!