Don't Let Quarantines Disrupt Walks, Parks, and Fall Dog Fun!

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It’s understandable why you may have slowed down a bit this year. But keeping your dog moving is important now more than ever.

After all, don’t want your furry friend to get sluggish going after that squirrel, do you? Or to turn the overnight dog bed into a dog daybed? At the end of the day, there should be more than the sound of kibble hitting the bowl that makes your pup run.

We know how important it is for pet parents to be active – and the same is true for our four-legged fur besties.

As a bonus, the American Veterinary Medical Association says physical activity is a boon to your dog’s mental game, too. Smart, fast, and lean? What a good dog! Speaking of the AVMA, you should always talk to your vet before you and your pet decide to transition from the couch and lapdog routine to a 5K and super K9 event.

But once you’re both ready to get your tails moving, there are easy ways to put one paw in front of the other.

We’ve got three easy ways to keep your wagging wonder from becoming a poky little puppy.

1. Just walk

It sounds obvious. Of course, you have to “walk” your dogs. (And don’t forget to pick up after them.) But we’re not just talking about THAT kind of walk.

Go out and enjoy the day. Take an extra five minutes after the “necessary business.” Then go for ten minutes. Start with short but frequent walks on the weekend and then build up to longer strolls or jogs.

Avoid walks during the hottest (or coldest) weather when possible. And, of course, be sure to have plenty of water available for both of you.

And remember, when you’re with your dog, it’s not ALL about you – nature will probably call, so let everything come out OK to keep that digestive system working as it should.

Soon, your pooch will become your favorite pet-ometer, reminding you to get in those steps. 

2. Remember Play Time?

Fun and games aren’t just for kids. Dogs are born to play.

Toys aren’t just for fun – they’re for health, too. Good old-fashioned fetch and frisbee are amusing for your dog (and for you), but they can also keep up keen paw-eye coordination and cardiovascular health. These active games also strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.

Are you feeling super creative? Try building an obstacle course with everyday household items like boxes, stools, broom handles, and buckets. Dogs love to figure things out, and keeping them agile is great for their mobility.

3. Hide-and-Go-Seek 

Think of it as Trick-or-Treat for canines. (Except without the tricks. That’s mean.) Instead, hide some delicious rewards around the yard. You can even offer up a delicious incentive that will keep allergies away and keep up their gut health. They’ll work out their brain and legs looking for the hidden treasure – and you’ll know that you’re doing everything you can to keep them frolicking. 

We hope to see you and your puppers out and about soon. Let us know what new activity you and your Bestie are doing to feel Zesty! We love to hear from you on social media and see photos of your adventures. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. Be sure to use #ZestyPaws!

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