Exercising with Your Dog

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A Short Article on Exercising with Your Dog

l Make sure both you and your dog are in shape before undertaking any vigorous activities. l Bring a collapsible dog bowl and a supply of drinking water. l If you take your dog running, watch for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, salivation, vomiting or staggering. l Watch the weather. Taking your dog out for a workout on a hot or humid day could lead to heat stroke. l If your dog gets severely overheated, immediately carry it to a shady spot, allow it to drink small amounts of water and hose it down if possible. Consult a veterinarian. l Periodically check your dog’s feet for cuts, thorns or cracked pads. l Keep dog licensed and on a leash, and clean up after him or her!  l Don’t take your dog for a run or workout right after it’s eaten. | Some dogs love soccer—especially herding breeds like Once your dog learns to "kick" or "dribble" with his nose or paws, your heart rate will be kept up with games of keep-away, or by punting the ball and racing for it.