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Things Pet Owners Need to Know About Dog Walking Services

If you are too busy for dog exercise or you just need extra services to care for your dog, it can be difficult and costly to find a good and reliable pet More »


4 Things You WANT to Do To Exercise A Dog With Arthritis

If your dog is diagnosed with arthritis, your vet will likely recommend 3 therapies: weight management especially if your dog is overweight, medication for joints and pain, and exercise. Exercise might seem counter More »


Playing Ball – Gently – for Dogs with Joint Problems

When the cold weather starts,  for many of us walking the dog stops. And that perfectly reasonable. But it doesn’t mean the exercise should stop! I’ve had several comments and from talking More »


How To Start Running With Your Dog

With the weather cooling, if you have been thinking about start running with your dog, this is a good time to introduce it. Extreme heat is generally not an issue and running More »

Exercise and the Mixed Breed Dog

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exercise mixed breed dogYou may see several articles here about exercises and games that indulge the natural tendencies of particular dog breeds, but what about mixed breeds?  What if you don’t know exactly what breed or breeds your dog is? Don’t despair–you have another approach to take to dog exercise.

Holiday Dog Fitness

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Day after Thanksgiving, some of my cousins and my neighbors were sitting around my den watching movies and noshing on awesome leftovers from the day before. My dog Bronx, casually strides in the room and for our entertainment proceeds to throw up all over the floor (beige carpets don’tcha know).

I could be upset (beige carpet!), but I stay composed as I dash for paper towels, and look beyond the event. On reflection there are two things I came away with (and unfortunately hardwood floors in not an option right now).

(originally published in Dec 2007)

Exercise and the Beauceron

exercise and beauceronThe Beauceron was developed in North France starting somewhere in the late 1500’s to guard and help herd sheep. It is actually a cousin of the Briard, another livestock guardian dog.

Got a Fat Dog? Take A Hike!

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In some places, autumn brings gorgeous arrays of colors in nature that are a joy to experience up close. In most places, the cooler weather is great incentive to spend time exercising outdoors without being overwhelmed by the heat. If your dog is a bit out of shape, why not take advantage of this time of year start a different exercise program. Take a hike!

Exercise and the Harrier

exercise and harrierThe Harrier is a type of hound historically used for hunting hares.  It resembles the Beagle, but is a little larger, and was developed from various crosses of the English Foxhound with other breeds. While it was used primarily to hunt hares in Great Britain, the Harrier has also been used in fox hunting there, but has often been used for other jobs in North America including as a companion.

Make Yourself Get Out And Walk The Dog


You don’t want to go out and walk the dog. It’s too cold, it’s too warm, you had a long day, you are tired, you’d rather relax, and so on and on.

You really do want the dog to get some exercise and work off that energy, but you don’t really want to exercise. You do, but you don’t. At least not right now. Maybe later.

Exercise and the Afghan Hound

exercise_and_ Afghan_HoundThe history of this breed is not completely clear, but it is believed that the Afghan Hound was used for hunting by tribal chiefs in Afghanistan. It was developed to chase prey while his hunter was on horseback. This is one of the oldest breeds in existence.

Exercise and the Miniature Poodle

Exercise_Miniature_PoodleThe Miniature Poodle was breed down from the larger Standard Poodle. The biggest difference between these breeds is that the Standard was bred to be a hunting (sporting) dog and the Miniature was bred as a companion or toy dog. (The Miniature is not the same as a Toy Poodle, which is an even smaller breed.)  The Miniature (and Toy) were popular with royalty in England and France in the 1600’s and 1700s. They were also popular circus performing dogs in the 1800s. In many ways, this breed is really close to the Standard Poodle.