Couple of Dog/Human Exercise Comments. . .
- Just like you, your dog needs to start an exercise program slowly. Most people can't just go out and run 5 miles without appropriate build-up training. Your dog is the same. While the dog may not whine or complain and may do exercise you ask as a human would (or at least like my human would), the dog may be doing too much for his current level of fitness. Be smart about what you ask your dog to do.
- Best for dogs (and humans) to eat an hour or two before exercise. Bigger dogs with large chests may need to be more cautious if bloat is a concern. We had an episode in class on a Saturday – dog threw up, Lexie got a 2nd breakfast ;) The dog was completely fine and not phased, but . . .
- It is important to eat after exercise. I haven't read any studies on post exercise food for dogs, but a healthy cookie would be very much appreciated. For humans a mix of carbohydrates and proteins is advised (at a ratio of about 4 to 1) sooner the better, but within 45 minutes or you've missed your optimal replenishment window.
- Just do it – no excuses. Put it on the calendar, get it on your schedule, do what it takes to make time for exercise.