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Celebrating Active Pet Month: Keeping Your Furry Friends Fit and Happy!

by Kamie Roth April 06, 2024

Celebrating Active Pet Month: Keeping Your Furry Friends Fit and Happy!

April is not only a time for spring showers and blooming flowers but also a time to focus on the health and happiness of our beloved pets!

Why Active Pets Are Happy Pets!

Just like humans, pets need regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Regular exercise is essential for pets of all ages and breeds. Not only does it help them maintain a healthy weight, but it also provides mental stimulation and reduces the risk of behavioral issues.

Dogs thrive on physical activity as it allows them to release excess energy and bond with their owners. And since such a large part of horses’ lives are spent grazing, you need to ensure they are getting daily exercise too! While this exercise does not necessarily need to be riding, there still needs to be some form of movement in their regular activities.

Fun Activities For Active Pets!

  1. Outdoor Adventures: Take your dog for a hike in the woods or a stroll through the neighborhood. Not only will they enjoy the sights and smells, but they will also get a great workout! Remember to keep them on a leash and bring plenty of water too.
  2. Trail Riding: Take your horse out for a scenic trail ride! It is a fantastic way for both you and your horse to enjoy nature and get some exercise.
  3. Interactive Toys: Invest in toys that encourage physical activity and mental stimulation. Puzzle feeders, fetch toys, and laser pointers are great options for keeping your pets entertained and active while indoors.
  4. Agility Training: Set up a mini agility course in your backyard or living room using items like cones, tunnels, and hurdles. This is a fun way to challenge your pet’s agility and coordination while building trust and communication between you and your four-legged friend!
  5. Longeing: Longeing is a terrific way to exercise your horse while you stay on the ground. You can use longeing to work on your horse's obedience, balance, and fitness.
  6. Swimming: If you have access to a dog-friendly beach or pool, take advantage of it! Swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise for dogs, especially for those with joint issues or arthritis. Some horses enjoy swimming so If you have access to a safe water body, consider taking your horse for a swim too!
  7. Competitions: If you and your horse are competitive, consider entering competitions such as endurance riding, show jumping, or dressage events. Competing can be a fun way to challenge yourself and your horse while also meeting other horse enthusiasts!
  8. Group Classes: Enroll your pet in a group obedience or agility class. Not only will they get to socialize with other pets, but they will also learn new skills and burn off energy in a structured environment.

Tips For A Safe, Active Month!

  • Always consult with your veterinarian before starting a new exercise regimen, especially if your pet has any health concerns or mobility issues.
  • Start slow and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise sessions to avoid injury.
  • Pay attention to your pet's body language and energy levels. If they seem tired or reluctant to participate, take a break and try again later.
  • Stay hydrated! Keep plenty of fresh water available during outdoor activities and avoid exercising in extreme heat or cold.

This month let us make a commitment to prioritize our furry friends' physical and mental well-being! Whether it is a daily walk around the block or an agility training session in the backyard, finding ways to keep our pets active and engaged is key to ensuring they live long, healthy, and happy lives. So, grab your leash, put on your walking shoes, and let us get moving with our beloved companions!

Kamie Roth


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