Oscar here. I know we've spoken about the importance of a healthy diet for your pet. And you'll remember that much in the same way as you can easily pack on the pounds when you're not conscious, your pets can too.
Other than watching what you eat, humans have another way to keep yourselves fit and trim—exercise—and it should come as no surprise that pets can exercise too! Now, depending on your dog's breed, there are ideal, and less ideal ways to work out. For instance, dogs with tiny legs and/or any of the dogs with 'smush faces' (Brussels Griffons, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, etc.) have chronic respiratory issues so its probably not the best idea to take them for long runs. Big dogs however, such as labs, golden retrievers or long-legged mutts, are great running companions.
As with everything, there are always some pet owners who like to take things to the next level and stretch the boundaries of traditional exercise. Just last week alone, between Dr. S. and his daughter spotted a number of folks engaging in questionable forms of exercise in Prospect and Central Park respectively. Some of their favorites:
- A woman pushing a running stroller with the baby nestled in back and a chihuahua riding in the prow as the wind whistled through her whiskers
- A tiny Frenchie doing laps of Central Park on his tiny legs
- A man on a bike with a leash tethering his Husky to said bike
- A man on a bike with a tiny pooch's head poking out of a backpack
Now, while these were HILARIOUS to witness, they weren't necessarily putting pet safety first.
Fitness is a vital part of your pet's life in the same way as it should be a part of yours. But before you decide to embark on any new fitness regimen, check with the folks at the PPAC to make sure that what you have in mind is as good an idea as you think it is.
Til' next time,Oscar