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Exercises for your dog, No Matter the Weather

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The common refrain is that a tired dog is a good dog, but how do you know you’re tiring out your pup using the right exercises? Large dogs are more prone to joint issues, so you want to carefully introduce exercise that works their muscles but won’t cause them harm down the road.

 

Most dogs need 30-60 minutes of exercise every day, and pet owners can always use the activity, too. Make use of the time working out with your pet to bond as well as meet your daily exercise quota. Jillian Michaels would be proud.

 

A few exercise tips for you and your large dog:

 

Mix up your daily walk with your dog by introducing intervals of jogging or running to boost his heart rate and burn more calories both of which are big pluses for humans, as well. Changing your stride and speed helps him tune in with you, recognizing you’re leading, and he may become a better leash-walker as well.

Walk on different surfaces sand, snow, grass or pavement to work different parts of his leg muscles. Be sure that the temperature isn’t harming him, however: Do the five-second test to see if the pavement is too hot by putting the back of your hand on it. If you can’t stay there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pooch. In terms of cold weather, breeds bred for colder climates (like Alaskan Malamutes) are generally comfortable being out in cold weather if they normally live in that colder climate. Dogs without an undercoat or with a short coat are likely to be uncomfortable in colder temperatures, as are elderly dogs or those with health conditions.

Use obstacles like benches, fallen trees, puddles or logs to help with your dog’s cognitive skills. You can do this either on a hike or by setting up your own obstacle course. Agility training works on their confidence and develops news skills.

Play tag with your dog in a safe space, like a fenced-in yard. Just be careful when playing with herding breeds, as some aggressive tendencies may emerge.

On rainy days or when you need a breather, have fun with your dog indoors by using a laser pointer. He’ll follow the red light, so use caution when pointing it: Don’t catch him in the eye or make him run into furniture. With his eye on the dot and an intention to please you, he can easily be injured.

Exercise his brain through tricks like shaking hands, lying down or bowing on command. Try “nose work,” like having him find a treat hidden in progressively more challenging places.

 

Not only does having a tired dog mean he isn’t causing trouble in the house, but it also keeps him at a healthy weight. It’s critical to exercise your dog and monitor his weight since obesity and inactivity are the biggest causes of joint problems. The risks of a heavy dog are scary, too: Obesity can lead to diabetes and heart disease, and it also worsens orthopedic problems like hip dysplasia and arthritis.


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Truly Industructible

Due to their high quality and great customer service, I own all Monster K9 toys they have. We have a 2 year old Belgian Malinois that requires daily activities due to his breed. Thus, high-quality, low price toys are an absolute must.

We use this as our back up toy when his Frisbee is out of commission. If you throw this overhanded with your palm facing towards you and flick your wrist, it rolls AMAZINGLY on the ground. While our Malinois loves playing with it the most, all of our dogs love chasing it as speeds across the ground.

To top it off, once you're done with playtime, if you want to your dog have it for the rest of the afternoon, there's almost no chance they're going to destroy it. It's a very high-quality rubber that is very similar to the rubber used in reusable rubber firearm targets. When punctures or cuts are introduced, the rubber material instantly and naturally 'self-fills' the gaps so you can barely notice it's even there. This dramatically reduces the chance of open gashes, spaces, or weak points for your dog to grab a hold of to rip it apart.

We've owned ours for 5 months now and haven't had to replace it. For $13 plus free shipping, this puts other "tough" dog toys to shame.

The best there is!

While it may not be entirely 'indestructible', which is stated in the guarantee information, for $14 this is by far the best and most durable Frisbee on the market. Other companies will charge $20-$30 for "tough" Frisbees or cloth Frisbees and they'll last a week or two tops. This Frisbee lasts 1-2 months with our 70lb Belgian Malinois and is made with thick high-quality rubber.

I'll take that ANY day over spending $20-$30/wk on Frisbees, in which some are hard plastics that produces very sharp edges that are dangerous if ingested.

If you let your dog chew on it daily, you might see a slightly reduced life on this Frisbee. But if you keep it put up and only take it out only during play time, you'll easily get a few months or more out of it. Because of it's high durability, we let our Malinois have WAY longer than any other Frisbee we've bought in the past; and it still lasts longer than a multitude of other brands we've bought. Plus, he absolutely loves it!

Loved and Destroyed Frisbee

Rebel loved the frisbee. It last about 2 weeks. Can we get a ball as a replacement? We’very had much better results with the ball.

Ultra Durable ChewRing

Has been a GREAT CHEW, FETCH, OR TUG OF WAR TOY. The ring makes it difficult for my 85lb aggressive chewer to destroy unlike the stick whereas he can do damage to the end. Would like a ring in a large diameter. This inside hole size makes it harder to play tag of war with lager size dogs.

1 x Ultra Durable ChewStick Tug of war Toy

My two dogs enjoy playing with this stick together but playing time is limited because my aggressive chewer wants it to himself. The straight shape makes it easier for him to chew on the end and has put some sizable pits at the end. My fear is that with continued chewing he'll do enough damage to bite through and swallow a large chunk. It has to be taken away and put up when playing time "together" is over. No chew time alone.