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Canine Fitness 101

April 1, 2023

Do you have an active dog? April is Canine Fitness Month! Fido needs regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. A Cornelius, NC vet offers some insight on doggy fitness in this article. 

Choosing Exercises 

Our canine buddies come in all shapes and sizes. Fido’s doggy workout regimen should be tailored to suit his specific needs. Your furry friend’s size, age, breed, and health all come into play here. A Pomeranian may get plenty of activity just running around the house on those tiny legs, while a German Shepherd may need an hour or more of vigorous exercise daily. And while jumping for a Frisbee may be lots of fun for a three-year-old Labrador, it wouldn’t be safe or appropriate for an arthritic senior dog. If you don’t know what is and isn’t okay for your pup, ask your vet for recommendations. 

Possible Options 

Walks are of course Fido’s main workout. However, they are by no means the only options. When it’s warm enough, many pups enjoy swimming. Other doggy activities include agility training, scent work, dock diving, and even pro-level trick performances. 

Home Workouts

Are you more of an indoor person? You may be able to teach your furry bff to walk on a treadmill. Remove Fido’s collar, start on the lowest setting, and supervise him carefully. This can be a great winter workout!

Getting Fido In Shape

If your pooch spent most of the winter snoring in his doggy bed, he may be a little out of shape. You’ll need to build his endurance up slowly to avoid injuries and overexertion. If you want Fido to go jogging or hiking, start by alternating walking with short bursts of running. 

Adventures With Fido 

Active Dog Month is of course about keeping your pooch fit—and therefore healthy—but it’s also a great way to spend time with him. Bring your canine pal to a new park, and let him explore new trails. Or, have some friends with friendly, polite pups over for a puppy playdate. 


No matter what you do, though, take care not to overexert your pup. If you notice any signs of your four-legged friend getting tired, give him some water and call it a day. Fido should also be current on vaccines and parasite control.

Is your pooch overdue for an exam? Contact us, your Cornelius, NC animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!