Pet parents who enjoy working out with dogs are getting 25% more exercise than those who don’t, according to a new national online survey commissioned by PetSmart, North America’s largest pet specialty retailer. The survey collected data from 1,520 U.S. pet parents surveyed between April 8-11, 2019.
The exercise is paying off for pets, too, according to Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert. “Health benefits of exercise range widely for pets but can include helping to maintain a healthy weight which in turn can help with arthritic joint disease and improve cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Freeman. “In general, exercise can reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems including behavioral issues.”
The survey also found that 65% of pet parents prefer to work out with their dog than with another person. It’s the pet parent’s responsibility to make sure their pet is safe and comfortable during exercise, said Freeman. Before starting any exercise regimen, it’s important to consider the breed, age and size of your dog.
Certain dog breeds with short noses, called brachycephalic breeds, can have difficulty breathing. That means pet parents should try lighter exercise and focus on keeping their pets cool and hydrated. The Top Paw® Travel Water Bottle is perfect for any type of dog.
Young dogs have lots of energy and will be thoroughly entertained by products like the Chuckie!® Ball Launcher Dog Toy. These toys are especially helpful for young dogs that need short spurts of exercise, as sustained exercise like running can harm developing bones.
Pet parents should ease overweight dogs into an active routine so their bodies can safely adjust and benefit from the exercise. Going on walks is a great way to start. The Top Paw® LED + Reflective Dog Leash makes any walk safer for pets and pet parents.
For more information about exercise products and tips at PetSmart, visit petsmart.com.