Staying active

It’s important for both you and your dog to stay fit,
healthy and active.

Like humans, each dog has different fitness requirements. While some small dogs burn off energy scampering about the house during the day, others need a little more exercise to keep them in tip-top form.


Daily Walking

Going for walks in the great outdoors is a fantastic way of keeping fit, as well as enabling your dog to socialise and satisfy that naturally curious nature. Even if it’s just a short stroll down your local high street, walking with your dog provides a great opportunity to spend quality time together. Plus, who knows who you might meet while you’re on your travels!

Things to notice...

Warning signs

Little dogs make up for their size with large amounts of energy – they’re usually very keen to keep up with their owners! It’s important to remember not to overdo it, particularly during the hotter months. Heat stress and fatigue can come on very quickly.

Essential exercise...


As well as keeping them fit, exercise is an important way of helping dogs remain mentally agile. We all know that some days are busier than others – it’s not always easy to squeeze a long walk in. When exercise options are limited, ensure your dog has other activities to do. Toys that require thought are great.

Upping the pace...


Be sure to consult your vet before you and your dog embark on a major fitness challenge. He or she will be able to assess whether or not your pet’s cardiac and circulatory systems are up to the challenge. And remember, it’s always best to things up gradually.

The importance of rest...


Some dogs – for example puppies, older dogs and expectant mothers – should be monitored carefully when exercising. If your companion is a little under the weather, the best option is make sure he or she is rested properly and given the right amounts of food and water. Check with your vet if you’re concerned.

Training needs...


No-one likes rudeness, so it’s essential that your dog learns some basic good manners. Many animals enjoy some training and even if you don’t want to launch yourself into a rigorous obedience regime, it is important that your pet understands how to behave, whether alone with you or out and about with others.