Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving #GrabTheLeash

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By Robbi Hess, Executive Story Editor, Crimeless Cat

This post is sponsored by Therabis™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Therabis – Hemp wellness products to help your dog with itching, anxiety and joint mobility. Positively Woof only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Therabis is not responsible for the content of this article.

Living in Western New York means we have four seasons — sometimes we have all those seasons in one day, but for the most part they are  well-defined. Because of that, we have many days of the year when it’s ideal to get up, get out and get moving with our two dogs. Henrietta is our almost eleven-year-old poodle and Murray, our just-over-a-year-old goldendoodle love walks. When we grab the leashes off the hook they know excitement is just beyond the door. Whether we take them for a quick dash outside to do their business or if we stroll in the woods, we understand the importance of movement — for them and us.

As a breast cancer survivor, I am aware of the need to keep moving, stay active and to eat healthy. The treadmill is my go-to form of exercise during the hottest and most humid parts of the day during the summer. I also know that moving is important for my pets and I make certain our dogs and our cats get some form of exercise daily.

Henrietta isn’t fond of being out in the cold, damp and snowy weather, but Murray is thrilled to be running around — no matter the weather. He is a bouncy, active, enthusiastic bundle of energy and getting a long walk in daily is a must to help him burn off energy, sleep well and calm him down. Henrietta thrives better in the heat than Murray does because she always seems cold so hot, humid weather is just her speed while it has Murray’s tongue hanging down to the ground by about ten in the morning.

Because Murray is a big puppy — he topped out at seventy pounds at his annual wellness vet visit last month — we knew we wanted to start him young on a regimen of cannabinoid joint supplements. His predecessor, our beloved Spenser, was a husky-lab mix who weighed more than one hundred pounds and as he aged, we knew he suffered joint pain and had a difficult time getting up and down the four stairs to go outside. We don’t want Murray to suffer the same fate so we are starting him at this early age on Therabis because we know that as he ages arthritis and pain from hip dysplasia can become problematic.

I am what you might call “lazy in the kitchen” so I love that Therabis CBD supplements come in easy-to-use single-serving sachets and Murray loves the taste. I also love that the Up And Moving Formula was developed and refined for more than ten years by veterinarian, Dr. Stephen M. Katz and his passion to improve the quality of life of animals is now benefitting Murray.

Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving #GrabTheLeash

Tips for safely getting up, getting out and getting moving (good ideas for your dog AND you!)

If your dog is a couch ornament, start slow when introducing him to a walking routine. Just as you wouldn’t get off the couch and run a marathon without working your way up to that distance, start your dog with slow, short walks to help strengthen her muscles, heart and lungs. Don’t get sidelined by a limping pet because you went from couch to ten miles in one fell swoop.

Check the weather.  If it’s cold and snowy you may want to put pad protectors on your dog — whether it’s boots or a paw balm — snow, ice and rock salt can injure them. Don’t leave your dog out in weather that is too hot or too cold. Don’t walk in the woods if it’s thundering and lightning — probably doesn’t need to be said, but I said it anyway!  If you live in Arizona or other areas of the country that are seeing triple digit temperatures, stay indoors. Not only is it too hot for your pet and for you to be safely out of doors, the pavement and sidewalks can burn the sensitive pads of your dog’s paws. Get your walking in before the sun comes up, after the sun goes down or stick to shaded, grassy areas for walks.

Speaking of shaded areas… our house is bordered by woods and we regularly have deer in the back yard. Deer are known tick carriers and because of that we check our dogs for ticks (and check ourselves as well) after we come back from walks. We check them every time we are in the yard — not just the wooded areas. If you live in a tick-infested area, ask your vet for suggestions on tick treatments.

Hydration is crucial. Even if you don’t think it’s “that hot” I urge you to always bring water and a bowl for your dog. You may not think it’s hot, but it could be sweltering for your furry friend. Stop and offer her drinks at regular intervals — every ten to fifteen minutes. Just as you take a poo bag with you on your walks, taking a bowl and water should be part of your walking gear.

Keep your dog leashed. Unless you’re in a fenced in area, I urge you to keep your dog on a leash. You just don’t know what will make him bolt away or you don’t know what other dog may be roaming loose that could cause trouble. If your dog is leashed, you have better control and he will be safer. When we take our dogs for walks, even in the woods, they have their collars with their identification tags on them and are on leash — we use longer leashes for these walks than we do on walks in the village. We want them to be able to dash back and forth and sniff the wonderous smells of the forest, but we don’t want them dashing into the undergrowth to chase a scent or a rabbit or a deer.

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.