Owning a pet is a lot of responsibility. For many pet owners, keeping your pet happy, healthy and safe are all priorities of pet ownership. Many dog owners liken ownership to parenthood, especially because dog ownership requires a lot of responsibility and care. For a lot of dog owners, it can be a bit of a learning curve. From different types of dog food to what to write on a silicone pet tag, dog owners juggle a lot on their plate. One thing many pet owners forget is to foster and track their pets’ physical activity. Here are some of the things you can take note of to decide whether or not your pet needs more physical activity!

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  • They sleep a lot. Some animals sleep a lot. Cats, for instance, tend to sleep more often during the day and are more active at sunrise and sunset. However, if your pet is sleeping for very long periods of time, they might need more physical activity. Try to find some energizing treats for them to snack on and encourage them to play with you.
  • They don’t play with their toys. Pets who need more physical activity don’t tend to play with the toys you have for them. This can be attributed to them getting bored with the toys they currently have. Of course, this doesn’t bode well for keeping them active and healthy. If you’ve found that your pet is avoiding their toys, consider going out and getting them some new ones to play with. Be sure to get toys that allow for catnip if you have any felines that live in your home, and grab some toys in which you can add peanut butter or other treats. This will encourage your pets to play with their toys for longer, and it’ll also exercise their minds. It’s a challenge for them, and they get a reward for playing with the toy because they get a treat at the end.
  • Your vet tells you they need more physical activity. Let’s face it. We don’t often know that our pets need more physical activity until the vet tells us so. But, the important thing here is that you listen to your vet. They’re knowledgeable professionals who’ve attended years of school and know what they’re talking about. If your vet tells you that your pet is overweight and needs more activity, then you should listen to them. Vets are also great resources for ideas and assistance in creating a plan for trimming down your pet’s waistline. They’ll be able to prescribe food that helps to manage weight, and they can give you a list of simple exercises your pet can do at home that don’t require you going out and spending lots of money.
  • They can’t keep up with you on your walks. If your pet trudges along behind you while out on a walk, it’s not always because they’re being annoying. Instead, it could be a sign that they’re overweight or underactive. Instead of taking them for longer walks at one time, take them for more frequent shorter walks. While this can be difficult if you don’t work from home, you can always ramp up how often you take them out when you are home. These walks can be as short as five to ten minutes, and they’ll help to get your dog more accustomed to being outside and moving. Get them an innovative Tile for pets to track their location in case they get separated from you on your walk. This info can be vital in returning them to you safely and without harm.

 

dogs that don t need a lot of exercise

  • They bark or meow excessively. Pets who make a lot of excessive noise might be trying to tell you that they’re bored and need more physical activity. This is usually accompanied with other types of destructive behavior, such as scratching, biting or even pacing. If your pet is making a lot of noise during times when they’d otherwise be silent, then this might be a big indicator of their need for more physical activity. Boredom can lead to a lot of negative interactions and behaviors from your pet, so giving them more things to do or ways to be engaged can really help to curtail any unnecessary weight gain and make them more active.

dogs that don't need much exercise

Activities You Can Do with Your Pet

Here are some fun activities you can do with your pet to help them be more active:

  • Go on a hike. If you’re a dog owner, taking your dog on a hike is one of the best ways to get them more active. The natural terrain, sounds, smells and constant activity will keep them engaged and wanting to move. Of course, if you’ve never taken your dog hiking before, then you’ll want to work them up to it or start with smaller, easier trails.
  • Chase them around your home. This one’s for all the feline owners out there. Cats can be difficult to keep engaged, especially since many don’t go outdoors. Playing chase with them around your home is one of the ways you can get them to be more active. Bonus points if you use a toy with a string or another dragging object to get them to follow you!
  • Play fetch. Yes, even cats can fetch! Train your pets to fetch, and then send them on wild chases to go get the ball or object of your choice. Many of them will love the simple activity, and you can even vary it up by tricking them into thinking you’ve thrown the item when really you’ve hidden it in your hand.

Keeping your pet active is a huge part of pet ownership, but it can be tough to determine if your pet needs more physical activity. There are lots of things you can do to get your pet to be more active. Whether you consult their vet or introduce some new toys, engaging your pet in simple ways can be just what you need to get them to be a little more active in their everyday life.