Naturopathy, Raw Feeding, Nutrition for Companion Animals


Swimming in the creek

One of the laws of Nature is exercise. Not too much and not too little. In the case of our dogs, they need daily exercise such as running in the forest if you are lucky enough to live near one. For my dogs and me, we have one across the street from us. And, it has a creek in it. Dottie loves swimming in it. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for your dog. It does not put any stress on joints and it is used for recovery from injuries. There are also many sports that dogs can get involved in. Such as agility, rally, barn hunting, tracking and many more.
As with anything, you don’t want too much of a good thing. So watch your dog for signs that he needs to take a break. We don’t want any injuries.

Dr. Odette Suter says:


  • Generally speaking, a leashed walk around the block isn’t going to cut it.
  • 30 minutes to 2 hours of activity every day depending on breed and age.
    Power walks keep their frame strong, their weight in check, and help alleviate arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
  • Exercise consistency is key.
  • It’s also important to elevate your pet’s heart rate for 20 minutes during exercise. If your dog is out of shape, you’ll need to start slow and build gradually to 20 minutes per session.
  • Toy or small breeds don’t get enough exercise inside the house (contrary to popular belief) and need much more exercise than they usually get.
  • During such periods of extremely hot or cold weather, it is nice to have a treadmill for exercise. You can also teach tricks to engage your dog’s mind, or run up and down the stairs together or take your dog swimming.
  • Exploring a new hiking trail is exciting to a dog
  • A tired dog is a good dog

So let’s talk about what we can do that’s FUN and creates HAPPINESS and HEALTH:

  • Set aside a special time
  • Write down a few fun activities that you and your animal enjoy
  • Invite a friend or get an exercise buddy
  • Day care, play dates and dog walkers are good options

With puppies, especially large breeds, be careful. Growth plates don’t close on these dogs until 16-18 months of age. Also keep in mind that puppies need to sleep a good portion of the day. I always advise people with puppies to play gently with them. Don’t allow them to jump off of high surfaces such as beds or couches. Do encourage them to take walks beside you with a toy in their mouths.
Have fun with your dogs but keep it in that sweet Goldilocks zone. Not too much and not too little.

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Joy Eriksen CSAN

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My name is Joy Eriksen and I am a Certified Small Animal Naturopath. My passion is helping people with their companion animals. Keeping them healthy and vibrant for a long and happy life.

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