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The Importance of Exercise for Your Dog

With the cold weather upon us, many of us dread the freezing cold dog walks. I know I do! For me and probably many others, the thought of bundling up in a parka and braving the icy cold wind at 6am is not the way I prefer to spend a Sunday morning. However, regular exercise is of the utmost importance for your dog. Especially in the cold weather months, your dog can get cabin fever, just like we do, and they require fresh air, sunshine and regular walks to stay balanced and healthy. Many dogs with high levels of energy require more exercise than others, and without it can become destructive, anxious or depressed. As the days get shorter and there is less daylight, dogs can get just as blue as we can. So, take your dog out for a brisk walk....your expensive couch will thank you!

When you absolutely cant get outside, there are other ways to burn of Fido's energy. Try a dog treadmill....yes, you heard me correctly! A doggie treadmill! With a Dog Treadmill, your dog can exercise anytime, anywhere and in any weather. Establish a regular exercise routine for your best friend. Treadmill training can give a dog a great workout regardless of weather or environment, allowing owners to maintain a consistent exercise regimen. Treadmills provide increased muscle definition, toning, improves vitality, increases life span and can help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise. Keeping your pet healthy is a key ingredient to a happy pet.

On those chilly but dry days, go for a hike! Enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend. Another energy burner is the Dog Back Pack. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The Extreme Dog Back Pack in particular, takes back packs to a new level of durability and function! On your next hiking trip, have Fido carry his own gear. Not only will you not have to carry his water bottle and food, but he will get a good workout; expending all of that pent up energy. Also, your pup will feel like he is working for his lunch and pulling his weight.

And, once you reach your destination and need refreshment, you can bust out Fluffy's portable water bowl. These are such a great invention! Collapsible bowls can be stowed in backpacks, purses or your back pocket. There are even eco-friendly versions like the EnviRuff Packable Dog Bowl. Why I love this bowl? Constructed from yoga mat remnants, our EnviRuff Packable Dog Bowl is great for dining al fresco and also helps reduce waste headed for landfills. The compact, collapsible design of the EnviRuff Packable Dog Bowl makes it easy to pack or store inconspicuously until it is needed and a carabiner clip allows you to clip to a belt loop of pack for easy transportation. The EnviRuff Packable Dog Bowl is made from discarded yoga mat remnants. The manufacturing process of yoga mats results in many scraps that go unused. Rather than watch them end up in landfills where they will remain for centuries to come, we are purchasing the scraps to make pet useful products. Because the scraps vary we can't always guarantee the color of each product, but we can guarantee you are helping reduce waste. The EnviRuff Packable Dog Bowl is the eco-friendly choice in dog bowls.

So, there are some great reasons to hit the great outdoors (or indoors) with your pooch!

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Emily Frangipane
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