Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)
When we first met Dexter, a handsome boxer mix, I thought that he was a high energy dog, but I was wrong. Dexter is actually a medium-level energy dog. Why am I talking about this? Because your level of energy and that of your future or current dog is very important in order to make the right match. Dexter does well, during Summer, with a 30-40 minute walk in the morning, and evening, and a small break around noon for 15 minutes. But, when Winter comes, he needs longer walks. The first few days, when he comes to stay with us, I walk Dexter the most because he has an abundance of energy, but as days go by I have to use Bella for longer walksn because this handsome boy starts to walk behind me rather than next to me.
Also, remember that as dogs age their level of energy will decrease. Alex, my pit mix, so far has been the dog with the highest energy level. If she were a human being, she’d probably be classified as hyperactive in her younger years. Well, it only took 10 years for Alex to calm down. How would you classify your dog’s energy level? Have a great week.
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Josie is usually very energetic, loves, loves our walks and to say that she is a bundle of energy certainly does not do her justice, but that is all that comes to mind now. When I walk with her is usually for an hour or longer and she enjoys our walks, but this time that she stayed with us is the first time that I’ve seen that she prefers shorter walks and she does not seem to be her usual self.
She does not seem to be in any pain for I brush her every day and she does not exhibit any signs of being in pain. She eats all her food and treats and her #2 is normal. Yes, I look at her #2 to make sure that she is fine. I know, I know, I am gross. Anyway, I’ll talk to her mom today when she picks her up so she can take her to the vet. Why? Her energy level went from 100% to 50% in a matter of a month or two. I don’t think that is normal.
If you have a dog walker or a pet sitter you take your dog to, she should be able to notice different things and/or changes in your dog. I always talk to pet parents for a couple of minutes the day they pick up not only to let them know how their “furry kid” did while staying with us, but also because if I notice anything unusual on their doggie I’d like to let them know so they can follow-up with their vet.
At least once a week, take a close look at your dog and you’ll be surprised how easy you can spot changes on your furry kid. They rely on us, and we need to be vigilant and proactive in order to nip any problem in the bud, don’t you think?
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