5 fun ways to celebrate Dog Month with your fur babies

Tips to spend more time with your pup

17 April 2024 - 16:22
By Thango Ntwasa
Active Dog Month calls on parents of pups to try five ways to get their fur babies moving.
Image: Supplied Active Dog Month calls on parents of pups to try five ways to get their fur babies moving.

It is not a late April Fool's post. This month is special for pet parents as it is meant to celebrate the fur members of your family.

Looking to get dog parents to spend more time with their dogs, Dr Guy Fyvie from Hill's Pet Nutrition said: “Dogs need as much play time, attention and exercise as humans, perhaps even more.” 

Fyvie believes spending time getting your dog moving is not only great for them physically but also emotionally as they will appreciate the quality time. With winter quickly sneaking up on us, this is another reason to keep your dog moving.

“Just like the colder weather can lead to stiffer and more painful joints for humans, so too does it affect our pets,” said Fyvie. 

If you don’t have an exercise routine for your dog, this is a perfect time to start. 

Fyvie said if pet parents need motivation to get out and about with their dogs, Hill’s has ideas to try this Active Dog Month to get them started. 

He said it is important to pay attention to your dog’s energy levels and signs they may not want to exercise or are easily tired. A visit to your vet can help guide you if you are concerned about the kind and extent of exercise your dog should be doing. 

“By getting active with your dog this month, you will not only be focusing on their health and wellbeing but also bolster your bond.”

  • If you and your dog aren’t runners, start slowly. Walking, hiking and playing fetch are great ways to introduce physical activity into their routines and yours.
  • If your dog loves water, swimming is a great low impact exercise. Supervised swimming is specially good for older dogs who often suffer with painful joints. If your dog has joint issues, ask your vet about feeding Hill’s Prescription Diet Mobility food which is clinically proven to help improve a dog’s ability to run, walk and jump in as little as 21 days.
  • Setting up an obstacle course in your garden or at the park is a fun way to get your dog moving and provide a mental challenge. The kids will also love getting involved.
  • Just like us, dogs can get bored with the same exercise routine so remember to add in new routes or challenges. Treat dispensing balls are a great way to keep them moving and entertained.
  • Play dates with other socialised dogs are not only good to develop social skills but also to get your dog moving and playing. 


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