How Can I Start Making My Dog Happier/healthier?

I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They really are very smart, energetic and loving dogs. But my dog, we never exercised him when he was young and he only ever learned basic commands (sit, stay, down, and over, along with a few useful things like go find it, drop it, bring it). He’s getting older, I believe about 8 or 9, and he’s pretty fat. I mean, he was already really big for a corgi, but now he’s overweight and I’m afraid he’s going to develop back problems. I want to start taking him for walks, as well as training him, every day, but like I said he’s starting to get some back problems as well as a shoulder injury from when he was little that still bugs him sometimes.
How long a walk should I be taking him for? And do you have any recommendations for fun things to do with him for intellectual stimulation? I’m tired of seeing such a wonderfully smart dog sleep all day.

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5 Responses to “How Can I Start Making My Dog Happier/healthier?”

  1. H says:

    Walking him will make his day. Dogs love to walk. I’d start with a 20 minute walk and then go up from there. He needs to get on a low calorie dog food for a little while. Play with him as much as you can. If you have a dog park near you, take him there to play fetch. My dog has back problems but, he loves to walk. I have to carry him up and down stairs but, if he’s on a flat surface it doesn’t seem to hurt his back. He can even run to catch a ball and he’s now 15. You just exercising him and playing with him will change his life.

  2. Maddie says:

    I’m not quite sure about the walking time, but you should really walk him for at least about fifteen minutes I suppose. If I were you, I’d consult a vet to see their opinion first, for this could be very dangerous to your pet. Moreover, there are very many toys and games that will keep him mentally active and challenge him. There are some toys that you can put a treat in and the dog has to find where the treat is in the toy and get it out. Go find it is a very good game for the dogs, try to keep it challenging and time him and have him improve. Search up some more tricks you could teach him. Most of all, be creative and bond with your pet while trying these and more out.(:

  3. Derrick S says:

    Start with a simply walk around the block at first, then add a block to the walk every week. This gives the dog to gain the endurance and strength needed. You don’t want to over do it since it has lived a pretty sedentary life. I would recommend two walks per day minimum.

  4. Hanno says:

    Hey the best a think is by throwing a ball or play stuff and is he don’t want to give him like treats for the things and make sure its healthy or get him a friend

  5. cameron b says:

    start out small and increase the legnth of walks 15 mins morning and night increase by 5 mins every 3-4 days put him on a diet and his back will feel better carrying extra weight is hard on them

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