I often hear people say “I can’t exercise my dog enough” and the most common excuse is that they don’t have time or they can’t for whatever other reason. Well, I’m guilty of that, and you probably are too. So let me prove that you can exercise your dog if you really want to.
What To Do When You Can’t Exercise Your Dog?
Indeed, sometimes you can’t exercise your dog. Whether you’re at work, on the road, sleeping, in the shower, or doing whatever you have to do. But we all have 24 hours a day, so you can definitely find some time to exercise your dog. And even if you think you really can’t, someone else can exercise your dog for you.
Why Can’t You Exercise Your Dog Enough?
Before looking for potential solutions, you have to figure out why you can’t exercise your dog enough. Is it that you lack time, energy, or motivation? Maybe the problem is that your dog doesn’t want to exercise? Either way, finding the source of the issue will help you solve it.
Prioritize Exercising Your Dog!
Many people think they don’t have time to exercise their dogs. But however busy you think your life is, we all have the same time in a day. So it’s generally a problem of prioritization instead of a lack of time. If exercising your dog is your number one priority, you will do it.
I don’t like the formulation of having time because it’s more about you taking the time. We all have time. We just use it differently and prioritize some things more than others. So if the most important thing you have to do in your day is to exercise your dog, you will take the time to do it.
I know you probably have a job, maybe a family, and other responsibilities and things to do, but I’m sure you can find between 30 and 60 minutes to exercise your dog. You can even “make time” by waking up earlier, being more organized, and stopping wasting time on your phone or watching tv.
Get Someone Else To Exercise Your Dog!
If you still think you don’t have time to exercise your dog or you lack the energy and motivation to do it, you can delegate the task. You don’t have to do the job if you don’t want to or can’t do it. Either way, you can use someone else’s time to your advantage.
I’m sure many dog lovers would be happy to exercise your dog. But you might have to put in some money. For example, a dog walker costs between $20 and $40 for a 30-minute walk. So it can get quite expensive to get someone else to exercise your dog.
However, it doesn’t have to be. You may have friends, relatives, colleagues, or kids that would love to walk, exercise, and play with your dog for much cheaper or maybe even for free. Just make sure you find someone that you can count on and trust.
Consider Finding A New Home For Your Dog!
If you’re not ready to put in time, energy, or money to exercise your dog, it might be better not to have one. It may sound drastic and exaggerated, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do. Dogs need exercise to be healthy and happy, so if you can’t provide it, maybe someone else can.
So the last resort is to find a new home that will take care of your dog. Just make sure to select new owners carefully. You probably don’t want to get rid of your dog but give him a better life by choosing a family where he will exercise enough, be loved, and have the attention he deserves.
Find Ways To Exercise Your Dog!
If you think you can’t exercise your dog, it’s maybe because you don’t know how. There are many ways to keep your dog active and entertained.
Daily walks, running, swimming, training, canine sports, and playing games or with toys together are some good examples.
So the ideas are not what’s lacking. As long as you find something that requires some physical or mental effort from your dog, it counts as exercise. But some ways are more effective than others. For example, sprinting will tire out a dog much more quickly than walking.
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What If Your Dog Doesn’t Want To Exercise or Walk?
If your dog doesn’t want to exercise or walk, he might suffer from a health condition or have another reason not to move. Therefore, you can work with a veterinarian to determine the problem and find a solution. You might also be able to motivate your dog to exercise or walk with treats, toys, or praise.
Last Thoughts About What To Do If You Can’t Exercise Your Dog!
Finally, there’s no good reason not to exercise your dog. You just have to take the time to do it or find someone else to do it for you, whether it’s temporarily or permanently. Dogs give us so much. And the least we can do is to care for their health, well-being, and happiness.
Whether you think you can or can’t exercise your dog enough, you’re right. It’s your decision to make. You can either put in the effort and find a way to exercise your dog or live with an overweight, bored and depressed dog. The choice is easy, so let’s get to work.
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I’m Sure You Can Exercise Your Dog!