Just like humans, warm-up and cool down routines are necessary before and after engaging in strenuous physical activity. A warm-up routine prepares the muscles for activity to prevent sprains or cramps. It can also prevent pulling of a muscle. Warm-up activities may include a light jog or a brisk walk before your dog engages in strenuous activity.
On the other hand, cooling down is important for the dog’s heart rate to get back to normal.
Warm up and cool down routines are also important in decreasing lactic acid from the dog’s system. This can help eliminate the occurrence of post-exercise soreness. A 5-10 minute warm-up and cool down regimen is generally enough for the dog’s body to adjust.
There are several factors that can help determine the exercise needs of pets. These include age, pre-existing physical or health conditions, and the animal’s activity level. It’s also a good idea to consult your vet before starting your pet on a new exercise program.