Though winter is upon us, it is important to know the signs of pain when exercising your dog.
Even though exercise is one of the best things you can do for your dog, there is the possibility of over doing it. Just like we can overdo it with our own exercise, the same can be said for our little ones, but unfortunately they can not tell us they are hurting, but they show us.
Shih Tzu Pain During Exercise
(this also applies to all other dogs too!)
- no or partial weight baring on limb
- shaking or trembling
- Guarding of painful area
- Hunched back
- Tucked tail
- Head hangs down low
- Change in character
- Loss or decreased appetite
- Inappropriate urination or defecation (if previously trained)
- Continuous liking of injured area
As your dogs personal canine fitness coach, it is up to you to make sure they are safe and healthy during each exercise session. Make sure each session starts with a warm-up and ends with a cool down and stretching (or massage session). And though the temperatures are dropping, there are still some areas in the US that have temperatures in the 80’s. Remember that your dog can also become overheated in winter too. To find the signs of heat exhaustion visit our post Heat Exhaustion in Dogs.
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2 Brown Dawgs says
Great tips. It is important to be aware of signs of pain or injury.
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Rachel Sheppard says
This is great advice! Sometimes we forget our pet’s need to be conditioned just as we do.
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Henry and I participate in agility classes. Knowing these signs is invaluable! Thank you.
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Diane @ To Dog With Love says
Thanks for joining us again at FitDog Friday! Great post and reminder! I have to watch Rocco closely since all his fur can mask things sometimes. On the other hand, he won’t walk at all if he has a leaf or twig stuck under him!
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Tzu Mom says
That is so funny! Our girls always seem to get leaves attached to them, but since I keep them cut short, it’s dragging behind in their tails 🙂
Spencer the Goldendoodle says
What a great reminder for our humans! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Good information – you gotta always be watchful, and it’s super important to watch licking…we learned this one the hard way!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Mr. N limps when something is stuck in his paw so I have to really watch him.
Tzu Mom says
yes I am always amazed at how so many little things can get caught in their paws.
Carol Bryant says
Goodness thanks so much for sharing this – so important and especially these little fragile bodies.
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Hawk aka BrownDog says
My Humans know when I’m not quite right when I’m not carrying something or when I’m walking and not racing on the trails.
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Rama's Mama says
Great post. It’s so hard to think of our pups in pain. 🙁
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Barbara Rivers says
This is a great reminder about the importance of letting our best friends warm up & cool off when exercising them!
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Cathy Armato says
These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.
Excellent post – too often people don’t pay enough attention to these signs, but it’s the only way our dogs have to communicate with us.
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Welcome back to FitDog Friday! You are so right, one needs to keep an eye on us to make sure we aren’t in pain or doing too much for our conditioning level. Many humans wrongly assume a dog can just magically exercise, but we need to build up our muscles just like humans.
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