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Exercise partner | Rutland County Humane Society

Your best friend can be your exercise partner. By combining workouts you both benefit. Walking with a dog can improve your balance and gait while your dog enjoys your companionship and exercise to help his mind and body. Walking and hiking are two good ways to get the benefit of fresh air, vitamin D and fitness. A 20 minute walk is recommended.

Keep your dog alongside, not in front or behind you. If your dog isn’t used to being walked on leash, spend some time teaching him leash manners to avoid possible injuries. Running is good for medium to large dogs. Just as you gradually increase your distance, it’s important not to start your dog out with a long run. Increase your time/mileage spent running no more than 10% to 20% per week. Keep an eye on your dog for possible injuries or fatigue.

Swimming is great exercise while being easy on joints, so much so that many veterinarians recommend swimming as part of a dog’s recovery from an injury. Even strength training can be done with dogs. Be sure to do your research to find the best way to get your dog to safely participate. D on’t have a dog? Check out the Rutland County Humane Society at www.rchsvt.org to either adopt or become a volunteer dog walker.

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IVAN

IVAN

2 Year Old. Neutered Male. Domestic Short Hair. Orange and White.

I am happy to be warm inside here at the shelter, but my demeanor is definitely one of a very nervous and wary feline. The staff has decided that I will fare best in a nice barn. I have survived out and about for a while now and with some stability of a routine in a barn home I do have the potential to be a great cat.

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