If you have noticed that your dog is not particularly energetic or has become sluggish of late, there are a few things you may want to consider.
First of all, what breed is the dog? Some dogs are naturally more energetic than others. The dog’s age will also have an impact on how much it can do.
If you have any concerns whatsoever about your dog’s behaviour or if it has been a sudden change, we would always recommend taking it to your vet so they can give an expert opinion and make sure the dog is ok.
Once you get the all-clear from the vet, there are a few steps you might want to consider taking to boost your dog’s energy.
Ensure good nutrition
Making sure your dog is eating well will play a huge part in how energetic your dog is.
A poor diet for a dog is the same as a poor diet for a human, if you aren’t getting the nutrition you need, you will not be able to perform to your capacity.
Your dog food should have a good percentage of protein and fats and avoid preservatives, fillers.
Bella & Duke offers a great selection of raw dog food that has many benefits including, improved digestion leading to smaller, firmer poop and less gas, boosted immune system, glossier coat and improved energy levels.
Check your dog’s weight
Checking your dog’s weight is important. An overweight dog risks problems with blood circulation, issues with vital organs, and will put pressure on joints causing pain.
Stopping giving your regular treats or scraps is a great way to monitor what the dog is eating and encourage weight loss. A change of diet for your dog can make a big difference to the weight they are carrying.
Exercising your dog will also help with weight loss and getting into a routine of walking your dog in the morning and evening should make a difference.
Play with your dog
As well as regular walks, playing games with your dog will get it fitter and increase their energy levels over time.
Games like fetch or playing with a ball will make it more fun for your dog. This can be done in a back garden or park, but please ensure your dog’s recall levels are good if you are going out in public without a lead.
Remember, if there are any sudden changes in your dog’s behaviour or energy levels, you should consult a vet.
Regular checkups will also help you to stay on top of your dog’s health. A healthy diet and a good fitness regime will also make a big difference to your dog.
Taking the time to find out about your dog’s breed will help you understand what behaviour you should expect at different ages.
As an added bonus, getting out regularly will also improve your fitness and energy levels and getting into a regular routine can also make it easier for you to plan mealtimes and improve your diet.