Pet store to help dog own­ers with ideas to get fit

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE pet ex­perts at Maxi Zoo in Bray are help­ing lo­cal dog own­ers to think dif­fer­ently about ex­er­cise and to de­velop new ways of getting into shape for sum­mer in the com­pany of their pet.

‘A dog is the best ex­er­cise part­ner you can find and ex­er­cis­ing with your pet is one of the most en­joy­able ways to im­prove your own health and that of your pets,’ said Emma Fan­ning, Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer at Maxi Zoo Ire­land.

The pet store at Bray Re­tail Park will host free ad­vi­sory days on Fri­day, May 18, and Satur­day, May 19, to pro­vide lo­cal pet own­ers with an in­sight into the fun things they can do to en­joy the longer and warm sum­mer evenings with their pet, in­clud­ing walk­ing, run­ning, swimming, hik­ing and pic­nick­ing.

The store’s pet ex­perts will be on hand dur­ing each ad­vi­sory day to ed­u­cate pet own­ers about their pet’s ca­pac­ity for ex­er­cise, suit­able play and ex­er­cise rou­tines and what ex­er­cise toys they can use to help burn calo­ries and strengthen mus­cles.

Pet own­ers will gain in­sights into the ben­e­fi­cial role that run­ning and co-or­di­na­tion ex­er­cises have to play in help­ing to keep pets fit and healthy, to fight against mus­cle de­gen­er­a­tion, to teach new com­mands and to strengthen the bond be­tween them and their pet.

They can also pick up sim­ple, prac­ti­cal tips, like mak­ing sure they leave them­selves enough breath to com­mand their dog, the value of keep­ing their pet in sight at all times and avoid­ing mid-day heat in sum­mer by mak­ing the most of early morn­ing and bright evening walks.

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