Hi, I’m Lulu, and I’m here to talk to you about the importance of naps. Also, butt scratches. Oh, and don’t forget stretching. You see, I’m a lazy dog. I don’t like to run, or do obstacle courses, or chase squirrels. I like to hide under the covers for hours at a time, and if you don’t remind me to go out and take a potty break, I may skip one (or three) in favor of a few more hours of snoozing. When I do get up to move around, it’s usually to eat, seek out some scratches, or bark at the door (you never know who’s coming in, am I right?!).
Since I plan on sticking around for another 10 years or so, I know it’s important that I get some exercise to keep my girlish figure, use my muscles, and get a chance to use my noodle – I’m super smart, after all. So, even though I’m not about to train for a 5k anytime soon, there are some things that even a lazy dog likes to do, that can help them to get some exercise and stay sharp. Here are a few of my favorites.
I am really good at using my nose, and solving puzzles. My favorite is a toy that has all these different pieces that I need to lift and move around in order to find yummy treats. It keeps me busy for a good 5 – 10 minutes every time Mom brings it out, and all that good mental stimulation tires me out! Nina Ottoson makes the one that I like – check out her website for lots more!
Even though I’m not big on running, or even walking for too long, I do love to use my sniffer, so I really get excited when my Dad takes me for a long, leisurely walk. I get to stretch my legs, check out the neighborhood, and get a good walk all at the same time. You don’t have to walk for 10 miles or at a super fast pace – even a 15 minute walk can do the trick.
As I get older, I’m pretty sure I’m only going to get even more lazy. But I already notice that when I get up from my snoozes, sometimes I’m a little stiff and sore. Massage for dogs is a real thing, and can be really helpful for dogs who are older or have joint or muscle stiffness. Plus, we just think of it as a really long, good petting session. 🙂 I also hear it’s good for my other four-legged friends who have a lot of energy, or even those who are scared – massage can help to calm and relax dogs too. Check out Canine Massage Chicago for more information – your lazy dog will thank you!
Now if you’ll excuse me, my dad just got off the couch. I need to go steal that nice, warm spot! Happy napping!