Whilst my earlier post was directed at pups and younger dogs, I still go with the theory that a tired dog will sleep. Using the buggy whip or as I now know it , a flirt pole, to tire a dog means you, as a handler, do not have to leave your yard, and you are working on many things all at the same time with this simple piece of equipment.
As for the arthur write us, keeping muscles supple and built up around an affected joint is actually very beneficial. If you do not, you get muscle wastage as the dog favours the affected leg.
Swimming is the very best excercise you can give a dog, so if you have access to a pool, or swimming hole, or safe beach, take the dog for a swim. A 10 minute swim is as good as a 5 km walk.
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