4 Possible Reasons Your Dog Is Low On Energy

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If you have a dog, you might have noticed that from time to time they can suddenly appear to be quite low on energy. When this happens, it can be a shock, and you might even be surprised about how depressed or upset your pooch can be at these moments. However, there is usually a fairly simple reason behind it, and it’s something that you should be able to fix. First of all, you will need to work out the reason however. Here are four of the possible reasons that your dog might be low on energy at the moment.

 

Bloated

 

Sometimes the reason your dog is quiet and lacking in energy is simply because they are bloated. This can happen to any of us (just think about how you often feel at the end of Christmas day!) and your dog is no different in that regard. It may be that they are overeating, or it could be that they are not eating the right kind of food. If you have fed them some rich meat, for instance, this might cause this kind of reaction in dogs. So make sure that you are only doing that sparingly.

 

Lacking In Vitamins

 

It can also be related to what vitamins your dog is or is not getting. If they are apparently lethargic most of the time and it doesn’t seem to be changing or improving at all, then you might want to take a look at their food and see whether it needs changing for something better. If you take a look at dogfoodcare.com you will see plenty of advice on choosing the right food to feed to your dog. That should help to ensure that they are getting the right vitamins wherever possible.

 

Pain

 

You might assume that a dog would always yell out loudly if they were in a lot of pain, but in fact this is not necessarily the case. Just as often, a dog will respond to pain by becoming very quiet and subdued, and they might want to only rest in their bed until they feel better. So if your dog is suddenly very quiet in this manner, you might want to check if they have any pain, which you can normally do by gently encouraging them to move a little. If you are worried, take them to the vet to find out if there is anything seriously wrong.

 

Obesity

Sometimes, a dog is not able to move around much because they are obese. It is part of your duty as a dog owner to make sure you know what counts as obese for your dog, taking into consideration their normal weight, breed and so on. If it turns out that they are obese, then you should try to feed them less, change out their food for a better one, and encourage them to exercise more. Perhaps you could take them out for walks more often, or play with them in the garden more. All of that should help.

All Your Exercise Fears, Solved

Getting into exercise isn’t just a matter of summoning the willpower to sweat for half an hour on the treadmill. It’s also about overcoming your fears. And there can be many of them. 

 

The word “lazy” doesn’t apply here. It would be more accurate to say that you were scared more than anything else. 

 

So what are your exercise fears? And how can you solve them so that you can get the body you’ve always wanted? 

 

Fear Of Hurting Yourself

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If you’ve not done much training in the past in a gym, you can fear hurting yourself. You worry about feeling pain beyond the usual discomfort of exercise, such as a torn muscle or ruptured ligament. 

 

These fears are genuine. People do hurt themselves in the gym. But there are several ways around the problem.

 

The first is always to practice proper form. Doing an exercise in the right way dramatically reduces that chance you will seriously hurt yourself. 

 

Second, don’t use heavy weights. Go for more reps instead until you feel more confident. If you’re starting out in the gym, there is practically no reason to add enormous poundage to the bar. 

 

Third, warm up before you start training. Do a lightweight practice set if you’re doing resistance exercise. Sure, your gym session will take a little longer than usual. But that’s better than injuring yourself, right? 

 

Fear Of Looking Foolish

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Sometimes you can fear looking foolish because you don’t know precisely how to use a specific piece of equipment. 

 

The solution to this problem is easy: just watch what other people do. Most will get the technique right (or not radically wrong). Then you can copy them when it’s your turn. 

 

Fear Of Looking Bad

 

For years, brands have been empowering women and men in the gym by providing amazing clothes. There’s no reason, therefore, you have to turn up to an exercise class looking frumpy. You can adapt pretty much any look you like these days. Gym clothes look just as stylish as their regular counterparts. 

 

Fear Of Failing

 

Fear of failure is something that dogs a lot of people throughout their lives. They’re unwilling to take on new challenges, just in case they fail, and it reflects poorly on them. 

 

Fearing failure at the gym is no exception. You want to lose weight, but you’re unsure whether you’ll be able to do it. To avoid thinking badly of yourself, you avoid going altogether and never get closer to your goals. 

 

The trick here is to avoid setting the bar too high. You should set achievable, manageable objectives – things that you can do in a month or less. Then keep track of how close you’re coming to achieving them. 

 

Goals can be as simple as turning up to the gym three times a week or going for a 20-minute jog on the treadmill on a Monday evening. 

 

Long-term goals are always the result of short term objectives. So use that as your motivation to get to where you’d like to be.