Fitness and Exercise

Make walks more exciting

The whole world is an adventure So why always take the same routes together? How boring would that be! And not just for us people, but for our dogs too. Yet it’s as easy as pie to turn a walk into a shared adventure. We’ve all seen them – dog owners on their phones or […]

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Making trick training fun

Teaching a dog new tricks is more than just a pleasant way to pass the time, it helps to mentally challenge your four-legged friend and boost his confidence. We’re going to introduce you to some of the most popular beginner’s tricks, complete with step-by-step instructions, so that you can try them out for yourself. Trick […]

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Training tips

Just remember that it’s never too late! You can indeed teach an old dog new tricks and even correct past mistakes. Always work with positive reinforcements and reward your dog’s good behaviour with praise, a treat or a game. Proper motivation is very important when training your dog.

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Motivating your dog to listen

Dogs are opportunists: you’ll certainly have heard that at some time or another. They always need a good reason why they should or shouldn’t do something. That’s why we have to motivate our four-legged friends constantly, regardless of whether it’s coming when called outdoors or sitting like a “good dog”.

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Visibility when walking

It’s difficult to been seen well in the dark. Even in October we no longer have ten hours of daylight. The days are getting shorter, which makes the roads more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. People who regularly go for walks with their dogs should take precautions. Maxi Zoo points out things to be aware of and how you can make yourself visible to other road users.

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horse and hound

Horse and hound

A ride out in the warm August sun, past the stubble fields and green meadows is simply glorious. Dogs also love to come along on such trips. Many proud horse owners share their lives just as much with a tail-wagging quadruped and like taking Fido along. But it’s a precondition that dog and horse accept each other.

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Choosing a dog trainer

Is your dog already trained? Or have you simply not found the right puppy classes or a suitable trainer? The main thing about choosing a dog “school” is to compare them. This applies not only where the price per session is concerned – there is a whole host of different training methods and it’s of the utmost importance that you get right behind the way you want to go.

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Variety beats boredom for dogs

As we count down the last few days of Autumn, people want to make full use of the good days. Dogs also enjoy that the summer heat is no longer such a strain, so they can cavort around just as they like. So it’s the best time to do something for the fitness of your four-legged friend’s body and soul.

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Fitness basics-exercise the healthy way

“Fitness” has become a catchphrase that covers just about everything to do with physical and mental health. For dogs the focus is on three important areas – diet, exercise and play. Animals with a good weight, strong cardiovascular system, well-trained musculature and a clear head live happy and healthy lives well into old age.

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My dog meets other four legged friend

It could be so simple. Dogs meet, they play and then they go their own ways again. However, this is usually not what happens every day. Many dogs are not as socialised as we would like.

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Your dog as a jogging partner

Comfortable spring temperatures entice us outside and awaken a desire for movement. Those who own a dog might like to take him along as a jogging companion. However, although both owner and dog have an urge to exercise, jogging together doesn’t always work so well.

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Summer activities with your dog

Holidays mean recuperation from everyday life: many people enjoy spending their time out in familiar surroundings. That also applies in particular to owners of pets such as dogs and cats. Our four-legged friends do not need holidays – so they are all the more pleased to get more attention and to experience more variety.

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Intelligence games for dogs

Our pets are smart, sometimes smarter than we think. In their natural surroundings, every animal is responsible for its own survival and has to apply all its wits to the utmost. And sometimes even demonstrate brain power. Luckily, you can now get “intelligence toys” for dogs. It’s also easy to make some of these games yourself.

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Getting fit with your dog

Many a pet owner quite consciously chooses a dog as a pet because they can keep fit along with it while others come to it later: exercising together with their four-legged friends not only trains stamina and fitness… it’s also fun. As well as the classic dog training sports, mainly new, unusual types of sport are increasingly gaining followers.

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Fun in the snow

Most dogs love the snow. Boring their noses deep in the glorious flakes, running, playing, catching snowballs – what could possibly be more fun in the winter? With our great game ideas you and your pet can enjoy the snow-covered winter world even more by exercising your dog to the full while at the same time strengthening the bond between you.

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Fetching

Isn’t it the dream of any dog owner to have his or her dog return items reliably? But many dogs prefer to run away and wait for the owner to join in a tag game. But given the appropriate training, fetching or retrieving can be great fun for owner and dog alike. We have put together some ideas how you can teach your dog fetching or retrieving for domestic use:

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Dog tracking

Dogs quite simply have the right “nose” for it. Their sense of smell outstrips that of humans not just “by a nose” but far, for more. A dog can smell fifteen times better than us.

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Dog Agility

Agility is one of the most popular dog sports. No wonder – it’s a lot of fun and is open to all dogs, big or small. Participants are divided into three classes, depending on their size.

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Cycling holidays with your dogs

A cycling holiday with a dog must be well planned. In this sector there are hardly any, if any, offers for package holidays. It is therefore up to the dog owner to choose a suitable route and to organise accommodation for all travellers.

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Aqua fitness for Fido

Is your dog a right little water rat? From their first steps, some “super-swimmer” breeds and mongrels can barely be held back when they get a sniff of water.

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Celebrating sports with pets

Why not celebrate your favourite sport together with pets! Just keep in mind a couple of tips and tricks for special sporting events, then football, hurling, and even rugby can be enjoyable for both pets and their owners.

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Summer dog accessories

During the nicest weather, life often goes on outdoors… and our four-legged friends are in on the act. Whether it’s on the balcony, the terrace, garden or camping site – these accessories make for an unforgettable doggie summer, as the animal lovers at the Maxi Zoo know.

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Muzzles for dogs

Sometimes you can’t avoid it – there are places and circumstances where your dog has to wear a muzzle, or you want to make sure that your four-legged friend doesn’t unearth or eat anything dangerous. It is very important to get a dog used to a muzzle gradually, so they don’t refuse to wear it.

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Dogs and leads

One of a dog owner’s key belongings is a dog’s lead. Most people won’t even leave the house without it, because letting a dog run off its lead invites new hazards around every corner. Drive time harbours enormous risks for dogs running free.

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Dog toy benefits

You stand stationary and move solely your arm as you throw his favourite squeaky toy. Exerting every ounce of strength he sprints off at top speed, legs blurring together in rapid momentum and lunges, all four paws in the air, to grasp his prize. Panting and gasping, he rebounds back to do it all over again.

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Collar or Harness

Often annoying, sometimes plain compulsory but basically sensible in view of the many dangers threatened by the traffic on the roads alone… masters and mistresses scarcely venture out of the house without having their dogs on a lead. So where to fix the lead, on a collar or a harness?

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