Hund-FrühjahrSpring fatigue – some people can sing a song about that! But it doesn’t just affect people, but what many people don’t know, dogs too. The weather is responsible for this, more precisely, the change in temperature from cold to warm. When the warm spring weather replaces the winter temperatures, it affects the organism, not just the human being.

The body dilates its blood vessels – this causes blood pressure to drop.

This causes the well-known tiredness. The more often the temperatures change, the more often fatigue shows up. What is certain is that the two endogenous hormones serotonin and melatonin are involved. Serotonin is responsible for activating the body and for a good mood. Light is necessary for the hormone to be produced. The longer the body is exposed to natural light, the more serotonin is produced. Melatonin, the so-called sleep hormone, ensures a good night’s sleep.

Exercise, fresh air and sunshine help both of them against spring fatigue.

This boosts the hormonal balance. But you don’t have to exaggerate. In the evening you should give master and dog a rest. But first get out in the fresh air in the morning. The morning walk is refreshed with a short interval training: You walk the dog 200 meters at a normal walking pace, then you do a sprint, first shorter, then longer. There may also be some natural obstacles along the way for the dog to jump over. Maybe a wall, branches lying across, etc.

To make the dog even fitter (assuming it’s healthy, of course)

As a good exercise, you can slalom with it, around trees, piles of wood, etc. And of course, if you like, you can take your dog on a short holiday where dogs are allowed. The North and Baltic Seas are ideal for running. Or in wooded areas. You can see in advance where “dog hotels” are offered. And of course you are less busy with everyday life elsewhere, you can take more time to run and have fun with the dog.

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