The Importance of Exercising Your Dog

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The Importance of Exercising Your Dog

The Importance of Exercising Your Dog

Exercise is a crucial part of a dog’s life. Despite age or size, your dog needs daily exercise. This will help stimulate your dog’s mind, keep muscles active, help him/her stay at a healthy body weight, and to help the body function properly. Depending on your dog’s breed (for example, short nose breeds like English Bulldogs will not need as much exercise as a Golden Retriever) he/she should be exercising for minimally 30 minutes a day. This can be a long walk around your neighborhood, a nice jog, a summertime swim session, or even having your dog alongside you during a bike ride or rollerblading!

Don’t let the weather prevent you from exercising your dog. There are many indoor options you can still utilize. For example, you can run your dog up and down the stairs of your home, play fetch in the living room, or hide your dog’s favorite treats or toys and play a game of “find it.” You can also make your dog work for treats, put your dog on a treadmill, or even get in the car and go explore the aisles of your local pet store. Puzzle toys or toys that can be stuffed, like a Kong Classic Chew Toy, can be useful in keeping your dog occupied and active indoors. No matter what the activity, your dog will be happy to burn off some calories and stay physically and mentally active.

One important factor to be aware of is that lack of exercise can lead to behavior problems. When a dog has pent up energy and not enough stimulation, it will lead to restlessness and boredom. This can then lead to some common behavior problems like excessive barking and whining, destructive chewing, digging, hyperactivity, unruliness, rough play, and an inability to focus on you to take direction.

If you have any questions on exercise or activities to do with your dog, consult a dog training professional. Remember, it is your job to ensure your dog gets enough exercise to remain healthy, happy and well-mannered. So no matter what the activity is, get your dog walking, running, chasing, playing, thinking and exploring!