Why Dogs Need Regular Exercise

Dogs as man’s best friend and a working companion were very active and indeed ‘worked for their supper.’ Dogs were bred to provide some level of assistance in completing tasks; this over the centuries we have seen unfolding with what was termed as the working-class breeds. These dogs maintained an avid routine of tasks designated by their masters. Fast forward to the 21st century, we now see so many breeds becoming domesticated and left to confined spaces and most times a lack luster exercise regimen. Exercise is just as important to dogs as it for humans. Therefore, the effort must be made to provide the time and consideration in taking the best care of our animals.

Dogs owners and enthusiasts must assess those specific exercise requirements for the specific breeds. The important factors to note are the dog’s age, size, general health as well as the daily routine the animal is exposed to. Bigger breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors and Retrievers will require more running and general exercise time than a Cocker Spaniel or Corgi. Active breeds need at minimum 30 - 60 minutes per day of designated aerobic time. Aged dogs also need to be considered, just at a slower pace and more patience from the handler.

Differentiating needs based on the breed should be a strong determinant of how dogs are chosen for households. If the time is not going to be made available for adequate exercise, it is advised to potentially make another pet choice.

Overall with adequate exercise, your dog grows and maintains mental sharpness, carries a healthy weight, and builds the muscle structure and tone they need. In achieving all of these a bigger objective is met, you are left with a much happier dog. The absence of not just exercise, but consistent exercise sees dogs exhibiting unwanted behaviour. Have you ever wondered why dogs may dig holes, become excessively noisy and excited, rip up carpet and chew and scratch on anything in sight? Indeed, without activity dogs have nothing or anywhere to expend that energy they naturally build up.

Dogs will suffer from organ failures such as heart, lung and digestion complications over time, without some form of aerobics. Additionally, their agility becomes limited which then leads to ligament and other muscular concerns. They will live much shorter and unhappy lives especially as they get older without adhering to such a routine.

If you have a busy schedule and do not always have time to exercise your dog why not avail of a local dog walker. If you do decide to make use of a dog walker make sure they have the proper dog walking insurance  in place.There are many options available for both you and your dog to remain in tip top shape. They include and are not limited to the following:

  • Evening or morning runs (consider removing the leash, dogs enjoy their freedom, as much as can be possible)
  • Obedience training (this option can be very entertaining and caters to skills building for a number of breeds)
  • A game of fetch (including water can be an added feature)

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