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Importance of Exercise for Dogs

Written By macky on Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 5:11 AM

 Exercise is one of the most important things dogs need. Dog owners tend to be less concerned about this and are more concerned about their pet’s diet. A good diet is not enough to keep a dog healthy. They also need to run around and have fun, stretch their legs and explore new surroundings. Exercise should be a regular routine for pet dogs because of its many benefits.

It Keeps Them Fit

As mentioned earlier, a good diet is not enough for dogs to stay fit. Without proper exercise, dogs can get weak muscles and bones. Exercise also keeps them mentally healthy. A good routine is to take the dog out for a walk every day for 20 to 30 minutes. A little jogging is also advisable but don’t overdo it. Dogs can also join sports and games like Frisbee catching and obstacle course race. Activities like these develop the dog’s muscles and helps minimize the risk of health problems such as degenerative myelopathy and heart decease. It also helps keep their immune system strong, dogs that regularly go outside for exercises are healthier and stay in better shape than house dogs. Exercise has also been used as therapy for dogs that are stick with arthritis, degenerative myelopathy and related illnesses.

Its part of good training
Taking them out for excessive is a good way to train them. These activities reinforce training and help them become more obedient and listen to their owners. Obedience training normally goes with an exercise routine, rewards and punishments. Exercises can also be used as a reward, especially for dogs that live in small homes and cannot play around the lawn or back yard.

It Helps Keep the Dog Used to Social Settings
Taking them out to the park or for a walk around the neighborhood helps then get used to other dogs and other people. Dogs that do not get to see other people tend to be more protective and might bark when they sense strangers in the surrounding. They might also do the same thing when it comes to other dogs. Dogs are also social animals and at times, they would look for companions. A nice walk outside will also keep them out of depression.

It Lets them Explore and Know their Surroundings

When taking dogs out, they usually stop by every post, tree, or fire hydrant and mark it. Dogs do this to mark their territory and inform other dogs that they are in the area. They can also become aware of other dogs in the neighborhood.

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