Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?
Is your dog getting enough exercise? Well, if you have to ask, then the answer is probably no. Does your dog always have an abundance of energy? Is your dog constantly barking? Do you frequently come home to scratched-up furniture and chewed shoes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s a good indication that your dog might need more exercise.
Why is exercise important?
Just like with people, exercise is important to keep your dog healthy. Without enough exercise, dogs can become overweight. This can lead to other health risks, including diabetes, respiratory disease and heart disease. Obesity can also put stress on joints, ligaments and tendons. This can cause or worsen problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Exercise is not only important for the health of your dog, but it is also necessary to help them burn off extra energy. When dogs, particularly young ones, have too much energy, it can lead to obnoxious and destructive behaviors. These problems lead many owners to give up their beloved pet. Problems such as excessive barking or destroying your possessions can often be solved simply by taking your dog out for a run or by some other form of exercise.
How much exercise does your dog need?
It’s hard to say what the right amount of exercise is because, as with many other health issues, it varies from dog to dog. Your dog’s age and breed are two important factors that determine the right amount of exercise. For example, a puppy needs much more exercise than a geriatric dog because puppies have much more energy to burn off. In general, dogs need about 30-60 minutes of exercise per day.
Ideas for exercise
While some exercise is better than none, taking your dog out for a walk around the block is not enough. Consider taking your dog for a run or a bike ride (with your dog running beside you, of course). If you’re not a big runner, take your dog to a dog park. That way your dog will still get the exercise he needs and he will be able to interact and play with other dogs. If you don’t have enough time to dedicate to your dog’s exercise, drop him off at doggie day care. Your dog will get exercise throughout the day while you’re at work or running errands. He will come home tired out and happy. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.