Depending on your dog’s breed, age, and personality, he or she might require anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours of exercise daily. Here, the importance of adequate exercise for your dog will be discussed.
First and foremost, getting enough exercise for your dog is important because it leads to better health. Exercise helps dogs maintain a proper weight, which prevents diseases such and diabetes, kidney failure, and obesity. Dogs have a longer lifespan when they maintain a healthy weight, as well as more energy and fewer veterinary bills.
All dogs require socialization to remain psychologically and mentally sound. Exercise is a great form of socialization, because it allows dogs to experience new sights, sounds, and smells. A well-socialized dog will have less anxiety, decreased territorial behavior, and will be happier.
A tired dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog is less likely to get into trouble. When a dog is worn out from a day of exercise, he or she is far less likely to be bored. In turn, pet owners will see a reduction in bad behaviors, such as chewing, digging, excessive barking, and attention seeking. Pet owners will also find that dogs are more likely to cooperate for baths, grooming, and obedience sessions after a long walk or run.
Most dogs love exercise, which is why it represents a great chance to bond with your pet. Spending time together, whether it be during a walk in the park, a long hike on new trails, or a fun swim together in a nearby lake allows for more opportunities for your dog to form a stronger bonder with his or her humans.
Fulfillment of Drives
Ultimately, dogs were not intended to be sedentary animals. In the wild, dogs are nomadic, meaning they travel far in search of food. Other breeds, such as those developed for hunting or working, were bred specifically to have strong drives for traveling great distances or being active throughout the workday. Since these drives are so strongly genetically predisposed, dogs that are not given an outlet for exercise can become sullen, depressed, and lethargic.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.