Every dog needs exercise; but how much? Most dogs require 30 – 60 minutes each day. Some breeds may require more exercise than others. The working dog breed (Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Collies), for example, requires more intensified exercise than others. Smaller breeds such as terriers, pugs, poodles, Chihuahuas, etc. require a little less. Older dogs still need exercise just not as much. Puppies need a lot of exercise as they have a lot of energy to burn.
Most pet owners make the mistake of thinking just because they have a fenced in backyard, their dogs are getting sufficient exercise. The truth is the dogs are not getting any exercise without their people. They want to play with their people. They long for interaction! Dogs like to feel they have a purpose…even if it is trying to figure out how to get a treat out of a Kong toy. Dogs have physical and mental active tendencies. They love playing fetch with their people and learning new tricks, etc.
Lack of Exercise results in:
Destructive behavior such as chewing, scratching or digging.
Bad behavior such as barking and whining.
Can lead to health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
Benefits of Exercise leads to:
Reduction in destructive behavior.
Tires the dog out to sleep better.
Better health and increased agility.
Reduction in digestive problems.
Dog parks are a great place for dogs to run off their leash and socialize with other dogs. That is, as long as they play nice with other dogs.
Dogs love walking! It’s great exercise for them and it releases them to use their own instincts, naturally, investigating nooks, crannies and wherever else they can get their nose in.
Extreme temps in hot and cold weather prove unsafe for your pet. When it’s really cold or really hot out, keep outdoor activity to a minimum and spend more play-time indoors, such as playing fetch or running up and down the stairs. Don’t forget to clean your dog’s paws to remove snow and salt. Always remember to keep your dog hydrated, no matter what the weather.
No need to feel guilty about your dog not getting enough exercise because you have to work. We are here serving your pets’ needs.