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Why Exercise is Good For Your Dog

Monday, May 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

All dogs must get a certain amount of exercise and here’s why.

EXERCISE

  • Lowers the Chance of Obesity. Obesity isn’t just a growing problem for humans – it’s affecting an increasing number of dogs too. Even moderate obesity can reduce the lifespan of your pet. This is because it can cause chronic inflammation, digestive problems, skin disorders, and even cancer. Regular exercise is an important tool for reducing the chance of obesity.
  • Improves Physical Condition. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise to stay in good condition. Canines are active animals – especially as many breeds were bred for high activity levels. A lack of exercise can lead to decreased lean muscle strength and weaker bones.
  • Reduces Destructive Behaviors. If your dog chews, scratches, barks excessively or generally behaves in a destructive way, he might not be getting enough exercise. Dogs that can’t burn energy on a walk will find creative (and annoying) alternative methods!
  • Prevents Boredom. A bored dog isn’t just more likely to be destructive – it’s also less happy and fulfilled. It’s important our dogs get enough physical and mental stimulation throughout the day. This can partly be achieved by allowing your dog to spend time in the garden (possibly with a dog door), but this can’t substitute a proper walk.
  • Provides Challenging Training Opportunities. Walking is a great time to practice obedience. The outdoors provides smells and other distractions for a dog, so it’s a more challenging environment for training. Some behaviors, such as polite leash walking, can also only be taught on walks. Outdoor training sessions are also great for mental stimulation.
  • May Help Prevent Arthritis. A sedentary lifestyle causes muscle and other important tissue to degenerate. It also encourages the development of adipose tissue (fat) which can cause inflammation. For this reason, exercise is important even for dogs that are at risk of arthritis – although you need to be careful about the amount and type of exercise.

Thanks to The Dog Clinic. Com for providing this valuable information.

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