It’s a well-known fact that a tired dog is a well-behaved dog, but unfortunately, a lot of owners don’t have enough time or enough motivation to keep their dogs properly exercised. A dog’s exercise routine is crucial to his or her overall well being, for several reasons.
What Is Considered Exercise?
Although you may consider a leashed walk to be exercise, the truth is your dog needs more than just a quick walk around the block for it to be considered proper exercise. Hikes or longer, 20- or 30-minute walks (2-3 times a day) are ideal for exercise. For variety, pet owners can also bike or jog with their dogs, take them swimming, or bring them to a dog park where they can run around and play with other dogs. Dog parks, provided your dog is friendly and gets along with other dogs, are great for both exercise and socialization.
Keeping Dogs Entertained
Exercising your dog is great for keeping them entertained. As previously mentioned, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog. It is easier to train your dog if he or she has had an adequate amount of exercise. If a dog is tired out, they’re better companions, as well, as they will be calmer. Since dogs don’t entertain themselves, it’s important for owners to provide their pets with entertainment—this could mean throwing a stick and playing fetch, providing an adequate amount of toys, or even giving them treats in treat-dispensing toys that keep their minds sharp.
Exercise Helps Dogs Stay Healthy
Unfortunately, since many people can’t or won’t dedicate enough time to exercising their pets, a lot of dogs are overweight. Since dogs are much smaller than humans (usually, anyway!), even a couple of pounds can be a big difference when it comes to whether they are truly as healthy as can be. While man dogs need at least an hour of exercise per day, there are some breeds that require much more. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to do that, you can hire a dog walking service to help meet you half way—even adding another 20-minute walk to your dog’s exercise routine can make a big difference for their overall health.