For us humans, we have the ability to squeeze in a workout whenever and wherever possible. Perhaps it’s before the sun comes up, late in the evening, or during a lunch break. However, your pooch depends on you to provide him with the opportunity to exercise. Think about it – when was the last time you returned home to find your dog walking himself? Exercise is a key component to having a healthy pooch, and provides more benefits that you might think.
The Benefits Are Plentiful
One of the most obvious benefits of exercising your dog is preventing weight gain, but a little movement each day is a great way to work and stretch those joints and improve/maintain bone density and muscle mass. Not to mention, a good workout prevents boredom and the accompanying bad habits your pooch might employ to release that built up energy such as barking, scratching, digging, and chewing. You can also use a quick walk or jog as a way to get your pooch nice and tired before bed at night or prep for a car trip. So, how much exercise is needed to achieve these benefits? In general, your dog needs anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of exercise each day, but this should entail more than just walking. Perhaps you could walk around the block and end with a game of fetch, tug-of-war, or even a stop at the dog park.
Socialization is a Plus
When taking your dog outdoors, it is inevitable that you will encounter both humans and dogs. If your pooch isn’t used to this, he may exhibit timid or aggressive behavior. This doesn’t mean your dog is anti-social; it simply means he hasn’t been exposed and trained on how to handle common social situations such as meeting new people, passing a dog on the sidewalk, or encountering a loud child. Rather than retreat back to the house, brush up on Fido’s public etiquette at home to open up a world of exercise (and relaxation) opportunities such as dog parks, beaches, hikes, or a cup of coffee at your local dog-friendly coffee shop. Plus, both you and your pooch could benefit from a few new dog-loving friends.
Exercise Doesn’t Have to Come From You
It’s hard enough to find time to make it to the gym, let alone make sure Fido gets his daily dose of exercise. Your life is busy and that’s okay. Lucky for you, there are businesses and people like Danielle Kail, owner of Paws & Whiskers Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, whose job it is to make sure your pooch gets the workout he needs. According to Kail, although the business is, well, a business, the success stems from the fact that she truly loves dogs of all shapes and sizes. The variety of personalities she encounters keeps her job interesting, and the unlimited cuddles certainly don’t hurt either. “They are always so happy to see you and give you a huge hello,” Kail says. “It’s hard to ever be mad when that's what you're greeted with.” By combining your own efforts with that of a dog walker as crazy about canines as you are, you can be sure that your dog will be happy and healthy.
A special thank you to guest author, Tamara Gilmore. She is an Author, Dog Walker, & Creator of PupJobs.com.
Pixabay - https://pixabay.com/en/dogs-american-stafford-2412313/
Benefits of exercising - https://www.petsworld.in/blog/the-importance-of-exercise-in-your-pets-life.html
How much exercise - http://dogtime.com/dog-health/fitness/49-exercise-needs
Common social situations - https://bestfriends.org/resources/dog-socialization-how-improve-dogs-social-skills
Public etiquette - https://www.redfin.com/blog/how-to-train-dogs-public-manners-at-home
Workout he needs - https://www.pawswhiskers.com/services