The famous proverb “A healthy mind is a healthy body” applies to almost all animal species. Regular exercise is an important part of your pet’s daily life. Proper grooming, balanced nutrition, and regular visits with your veterinarian are all important parts of your dog’s healthy lifestyle. It is a good time to begin exercising your dog as a puppy. This should continue throughout the life of your pet.
- What are some of the health benefits of regular exercise?
It is true that “use it or you lose it” applies to your dog’s body. Your dog will lose his body if he doesn’t use it. Daily exercise can help keep your dog healthy, happy and safe.
- It helps reduce or eliminate common behaviors in dogs such as barking, digging and hyperactivity.
- It keeps dogs mobile and limber.
- It helps with constipation and other digestive issues in pets.
- It can also bring confidence and trust to be timid or fearful dogs
- It makes dogs sleepy and less restless at night.
- It helps to keep your dog’s weight under control.
You also get many mental and physical health benefits from cuddling up with your pet. Numerous studies have shown the health benefits that pet owners can enjoy playing with their pets. These are just a few of the studies:
- Pet owners are less likely than people without pets to experience depression or other medical conditions.
- People without pets have higher blood pressure in stressful situations than pet owners.
- A study found that borderline hypertensive people adopting dogs can significantly drop blood pressure within 5 months.
- Playing with dogs or cats can increase dopamine levels and serotonin, which are known to relax and calm.
- People with pets are less likely to develop heart disease (lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels) than those without pets.
- Dog owners who have suffered a heart attack with their dog survived longer than those without.
- Pet owners over 65 visit their doctors 30% less often than those who don’t have pets.
- What happens to a dog who doesn’t exercise enough?
Dogs behave just like children. Dogs will find a way to use their energy if you don’t give them something to do. Dogs that are not exercised enough will exhibit behavior problems. These behavior problems include:
- Digging, scratching, and destructive chewing
- Investigative behavior, such as garbage raiding
- Night-time activity, hyperactivity, and excitement
- Unruliness, jumping up on people and knocking furniture over
- Play rough and biting
- Excessive predatory behavior and social play
- Attention-getting behavior like barking and whining
Dogs who don’t exercise enough risk developing heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and other health problems. Regular exercise is essential for a healthy pet.
- What is the best exercise for dogs?
You don’t have to be an athlete to give your dog enough exercise. These are three ways to exercise your dog if you don’t enjoy running or taking long, strenuous walks.
- In spite of excessive exercise, you can train your dog’s brain with food puzzle toys and hunting for dinner. These exercises and training will not only keep your dog happy but also help prevent boredom.
- It is important to choose games that allow your dog to run and not just sit or stand still. Frisbees, sticks, fetch with balls, and hide-and-seek is all good options.
- You can take your dog to the park if he enjoys being with other dogs. You can allow your dog to have fun with other dogs.