A healthy body results in a healthy mind, this is true of almost all animal species, and just as you benefit from regular exercises, so will your pup.
Exercise is beneficial for all dogs, young or old.
You just need to adjust the amount of exercise to suit your dog’s age and fitness level. Exercise not only benefits all dogs on a physical level but also helps many bad and unwanted behavior issues.
A dog that doesn’t get enough exercise will not only run the risk of developing health issues such as obesity heart disease and arthritis he will also develop various behavioral issues.
Lack of exercise results in boredom.
Your dog may try to deal with these feelings by developing destructive patterns of behavior such as aggression and destructive behaviors such as chewing up house hold items…
A dog that is not allowed to work off excess energy and tension through exercise may develop aggressive tendencies. Boredom will lead your dog to try to entertain himself with stress relieving behavior such as chewing.
Most dogs will never turn down a playing a fetch game, which is another great way to exercise your dog. Tug of war is another activity dogs enjoy playing with each other and with humans as well. You can use an old towel, rope or chew toy to play tug of war with your dog.
The key to an effective exercise program is regularity…try to maintain a regular exercise schedule for your dog.
Having a routine visit weekly by a dog walker is an excellent way to maintain a consistent exercise program. Giving your dog-regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for him and will help him live a healthier and happier life.
Remember to make sure you consider your dog’s fur coat and the hot sun too.
Your vet will be able to give you the best advice on how much exercise and temperature changes your dog can handle according to his age, breed and level of health.