More often than not pet owners ignore their pets daily exercise needs. Ignoring your pets daily exercise needs will lead to pet obesity, excessive barking, as well as destructive behaviors including digging holes in the garden and chewing inappropriate objects. Pets need mental and physical stimulation to keep their mind busy. A tired dog is a good dog! If your dog is demonstrating destructive behaviors or excessive barking, your dog is not getting enough daily exercise. Every dog should be walked for at least 30 minutes a day. Larger and more active breeds, and breeds that are prone to obesity should be walked for longer periods of time, or more often. My husband and I currently own 3 beautiful dogs with completely different exercise needs. Our pug needs at least a 30 minute walk every day. If we skip his walk in the morning, he becomes very yappy throughout the day. Our pit/doberman mix and our 7 month old rottweiler/lab mix get a minimum of 2 walks per day. A few times a week we will jog early in the morning to expel any extra pent-up energy the dogs might have. If our larger dogs miss their morning walk, they are running wild and wrestling all through the house at 6am!
Does a fenced in yard count as exercise? NO! When your dog is
sniffing around the yard, within 5 minutes they have probably lost interest and are laying in the sun chewing on a stick or digging a hole in the yard. The backyard does not give your dog the mental workout that a walk through the neighborhood will give. So what if you don’t walk your dog daily? You run the risk of pet obesity which contributes to diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. Keep your dogs calm, happy, and healthy with daily exercise. Walking is relaxing for both you and your dog! If you’re running late and don’t have time to walk your dog in the morning, consider training your dog to use the treadmill. For tips on treadmill training, visit our blog tomorrow.