Just as you benefit from regular exercise, so does your dog, both physically & mentally. Exercise is beneficial for all dogs, young or old; you just need to adjust the amount of exercise to suit your dog’s age & fitness level.
Just like us, a dog that doesn’t get enough exercise will not only run the risk of developing health issues such as obesity, heart disease & arthritis, he/she may also develop behavioral issues. Lack of exercise can result in boredom & frustration, the dog may try to deal with these feelings by developing destructive patterns of behavior such as aggression, destroying furniture, or OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
To ensure that your dog lives a healthy & happy life, you should exercise him/her regularly. Ideally you should take your dog out for daily walks. Most dogs enjoy the outdoors & like to explore. Try to walk at least twice a day, start slowly until you both build your fitness levels. Walking will allow your dog to become more socialized. Try walking different routes. New situations and environments can help build self confidence.
Play is also very important. Most dogs enjoy chasing a ball, Frisbee or stick & your dog will love the opportunity to play with you. Tug of war is another activity dogs enjoy playing. Might I suggest a Knotty Chaw Chaw or Knotty Gnaw toy to play tug of war with your dog. Playing with your dog is a great bonding opportunity that builds both communication & trust.
The key to exercise is regularity; try to maintain a daily routine. It’s simply one of the best things you can do for your dog.
CEO Olivia ❤