You want your dog to enjoy a happy and long life, so you should do what you can to encourage physical activity. If your pup is a bit lazy, you can turn things around with exercise that can be beneficial for both of you. Here are three reasons why staying active is important for your dog.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obese dogs are at a higher risk for medical conditions such as arthritis and heart disease. Consult your veterinarian about what level of activity is appropriate for your dog, and then build up stamina and endurance to reduce risk of injury. Some good choices that you can enjoy with your dog are:
- A daily walk
- Playing fetch
- Swimming (if your dog knows how)
Keep your dog hydrated during and after activities, and watch out for hot asphalt that may make paws tender.
Dogs are naturally active, and when they do not have an outlet for their energy, they may develop behavior problems that can harm your relationship and your property. Frustrated and bored dogs are more likely to become aggressive, chew furniture or shoes, dig holes, or bark excessively.
Promote Mental Fitness
Without stimulation, your dog can even suffer a loss of mental alertness. Try incorporating problem-solving into play time for a healthy mind.
Taking time to keep your dog active can be good for both of you if you fun ways to keep moving. Contact Family pet Clinic at (262) 253-2255 for more advice on keeping your dog active.