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The Benefits of Exercise

Keep your dog healthy, happy and out of trouble with daily exercise, it is fun and provides many benefits for them including:

    Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity.

    Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber.

    Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust.

    Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you yourself are trying to relax.

    Helps to keep your dog`s weight under control.


On-leash walks give dogs lots of interesting sights and smells to investigate. They may provide enough exercise for some toy breeds, senior dogs and other  couch potatoes. Use an extendable leash, to give your dog more freedom to explore, walk briskly for 30 minutes a day.

Vary your route once in a while to give your dog new smells and sights to enjoy . If your dog is old, not accustomed to exercise, overweight or has a health problems, start with a 10-minute walk each day and gradually increase the duration.

For healthy young or middle-aged dogs, leashed walks alone probably won’t provide enough exercise.
 
The benefits off-leash exercise are, your dog can set their own pace, sniff and investigate to their heart’s content, stop when tired and burst into running whenever they like. Be sure to have your dog well-trained to reliably come when called before you give them off-leash privileges.

On-leash running, or cycling. These are great ways to exercise a healthy dog and keep yourself fit also, however people are actually better suited for jogging or long-distance running than dogs are. Even when hunting or herding, dogs tend to move in short, intense bursts of speed with intermittent stops. Playing dogs do this as well, stopping to sniff around and enjoy the scenery.

 If you jog or cycle with your dog on a leash, it’s important that you monitor your dog’s physical exertion, as it’s easy to over-exert your dog (especially in the warmer months) when you’re on wheels while they are running.
 
Sustained jogging,  running or cycling is not recommended for young dogs whose bones are still growing. It can also be hard on large dog's joints and bones, because they are more prone to cruciate ligament injuries, arthritis and hip dysplasia.