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06/06/2013 06:43:49 AM by GoGoDogPals   Send Message to GoGoDogPals  1646  views, category: Pet care, safety and insurance view all blogs


In addition to providing food and water, daily exercise is need that must be met for your dog’s health and well-being. Exercise needs and energy levels are some of the most important things to research when deciding to get a pet. When caring for dogs, not only is exercise important for your dog’s physical health, the amount of exercise your dog gets can affect behavior, aggression levels, trainability, mental health, and physical health.Dog Exercise


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: Exercise Affects Your Dog’s Physical Health
Outside walks are more than just a chance for your dog to go to the bathroom. Physical exercise affects your dog’s physical health, mental health, and behavior. Lack of exercise can lead to dog health problems such as obesity and heart problems. Adequate exercise has health benefits that can help increase your dog’s lifespan. Consult with your vet about your dog’s health and exercise routines.


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: Exercise Affects Your Dog’s Mental Health
Exercise provides mental simulation for your dog. Outdoor experiences provide mental simulation for dogs with a change of scenery, sounds, and smells. Outside your dog experiences scents of other dogs, other people, and other animals. These experiences are important to help your dog develop socialization skills for interacting with people and other dogs. Lack of mental stimulation can lead to boredom and behavioral problems such as over excitement in dogs, fear, or aggression in dogs when seeing a new dog or person.


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: Exercise Affects Your Dog’s Behavior and Aggression Levels
Exercise affects your dog’s behavior. Lack of exercise can have negative affects on your dog’s behavior. Adequate exercise can have positive affects on your dog’s behavior. While watching dog training shows like it’s Me or the Dog, time after time dog behavioral problems increase when dogs aren’t getting enough exercise. Also time after time, dog behavioral problems decrease when dogs are given enough exercise. If your dog is misbehaving, it could be due to not enough exercise.


The amount of exercise a dog gets affects his or her energy levels throughout the day which can have negative behavioral effects. Lack of exercise in dogs can lead to hyperactivity, irritability, aggression, destructiveness, excess barking, and even biting. A dog with energy to spare can be bored and have more time for chewing your things or their own feet and running around the house knocking things over. Pent up energy can lead to a dog who chases people or other pets inside. A dog who has received inadequate exercise may have problems with jumping and biting. A dog’s behavior problems could be due to lack of exercise. Your dog may be sending a signal by trying to get the exercise they need by exerting energy when not appropriate and in unacceptable ways. A dog who has received enough exercise can be a calmer and quieter pet dog.


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: Exercise Affects Your Dog’s Trainability
Exercise affects your dog’s trainability. Mental simulation that appropriate dog exercise provides can lead to a smarter dog. Appropriate physical exercise increases your dog’s ability to focus. A lack of appropriate outlets for energy makes it harder to sit, stay, wait, or lie down. A dog who has not received enough exercise can be more easily distracted or bored by training. Providing enough exercise for your dog can help solve dog behavior problems and increase dog trainability. Getting enough exercise makes dog training easier.


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: Providing Adequate Exercise
It’s important to provide enough exercise for your dog. Providing adequate exercise for your dog has many benefits. A well exercised dog can be calmer around the house. There are dog training benefits, mental health benefits, and physical health benefits for your dog. Providing adequate exercise for your dog can help solve dog behavior problems and increase your dog’s lifespan.


Training can be good exercise for dogs. Your dog can get exercise learning to come when you call. Play can be good dog exercise when your dog is playing fetch or learning to play fetch. Catching a Frisbee can be good exercise for your dog. Dog exercise can be fun. Toys can provide exercise for dogs. Appropriate chew toys for dogs’ size and strength will exercise mouths and give dogs an acceptable outlet for chewing.


The Importance of Exercise for Dogs: How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need?
Before getting a pet, it’s important to know what the pet’s needs are to be sure you can provide the care the pet needs. Dog care requires money, time, patience, and energy and dogs don’t fit everyone’s lifestyle. Dog care requires grooming, cleaning, vet care, food, water, and providing daily exercise. Dog exercise needs and energy level vary according to breed, size, age, and health. Some dogs need more aerobic exercise than others. Dog exercise requirements can vary according to the individual dog. A dog may need more exercise than you think.


Before you get a dog, or if you already have one, seek advice from animal shelter workers, animal shelter trainers, other trainers, and vets about the exercise needs of the dog you’re thinking of getting or already have. They can also offer free dog training tips for training your dog to walk on a leash or help solve dog behavior problems. Animal shelter workers, trainers, and vets can also offer free dog training tips for potty training your puppy or dog. The age of a dog, health, and diet affects the number of times the dog needs to go outside to use the bathroom. Animal shelter workers, animal shelter trainers, and rescue groups are often happy to provide free dog training tips and help solve dog behavior problems. Dog training shows like It’s Me or the Dog also offers free dog training tips.


While not all dog behavior problems are due to lack of exercise, many dog behavior problems are affected by the amount of exercise the dog is given. Talk to animal shelter workers for free dog training tips and ask about the importance of exercise for dogs. Provide enough exercise for your dog and help increase your dog’s lifespan along with increasing your dog’s trainability. Consult with your vet about your dog’s health and exercise routines. If your dog has problems with behavior or training, consider the amount of exercise he or she is getting.


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