Dogs, like humans, were designed to be on the move. In the wild, a dog had to be on the move to stay out of trouble (e.g. avoid becoming a Velociraptor’s meal). Similarly, when a dog was hungry, the tastiest meal could only be got by hunting it down!
All that has changed in today’s world. Now, your dog is served her food in a beautifully decorated bowl. And, she does not have to worry about predators getting to her while she lounges in the living room.
Trouble is, her body has not yet evolved to take advantage of the new scheme of things. In fact, her body continues to do best when she remains on the move.
That is why dog exercise is important. Here are some of the top reasons why you should make sure that your dog is exercised regularly.
#1. Exercise is fun
A regularly exercised dog comes to depend on the enjoyment derived from exercise. As the appointed time nears, she will get restless with excitement. Some dogs will even drag out your running shoes and fetch the leash. In short, they love it!
#2. Exercise helps keep your dog in shape
Dog exercise can burn off calories at up to ten times the sedentary rate. This tones her muscles and invigorates all the organ systems in her body, helping them to remain well-conditioned. Additionally, your dog has a far better chance of maintaining an appropriate body weight if exercise is a regular part of her routine.
#3. Exercise helps you keep in shape
Dogs may have the edge over cats because, unlike cats, owners usually have to be explicitly involved in exercising their dogs. This involvement often means that owners benefit from a reasonable workout as well.
#4. Exercise together enhances your bond
It’s early in the morning, the sun is on the cusp of rising, and the weather is cool and crisp — and there’s only you, your dog and the walking trial. It is moments like these that strengthen the bond between you and your dog. A strong bond helps keep your dog calm, alert, happy, and interested in life.
#5. Exercise can help reduce your dog’s weight
If your pet has packed in a few extra pounds over the years, dog exercise is a wonderful way to help her get it off. Not only does exercise consume calories, but the increased activity help reduce the stress that her reduced diet places on her organ systems.
#6. Exercise helps the mental well being of dogs
Dogs that belong to “working” breeds derive enormous mental benefits from regular exercise. Such dogs may require tailored exercise regimens, but the extra effort will be well worth it. Without exercise, these dogs can develop all kinds of neuroses.
#7. Exercise improves sleep
Moderate exercise provides a workout not only for the body but for the mind as well. A pleasantly tired dog who has received the mental stimulation she needs will have a healthier, more restful sleep — beneficial to overall health.
#8. EXERCISE REDUCES OCDs