The Benefits of Dog Exercise

Dog exercise is highly recommended and has plenty of health benefits. Your dog will feel good, have a healthy weight and display an exemplary behavior. All you need to do is make sure he gets enough exercise.

Your dog can get exercise in a number of ways: walking, jogging, playing outdoors or, if you don't have the time and space, indoors-possibly with the use of treadmills and other exercise devices intended for dogs.

Good Health

One of the main advantages of regular dog exercise is maintaining your pet's health. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses.

An active dog will have no digestive problems (assuming he isn't being feed food allergens).

A dog who gets daily walks will be less susceptible to urinary infections: walking stimulates urination and helps eliminating harmful bacteria before these may cause an infection.

An active dog will be less susceptible to depression and will live longer.

Exercise reduces stress and will give your dog a good rest. Dogs with insomnia are recommended to do more exercise.

Healthy Weight

If your dog gets plenty of exercise, he won't be an obese dog.

Overweight dogs are less active and are more prone to heart diseases and depression. Obese dogs will also have arthritis and may develop diabetes.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your dog's well being and this is why you have to make him exercise.

Minimize Unwanted Dog Behavior

Dogs like to chew and dig. Most of the times, they do these activities out of boredom and because they have plenty of energy to spend. If you focus your dog's energy towards exercise, he will no longer chew or dig. Make sure the activities you offer are challenging so that your dog doesn't get bored. A dog that performs daily exercise will bark less and will not be hyperactive.

Build Up Confidence

As with humans, regular exercise will improve your dog's confidence and reduce his anxiety. If you have a shy dog, you can help him by offering the right amount of exercise every day. He will start being more outgoing and happy.

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

The amount of exercise a dog needs varies according to the size and the breed of the dog.

Larger breeds need a lot of motion-at least 40 minutes of moderate to intensive cardio a day (though you shouldn't push an old-aged or overweight dog beyond his limits). Walking is healthy, but larger dogs also need some more alert movement. Use exercises such a ball and Frisbee throwing or the indoor dog treadmill.

Smaller breeds should get 20 to 30 minutes of workout and 2 to 3 walks per day. However, some smaller breeds such as the Terrier may be more active and need more exercise.

After each exercise session your dog will need hydration and a bit of rest.

It is important that you stimulate your dog with motivating activities to make him exercise. Take your dog with you while you jog or bike and this will keep you both healthy.