We all know the expression, a pet is not just for Christmas, it’s for life! This phrase came from the number of people who were going out buying dogs, getting them home, enjoyed playing with them while they are puppies and great fun but then got bored of them. They couldn’t be bothered washing, feeding and walking the dog regularly. Obviously it isn’t nice having to go out and walk a dog at 7 o’clock in the morning before work when it is freezing cold and raining outside, but this is just something that has to be done if you choose to get a dog, you can’t decide after you have bought it that you can’t be bothered.
Exercise to dogs is hugely important, unlike cats they can’t just be let out on their own to have a stroll around for a few hours, they have to be walked or there is a good chance they’ll run off and never be seen again! Ideally dogs need to be walked twice a day, most owners only tend to do it once and whilst this is obviously better than nothing it still should be done twice a day to get the recommended amount of exercise, especially if you have a larger dog.
If you have noticed that your dog tends to be very excitable and goes around ripping shoes to shreds and throwing toilet paper around your bathroom then there is a good chance that it isn’t getting enough exercise, if you start walking it more often or for longer when you take it you should find it becomes much more sedentary and relaxed. Aside from behaviour the physical aspect is just as important, more and more dogs are becoming overweight and obese just as humans are which puts undue stress on their heart and legs in particular, by walking them more regular you’ll help them keep the pounds off and in much better condition.
A good way to get your dog to exercise without you having to do quite so much is to find some great toys for it to play with. Throwing a toy around or even a stick really gets their heart pumping and a worn out dog is much quieter and easy to deal with in the evenings. So not only is it in the dogs best interests to be exercised more but also yours as the owner.