Benefits of Vigorous Exercise

A Greater Meaning to the Word "Exercise"

We give our dogs exercise because . . . ? Well, we're supposed to. Pretty simple right? Certainly, but let's just take a quick peek a little deeper into what exercise will mean to your best friend. We know our dogs love it. And like most of their owners, they don't realize the true benefits of vigorous exercise. So find yourself a dog walker or doggie daycare that you know and trust will give your dog the proper exercise.

 Living longer is what we all aspire to do. Now some of us are couch potatoes and we love life that way. It is our choice and we understand the results of that lifestyle. But your best friend wants off the couch and onto the trails to run, roam and romp. Although he or she doesn't know it, this lifestyle will help to extend his or her life. Best of all, a happier and healthier life. And this is your benefit, your reward, to have your dog with you a little longer.

Enough Already, What are They?

Of course the medical research wasn't done by me. But I wanted a credible source. Below I have borrowed from the article, The Many Benefits of Exercise and Play from Your Dog newsletter published by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Masachusetts. And they say . . .

  • Sufficient exercise helps reduce or eliminate common behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity. Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day.
  • Exercise helps prevent boredom and channels the dog's energy in a productive, acceptable direction.
  • Exercise helps keep pets healthy, agile and limber.
  • It reduces the incidence of digestive problems and constipation.
  • It helps prevent depression.
  • It's a good way to help a timid or fearful dog build confidence and trust.
  • Exercise promotes healthy rest. A well-exercised dog will be sleepy instead of restless when it's time to relax or go to bed.
  • And exercise is key to weight control.
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