Why Exercising Is So Important to Your Dog

Everyone knows that dogs need exercise. The trouble is, not everyone understands why exercise is so important. A few of the reasons might surprise you!

Physical health

The most common reason a professional vet clinic recommends exercise is to keep your dog in good physical health. It’s also the main reason why pet parents head outside and walk their canine companions every day.

Regular physical exercise can help keep your dog at a healthy weight. This helps prevent diabetes and it can prevent arthritis when your pooch gets older. Regular exercise can keep your pet more energetic and less lethargic too, which encourages more exercise.

Mental health

There’s no doubt that exercising can keep your pooch physically healthy, but it can help with your pet’s mental health too.

When the weather is cold, you probably get cabin fever. Your dog can get cabin fever too, but he can get it any time of the year if he isn’t allowed to go outside on a regular basis. Regular exercise can provide him with fresh air and prevent boredom.

It’s even better if you try walking or jogging in new areas every once in a while. That will keep exercising fresh and interesting for your pooch.

Socialization

The benefits of exercise don’t stop there. Getting out and about with your pooch allows him to be social as well!

First, he gets to be social with you. Going for a walk and playing in the park are great ways to spend time with your dog. It allows the two of you to spend quality time together, and it also gives you a chance to do a little training, which will only enhance your relationship further.

Not only does your dog get to be social with you, he gets to be social with other people and animals! Whether someone stops to pat your furry friend on the head, he gets to smell the neighbor pooch down the street, or he gets to smell the markings on light poles that have been left by other animals, exercise is a great way for him to interact with others.

In addition to these reasons, exercising is simply a lot of fun! For fresh, new exercise ideas, give your vet clinic a call and ask for professional advice.

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