|Fun and Fitness For Your Furry Friend
How important is it for your dog to get the proper amount of exercise? How can your best friend profit from activity within a daily
play group? Lets read what the experts have to say:
Brian Kilcommons is one of the country's foremost dog trainers: a consultant to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine; the official trainer for the
PBS series "The Gentle Doctor; Veterinary Medicine", and formerly the behavior and training coordinator for the ASPCA and animal expert for WABC-TV
News. Here is what he has to say in his book Good Owners, Great Dogs:
"If one single factor is responsible for problems between dog and owner, it is insufficient exercise. Dogs are active. If you give them an outlet, they will burn
off the excess energy running and playing. If you don't, they can make your life miserable. They'll bark, chew, dig or be constantly in motion. Pent-up energy
makes anxiety and stress problems worse and adds housebreaking mistakes and whining to the list of optimal ways to spend time. One of the best
exercises for your dog is romping with another dog."
Pet Place has the following to say regarding dog play groups:
"Sarah loves playing tag with her pals. Charlie is happiest playing catch, while lazy old Beau prefers to stand on the sidelines." This sounds like playground
life anywhere, only these are dogs, not children, who romp in their local parks every day, and their numbers are growing from coast to coast. From Portland,
Oregon to Portland, Maine, communities are carving out public space for unleashed dogs, and finding them as popular as the sites set aside for soccer
and softball. Dogs left alone all day are desperate for exercise. Running with other dogs off leash, wrestling with them and playing tug of war get these
couch-potato pooches into shape, developing their muscle tone, agility and stamina. Better yet, after an hour of non stop exercise, most dogs are too tired
to chew the furniture or dig up the garden, so behavior improves as a result.
Here's an article found on the canine behavior website, boosting a miracle cure found for all types of canine ailments and behavior problems. That miracle
cure is called exercise:
"In both canines and humans, physical exercise strengthens our bodies and increases our lifespan. Exercise helps us burn calories and increase the
speed of our metabolism, aiding fat burn even during rest, keeping us slim, svelte and healthy. Exercise also contributes to good mental agility. So your
dogs chewing the couch and indulging in a little excessive barking? It's not because he's mad at you. It's because he's bored-pure and simple. Dogs
weren't bred to lie around the house in the sun. They were bred to perform daily tasks, alongside humans, such as pulling sleds, herding sheep and
performing rescue operations. Instinctive energy such as this will build up and demand an outlet. It's up to you to make sure that this energy is channeled
Petco has the following to say about exercise and your pet:
"Get your dog on a safe, effective exercise plan, and you'll both enjoy the results. Like you, your four-legged friend will benefit from an exercise routine.
Regular physical activity improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion, and cardiovascular fitness. It also helps prevent obesity, which is linked to
numerous health problems in dogs. Besides safeguarding your dog's health, exercise will make your buddy more relaxed and less destructive."
Finally we have some advice directly from the Wisconsin Humane Society:
"For young dogs, exercising twice daily isn't just a nice thing to do - it's an absolute necessity!! Young dogs that are under-exercised are typically very active,
running around as if being chased by a runaway locomotive! A walk around the block is NOT exercise for most dogs. Exercise is a basic daily need, like
eating and drinking, and if it isn't adequately provided, serious consequences may ensue. Your dog may begin to act extremely “hyper”, putting on more
energy into destructive activities. This could make him very difficult, if not impossible to work with."
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." - Sue Murphy
The most precious gift you can give your dog. Enroll your buddy in a playgroup today and watch as their lives
improve, just like us humans, mentally, physically and emotionally. It's the art of dog walking taken a step beyond.
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