Pets are a great addition to any family when they are happy and healthy. Keeping them fed, hydrated, and physically fit can take a lot of time if it is not done the proper way. Exercise for dogs is just as important as feeding the dog and giving it water on a daily basis. Listed below are several reasons why exercise is beneficial to dogs.
Reduces Health Problems
Health problems vary depending on the breed of dog. Larger dogs tend to have hip and joint problems without the proper exercise. Some may have these problems because they are passed down from their parents. Some smaller dog breeds have digestive problems. Exercise, such as running and walking, helps food digest through the digestive system for any breed of dog.
Burns Off Excess Energy
Many dog breeds require a lot of play time to get their energy out. Throwing a stick or a ball to a dog and letting them chase it helps for them to burn off excess energy. Going on a run with a dog also helps them burn off energy. Some dogs are capable of and require a lot of exercise to allow them to rest and not be hyper. If dogs do not have an outlet to get energy out, they often will get in trouble and tear things up.
Obesity in dogs is very common and becomes a bigger risk once dogs reach the age of 5. This is when body fat builds up in different areas of the dog's body because they do not get enough exercise. This could also be due to overeating. Some dog breeds retain weight more than others also. If this is the case, they may require more daily exercise. Many families are able to take their dogs for walks on a regular basis but if they cannot, it is important for them to have a fenced in yard so the dog can run around.
One of the best forms of exercise for dogs is playing in a yard. They enjoy chasing balls, shadows, and even other animals. Dogs also like to run free without the limitations of being on a leash or a run. This exercise is best when it is in a yard with a dog fence to keep the dog from running away. Benner's Best Friend Fence can answer further questions about what fence may be most beneficial for dogs.