Dogs and Exercise

August 25, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

True or false? I have a large, fenced-in backyard so my dog is getting plenty of exercise.

The answer is false! This is a popular myth among dog owners, but just because your pup has a big backyard to run around in doesn’t mean he or she is getting the proper exercise. Your pet may appear to be active when first let out, but normally, this excitement quickly dies down and your dog will lie down for a nap or beg to come back inside.

The truth is dogs are much like humans when it comes to exercise. We both need motivation to be physically active. Dogs make great workout buddies because you can provide each other with the companionship and incentive to stay active.

The minimum recommendation for dogs is 20 minutes of good cardiovascular exercise three times a week. However, 30 minutes, six to seven days a week is recommended. A casual stroll is not an adequate workout for your pet. Power walking, jogging, swimming, and playing fetch are examples of activities that will achieve good cardiovascular intensity and caloric burn. Consistent daily exercise is the best and safest approach for your dog even if he or she is not overweight. Dogs that do not get regular exercise are at higher risk for arthritis and other conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, and internal organs. Lack of physical activity also contributes to many canine behavior problems.

So be the motivation your pet needs to stay fit and active for a lifetime.

Dogs Exercise

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