What Are The Benefits of Exercise?

They physical and mental benefits of exercise are:

Physical Benefits

Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber

Helps to strengthen the heart and lungs

Helps to build muscle and tones muscle

Helps to improve coordination and stabilises the joints

Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation

Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when the owner is relaxing

Helps the body and metabolic system to function properly

Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

Engages the mind

Mental Benefits

Bored dogs are unhappy dogs – dogs need something to do.

Releases endorphins in the brain (particularly if the dog is trotting for any length of time), creating a feeling of overall well-being.

Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust

Socialisation

Helps the dog to focus better, and hence the dog is easier to train

Exercise can help with the pain of arthritis, dysplasia and other mild to moderate conditions.

Exercise helps the dog to release energy that would otherwise be acted out as grumpiness, aggression, nervousness or insomnia.

Too much confinement can result in stress, which dogs can turn into shoe chewing and anxious behaviour with company.

The dog will rest and sleep better, which in turn leads to good attitude.

Lack of Exercise

A lack of exercise will contribute to behaviour problems in dogs due to frustration and boredom – if you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own.  Some of the most common behaviour problems seen in dogs who don’t get enough exercise and play are:

Destructive chewing, digging or scratching

Tail chasing

Investigative behaviours, like raiding the rubbish bins

Self-harming

Separation anxiety

Hyperactivity, excitability and night-time activity

Unruliness, knocking over furniture and jumping up on people

Excessive predatory and social play

Play biting and rough play

Attention-getting behaviours like barking and whining

Toileting in the house

Developing compulsive habits like excessive licking

Aggression, fear or over excitement

Obesity, with associated health risks

Pulling on the lead due to over excitement

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