Yes, I know, everywhere you look, listen, and read these days, someone is preaching about the benefits of exercise. We all know they’re right, but guess what? Its great for your dogs too! So let’s take a few minutes, and talk about the benefits of exercising your dog.
It’s not just about the obvious physical benefits we hear so much about, such as, losing weight, lowering blood pressure, gaining strength, and cardiovascular health. It’s also about the mental health benefits, such as stress/anxiety reduction, and just plain old “feeling good”. When you exercise, your body releases something called endorphins, which, among other things, makes you feel good. Guess what? The same is true for your dog, and we all want our dogs to feel good, right?
Dogs get bored just like we do, and as a result, some will become depressed, and/or become destructive. The best way to avoid/remedy this, is to get them good and tired, and the only way to get them good and tired, you guessed it, EXERCISE!
Any dog can, and does, for one reason or another, experience stress/anxiety. A trip to the vet, a thunder storm, being left alone, and vacuum cleaners are some reasons dogs experience stress/anxiety. Rescued dogs will lots of times, for many reasons, experience stress/anxiety. The results of their stress can be displayed in some really bad behaviors, and health conditions. The best way to give them relief from this is, loads of love, patients, training, and lots of EXERCISE. Not only will you be reducing their stress levels and improving their health, you will be creating a very important bond with your new furry friend. Very soon, seen here will be pictures of Blade, my daughter Stephanie’s fur baby, whom she rescued. In these pictures you will see the healthy transformation that took place, and all this was the result of LOTS OF EXERCISE, mega amounts of love, compassion, and training. Both of my daughters, have adopted older, rescued dogs (I’m so proud of them and my grandpups). You will get to meet them very soon, and hear the “Tale of Two Dogs.
Don’t forget to check out my page, Dog Exercise Ideas, for some fun ways to exercise with your dog.
So get up, grab the leash, and go have FUN exercising with your dog!
If you have any health concerns about your dog, please consult your veterinarian before starting an exercise program or activity.
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness with your dog! ~Deb~