Just like us our four legged friends require exercise to stay fit and healthy. Though it’s usually our dogs that encourage us to get out of the house!
By actively playing and exercising together you will increase your bond, prevent boredom, build immune system response, and reduce stress. It’s pretty much a win-win situation.
Your dogs exercise schedule will change depending on their breed, age and personality but we recommend that your doggy gets at least three different types of exercise a day – fetch, walk and off leash play.
Exercise on your dog’s schedule. Dogs are crepuscular animals, meaning they are naturally most active at dawn and dusk and tend to sleep for a large part of the day.
We know finding the time in the morning before work can be tough, but make the effort! It will drain their energy tank when it needs draining the most BUT more importantly deter any destructive ‘boredom’ behaviour while you’re away for the day.
Vary exercise locations. Try to vary the route you take your doggy for a walk every day, we know it’s all too easy to slip into a routine. This will mentally stimulate your dog and tire out their body!
Just so you know, running around the backyard doesn’t cut it!
Vary exercise type. The more you can diversify the type of exercise your dog gets, the better! Think of varying the type of exercise your dog gets as cross training for dogs – swimming, walking, tugging, hiking, and running an agility course all work different muscle groups.
Play time. It’s roolly much more fun playing with your dog and road testing new toys. If your dog doesn’t know how to play yet, all these types of play can be taught; tugging, retrieving, hide the toy, chase me- chase you, playing with a boredom breaker toy or enjoying a chew toy.
These games are perfect for when the weather turns sour or as a bonding exercise between you and your faithful friend.