Dog experts often recommend daily exercise for canines to prevent behavioral problems. The reason for this advice is clear: a well-exercised dog is able to release nervous energy and will nap instead of engaging in behaviors that will become a major problem. A period of daily exercise will not only keep him fit, but it will also keep him emotionally stable, so you can enjoy his company more throughout the day. Here are a few ideas for providing daily exercise for your canine companion:
The Morning Walk
A brisk morning walk around the block or in a park area can be the perfect start for both your day and your dog’s day. The physical workout will work out the kinks from the night’s sleep and get both you and your dog into the outdoor air. You will start your day with a better attitude, and your dog will be relaxed and ready to sleep while you head off to work.
The Midday Ramble
Some breeds, such as Dalmatians, pointers and border collies, are more active than others and need more frequent opportunities to walk, run and sniff. If you are fortunate enough to be home during the day, you can provide a midday ramble through the neighborhood with your dog. If you are at work during the day, consider hiring a dog walker to come in at midday. Your dog will look forward to the company and will benefit from the additional physical exercise.
The Evening Outing
If you are a runner, by all means, take your canine friend with you. Make sure you accommodate his water needs, as well as your own. Also make sure you provide rest periods. Remember, your dog is wearing a full fur coat and can only sweat through his paws and through panting.
Your dog will enjoy an evening play period after you get home from work. You can set up a simple obstacle course with pillows, blankets and a hula-hoop for jumps. A small workout like this will allow him to enjoy some additional exercise and will provide bonding time for you and your dog.
Exposure to New Sights and Sounds
Another good way to ensure your dog uses up his nervous energy is to provide exposure to new sights and sounds. Processing these new experiences expend a significant amount of canine energy, and he will be ready to relax at home after a day at the beach, walking with you at the local outdoor festival or spending time at a friend’s house.
Increasing exercise time will result in greater enjoyment for your dog and fewer behavioral issues. You will find that providing these opportunities for your dog will not only improve his health and well-being, but your own as well.