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How much exercise is right for my dog?

Today let's talk about exercise of our beloved pooches. While dogs range in size and energy level, all dogs need frequent exercise to stay in shape and behave their very best!
     Exercise can help my dog behave? Yes! Younger dogs, and "working breeds" such as Australian shepherds, Border collies, and German shepherds, must have a consistent way to get out some energy! Older dogs may be content with daily walks but if you have a juvenile or high energy dog, lack of regular running time can have serious and detrimental effects on your dogs behavior-and maybe even your belongings! In this article we'll discuss methods to improve your dogs health and well being with various ways they can stay physically busy!
    Dogs who do not receive enough exercise will exhibit signs-chewing on furniture, bolting out of doors, excessive barking, or obesity. Any dog that is out of teething age and still displaying destructive chewing habits is doing so out of boredom/frustration and needs time to run. Walking for dogs does have healthy benefits-but all canines need time to RUN. That isn't to say you should be running 2 miles with a 5 month Great Dane puppy! Consult a Veterinarian before starting on any exercise program with your dog- Some breeds can run with you for longer periods, some need to be closely monitored with light exercise, and some dogs are heat sensitive and care should be taken about the time of day for their exercise. Running with your dog is a great way for both of you to stay in shape and bond. It's also important to train your dog to run at your side at your pace or it won't be a comfortable experience for either of you!
    Doggie Daycare is an excellent way to burn off tons of energy! At our Daycare, dogs are cycled through play groups and rest periods for optimal care. Our Daycare staff are trained in dog behavior and interact with toys and other stimuli to keep our dogs moving! Doggie Daycare is an excellent way to socialize your pet, help them get some energy out, and even improve their behavior! Dogs learn what is correct from other dogs much faster than learning from a human. Another dog will be quick to let them know when they are playing too rough or behaving inappropriately. We also practice wait commands and frequently have the dogs sit while in group. This helps them focus better in higher distractions. Dogs leave daycare tired and happy, and many owners bring their dogs to daycare at least once a week for exercise and fun.
   Interactive games with your dog can also be a good exercise! Tug of war and fetch are great ways to get energy out and keep a healthy active bond with your pet. Fun Classes like agility combine obedience and exercise! Think about how your pet could improve with a better curriculum of exercise and get started today!
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