The Importance of Exercising With Your Dog

As a dog owner, exercising with your dog is one of the most important things you can do for your four legged family member. With the exception of a few breeds, most dogs need to have exercise to be happy and healthy.

This can range from daily walks with you, to playing ball or just running around the back yard. And if you like to go running or biking, or hiking or walking take your dog along with you. Your dog will love the extra attention and will look forward to these outings.

All of the reasons that exercise is good for you are the same for your dog. Exercise will improve your dogs cardiovascular health, and increase both the quality and length of his life. It will help your dog maintain a healthy weight without you having to regulate the amount of food he eats.

You do need to watch your dog for overheating when exercising with your dog. This is especially important if you have a short faced breed such as a Bulldog, Pug or Boston Terrier. These type of breeds need to be watched very carefully when they are breathing hard because they are susceptible to brachycephalic syndrome which is a collapse of the airway that can cause death.

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The sport of agility is another great way to get exercise for yourself and your dog. Most dogs love the running as fast as they can and going over the jumps, and teeters and through the tunnels and weave poles. There are many places to take classes in agility with your dog, or you can set up a course in your backyard and play with your dog there.
Most agility equipment is easy to make yourself with a trip to the hardware store to purchase supplies. You will also form a wonderful bond with your dog if you decide to continue and participate at agility trials.

The most important thing about exercising with your dog is to make it fun for both you and your dog, or you will not continue it. Think about all of the health benefits you will both achieve with the exercise as well as the bond you will form with your dog by spending time with him.

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