Dog Runs and the Importance of Exercise
- Posted By: Tim
- Date: 13 May 2016
Historically, dogs have been bred to be active and working animals. Whether it was hunting, personal protection or herding livestock, a dog’s role has been one full of physical exertion. Today, most people’s lives are significantly changed, and as such, most animals no longer spend long periods of time engaged in activities.
As a result, many of our pet dogs live sedentary lifestyles and do not receive anywhere near the same level of exercise. A common cause of behavioural problems in pet dogs is a lack of exercise. With no outlets for natural boisterousness, their attention can quickly turn to problematic areas.
Using dog runs to give access to a safe outdoor space whilst also offering opportunities for active play can help to ensure that these issues can be avoided, keeping dogs and owners as happy as possible. Large dog runs offer space to play with other dogs, but additional exercise is also required.
A lack of time to play and exercise can lead to serious issues. As with young children, an unattended puppy will always find something to do with themselves – but it’s not always the case that their chosen activity meets with parental approval. Some common behavioural issues could include destructive chewing or scratching, unruliness and excessive excitability, hyperactivity, play-biting and barking or whining.
As well as combating these problematic issues, a suitable amount of exercise also helps to reduce constipation and digestive issues. It will keep dogs limber and healthy and able to maintain an appropriate weight.
Starting to Exercise
When considering a new regime, think about the pet’s current activity level, and if necessary consult a vet before suddenly increasing the amount of exercise fitted into daily life. Although dogs are naturally suited to an active lifestyle, different breeds have differing expectations and a normal level of exertion.
Retrievers and hunting dogs are bred for higher levels than breeds such as the shih-tzu or Chihuahua, but any dog who has been inactive for a while might suffer with joint issues or muscle pains after strenuous exercise.
Animals used to dog runs could be taken on long walks or hikes, with plenty of opportunities for running and jumping. Exercise outdoors can be a chance for the dog to use all of its senses. Swimming in appropriate safe bodies of water is also a great exercise for dogs and humans.
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