You know that old saying about looking like our pets? The more time we spend with them, the more we start to look like each other, which is even more true when you’re both inactive. Just like people, dogs need exercise, and when your dog doesn’t get enough exercise, it’ll start to show right around the middle.
Being a dog owner is a huge responsibility. Not only do we need to feed them well (which means no table scraps, for one thing,) but we also need to exercise our pups to keep them healthy and physically fit.
Leave it to me to purposely hand pick one of the most active dog breeds on the planet. My husky is a running machine, and though it’s easy to put him out on the backyard line so he can race all over the place to expend all that pent up energy, it’s never enough exercise to keep him happy and fit.
On the other hand, his constant need for exercise benefits me more than he will ever know. As much as I love walking and running, I tend to find myself unmotivated–especially during the fall and winter months. Fortunately, despite my own lack of motivation, my dog tends to crave more exercise than ever during the cooler months because of his origins and love of the cold.
This means in rain, sleet, blizzard and hail, that dog wants to walk or run, whether I want to or not. And he’s not quiet about it either. He will bark and jump and tug at his leash until I finally get off my lazy rear and reach for my walking shoes or snow boots.
There’s no excuse for laziness when it comes to dogs, especially puppies. They crave exercise, and without it they can become slightly destructive. Regular exercise not only keeps them trim and healthy, but it stimulates their mind. It doesn’t matter what breed of dog you have; they get bored easily. Regular exercise cuts down on the amount of boredom that eventually leads to destructive behavior.
So if your already a dog owner, and you love your furniture, get out there and start walking to keep your pet active and healthy–especially if they start to tear things up out of sheer boredom.
If you’re not a dog owner and you’re looking for the perfect excuse to get out there and walk every day, rain or shine, a canine friend is the perfect motivation. Not only do you get lots of exercise, but they reward you for all your hard work with extra love and cuddles!
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