Though just how much activity a dog needs depends in part on the breed, every dog needs exercise to stay happy and healthy. Of course, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to allow your dog’s exercise to take a backseat to other responsibilities. Your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog could benefit from some extra activity. Here are some other signs that your dog needs a little more exercise.
Your dog is overweight.
Just like humans who are sedentary, dogs who don’t get enough activity tend to pile on the pounds. If your dog is overweight, consider both the amount of exercise and the amount of food he or she is getting. Often, dogs who aren’t exercising are also getting more treats and food than they need. Being overweight puts excess pressure on your dog’s joints and can also affect his or her health in other ways, so if your dog seems to be gaining weight, add an extra walk or two into your day. Be sure to also discuss a safe weight loss plan for your dog with the vet.
Your dog is destructive.
Although puppies frequently wreak havoc around the home with destructive chewing, adult dogs usually grow out of the stage. When they don’t, the underlying cause could be lack of exercise. Exercise tires out your dog. When dogs don’t get enough movement, they tend to get their boredom and pent-up energy out by ripping up shoes, tearing up cushions, and digging in the trash can. Getting more exercise is a surprising cure for many behavioral issues.
Your dog seems lethargic.
Does your dog seem distant or down in the dumps? A lack of activity can cause dogs to become withdrawn and depressed. Give your dog a mood boost by heading outdoors for some activity. A daily game of fetch or short walk can make a big difference for your dog.
Do you have questions about keeping your dog happy and healthy? The veterinarians at Horizon Animal Hospital are here to help. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic in Scottsdale by calling (480) 614-9500.