Daily Exercise for You and Your Dog

One of the best things you can do for your dog’s health is to make sure he’s getting exercise. This will not only improve his physical health, but also his disposition.

Daily exercise time is prime bonding time for the two of you. And exercise can often eliminate problem behaviors that can be traced back to boredom or pent-up energy. If you want to teach your dog tricks or obedience skills, start your session with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise followed by a brief training session. Exercise will help calm your dog and allow him to focus on what you’re trying to teach him.

One of the best benefits of exercising your dog is that it also exercises you. Start small, if you must. Your dog will appreciate every moment you spend exercising him, and the joy you see on his face will probably make you want to exercise him even more. And that’s good for both of you.

So as spring approaches, make sure your dog is on the right diet, cut back on treats, eliminate table scraps and make time for exercise. All of these ideas can help your dog (and you) get in shape for the beautiful weather ahead.

Source material for this blog article was provided by Purina Mills, Inc. © 2008

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