Why Exercise with your Dog?
Dogs can be a Great Motivator!
Losing weight can be hard for anyone, regardless of being two legged or four legged. Trying to get motivated can be challenging, however owning a dog might be the key! You’ll never find anyone other than your dog that will love exercise more. A dog is always ready to go! A dog never cancels on you last minute or complains about the weather. And their enthusiasm can be contagious. According to Rebecca Johnson PhD., an associate professor at the University of Missouri, when you interact with a dog, endorphins rise and stress levels fall. We get that “warm feeling” inside us, making exercising our dogs actually enjoyable. Another study done in Australia found that dog owners felt more resilient to exercise barriers such as busy work schedule or social life and more confident that they could find time for exercise regardless of other commitments.
Exercising with Our dogs is Effective!
Not only is working out with our dogs enjoyable, its effective. Studies are now showing that people that work out with their dogs lose weight quicker. Shedding pounds might be easier than you originally thought. Studies show that canine owners are more likely to exercise regularly and to be fitter and healthier than their pooch free peers.
Losing weight can add years to your life and your Pets life. We are now just learning how serious and threatening a few extra pounds can be for both human and critter companion. It’s amazing how as few as five pounds above your dogs’ ideal weight can put them at risk for developing some serious medical conditions. When a dog is overweight and or obese it not a matter of when but a matter of when/how severe a dog gets a disease. To read more on Canine Obesity, click HERE. Exercising for both dogs and humans has the following benefits,
- Improves Muscle tone
- Helps Prevent Obesity
- Strengthens the bones
- Improves sleep patterns
- Improves mood
- Provides mood stabilizing benefits
- Increases lifespan
Build a Bond between Canine & Family Members
Exercising with our dogs allows for dog and family to hang out and spend time together, working as a team. This allows for an opportunity to build better bonds with their dog that is priceless.
A tired dog is a Well-Behaved Dog
Making sure our dogs get enough exercise each day is an effective way to prevent dogs from developing and engaging in destructive or hyper behaviors. A tired dog is not only a happy dog, but a tired back is a well-behaved dog.
Dogs can be like children. If you don’t give them something constructive to do with their energy, they’ll find something to do on their own and you may not like it. Some of the most common behavior problems seen in dogs who don’t get enough exercise and play are;
- Destructive chewing, digging or scratching
- Investigative behaviors, like garbage raiding
- Hyperactivity, excitability and night time activity
- Unruliness, knocking over furniture
- Jumping on people
- Excessive predatory and social play
- Play biting & rough play
- Attention getting behaviors like barking & whining
Typically exercising with your dog gets you out of the house and allows for a social event for both you and your dog! Get out and meet new people, while exposing your dogs to new adventures.
Beat the Canadian Weather
Although some of our classes are outside, most are in the comforts of the Woofs n Wags building, which is heated in the wintertime and cooled in the summertime. These classes are great for when the weather is at its extremes and you need to exercise your dog.