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Exercise the most important part of your dogs Life

The perfect exercise for your dog

Engaging in physical exercise triggers a chain of chemical reactions in the body and brain that promote a feeling of calm. The mechanism works in essentially the same way in both dogs and people.Have you ever noticed how relaxed your dog is after a long walk?

Achieving that calm, relaxed state is important, and doubly so for anxious, fearful, ‘hyperactive or aggressive dogs. How much exercise your dog needs depends on his breed, size, age, and physical condition.

Most healthy adolescent Labrador Retrievers, for example, would benefit from at least an hour of exercise a day. If your dog is not accustomed to regular exercise, start slowly. Build duration and intensity gradually, and don’t count on your dog to tell you when he is tired.


Daily walks allow for not only physical exertion, but mental stimulation in the form of stimulating scents. Sniffing where other dogs have left their marks is like reading a community bulletin board: Hmm, an adolescent male has moved into the neighborhood. Aah, Fifi was here!

These daily outings provide a great excuse for you to get out and exercise as well.


Like walks, but in a fabulous doggy amusement park! Hikes provide the opportunity to romp over dirt trails and play among shady trees, checking out natural scents along the way. Keep initial outings brief, and tailor hikes to your dog’s comfort level and physical capabilities.

Follow posted rules and always be aware of your surroundings. If your dog is fearful or reactive with other dogs or people, keep him on leash and hike when you are less likely to encounter others. Plan outings when the weather is cool, and always bring along water for both of you.

Outdoor Play:

If your dog will retrieve, toss a ball or favourite fetch toy in your back garden. If your dog is reliable off-leash (he will come every time you call) and is dog-friendly, playing with other dogs at the park is a great form of exercise. (Monitor all interactions; not all other dogs are friendly.)

If you’re lucky enough to have a lake (check for warning signs first) nearby, let your dog swim! Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise, and strengthens muscles without stressing joints (especially good for dogs with arthritis or other joint-related conditions).

Assuming good physical health, other aerobic options include jogging with your dog, or having him run alongside a bicycle. Consider dog sports such as agility, Fly ball.

Indoor Exercise:

Fetch is great indoor game if you have the space. And don’t forget recreational chewing! It provides exercise for your dog’s jaws, is an excellent outlet for excess energy, and has the important benefit of being a canine stress-reliever.

Appropriate chew toys should always be available.

Exercise is the key to a calm dog and a calm dog is the key to you enjoying them. Remember Cool, Calm & Canine give your dog what they need first and then take what you need which is love and affection.