Give A Bored Dog a New Leash of Life

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Bored Dogs Need Exercise

Take Me For A Walk

The Importance of Exercise

Does your dog chew, scratch or dig around the home? Whine, bark, or act manic? “Difficult” dogs are often just very bored…

We often say that dogs are just like humans. In some important respects they are: they are social, intelligent, curious and industrious. Without a chance to develop these qualities behaviour can become problematic – just like with some children.

Even more than with humans, one of the best ways to alleviate this behaviour is to exercise.

A Well-Exercised Dog Will:

Be healthier in general Learn to be more social Have a well-stimulated mind Be less restless and behave better at home

All It Takes….

You needn’t run a half-marathon together. All it takes to get the health benefits is a brisk, 30-minute walk everyday with adequate time for sniffs, recreation and toilet (your dog, not you!)

Short bursts of energy with regular stops are best – time off the leash and games of “fetch” are always appreciated. They also love socialising with other friendly dogs if possible.

A Few Precautions:

Only exercise in temperatures below 27C – early morning or late afternoon is good as dogs cannot regulate their body temperature as well as humans, and can get heat exhaustion

Avoid walking on hot surfaces – dogs can get blisters

Limit play and exercise time as over-exertion can end up injuring your pet – keep throws low and use a lead that fits properly around the shoulders.

Rather than your “problem pet” becoming the neighbourhood’s public enemy number one, making sure your dog gets a daily walk will ensure you are the star in everybody’s eyes – most importantly your dog’s!

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