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Keeping your pooch healthy is good for you
When considering whether to get a dog, many owners question how much time they will have to spend outside with their new companion, running, playing and exercising. The answer is plenty. Although the amount of exercise needed varies from dog to dog, all dogs, no matter the breed, need at least one walk each day. It is nice to imagine your new pooch climbing up its dog steps to cuddle with you on the couch all the time, but that won't happen until you both get up and get moving.
There is really no need to think of this as a bad thing, however. Many people even get dogs as a way to get active and moving. A National Institute of Health study found that dog owners who regularly walked their dogs were more physically active and less likely to be obese than those who didn't own or walk a dog. Older people who walked their dogs also showed greater mobility inside their homes than the other participants in the study.
Walking has the same health benefits for your four-legged friend. Exercise helps keep the dog's heart healthy, its joints strong and its weight down. In addition, it helps a dog behave better in the house. There is a saying that "a tired dog is a good dog." Many dog trainers may even call this a tenet of dog behavior. If dogs aren't given something to do to burn their energy, they will find something else to do – whether digging through your trash or chewing on your shoes.
Although most breeds need at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day, some prefer less and some absolutely need more. The best way to choose which dog is best for you is to do some breed research and talk with the staff at an animal shelter to determine whether you will be able to meet a dog's exercise needs. Before adopting, make sure you stock up on pet supplies like a Flexi Retractable Leash and treats like PureBites and Greenies for dogs. Having the right supplies and a little positive reinforcement will make walks with your dog pleasant for both of you.