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Exercise Benefits

The following tip has been adapted from the article, The Many Benefits of Exercise and Play from Your Dog newsletter (published by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine):

Daily exercise sessions benefit you and your dog. Exercise needs vary depending on the breed, age and individual traits of the dog. But it's a good idea to play catch, Frisbee or other games, and take your dog for 30-minute walks each day.

* Sufficient exercise helps reduce or eliminate common behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity. Dogs need physical and mental stimulation each day.

* Exercise helps prevent boredom and channels the dog's energy in a productive, acceptable direction.

* Exercise helps keep pets healthy, agile and limber.

* It reduces the incidence of digestive problems and constipation.

* It helps prevent depression.

* It's a good way to help a timid or fearful dog build confidence and trust.

* Exercise promotes healthy rest. A well-exercised dog will be sleepy instead of restless when it's time to relax or go to bed.

* And exercise is key to weight control.

A good website about canine exercise: www.dog-play.com

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Last Updated: April 26, 2018 (LET) PawSupport