1. Health Issues
Regular exercise will certainly keep all pets healthy, active and limber. Like us, pets have muscles that need to be used and cardio will also make their heart stronger and joints well lubricated. We so often see pets around us with obesity and lethargy issues. A blatant sign of lack of exercise. Extra weight will lead to issues with their joints and will open a gateway to many more health problems. The main cause for a pet fussing over food is lack of exercise and over feeding. They can’t take themselves to the gym, and they are dependent on you for that. Don’t let them down!
2. Behavioural issues
Your pet needs to burn out the excess energy and exercise is the only key to that. For example, we all have seen dogs that bark unnecessarily or dig compulsively or excessive licking, even anxiety-based biting. This is all due to excess energy not spent, and lack of socialising. The walks we take our pets on, is their Facebook, twitter, Instagram and tea-with-friends time. They smell, sniff, get greeted by other pets and their humans and get accustomed to touch and sounds. This way they develop social skills, learn right behaviour and learn to interact right with other pets and humans. They get comfortable with their surroundings. A well socialised pet is more stable, less anxious, well-adjusted and a delight for all. Most behavioural issues can be tackled with right amount of exercise and social interaction. Being a pet mommy since a very young age, I strongly recommend at least one walk, outdoors, every day, from the day you get the pet home.
3. Keeps their brain healthy
A well-known fact, a well-used brain is a healthy brain. Since pets can’t sit with sudoku, exercise for their brains is a must. The exposure they get on walks does wonders for them. Every smell, sound or command gives their mind a mini-workout. Just like us, every exercise session, gives them an endorphin rush, which gives them an instant high and makes them very happy. A happy pet is less anxious, less destructive and very social. Not just physical exercise, a few mind games are also important. Dog or cat appropriate puzzles are available in the market. Your pet store person can help.
4. Better bond with the Pet-parent
When you exercise your pet daily, you are giving them your time and attention. Your pet will know that and value that. The walks and exercise will help you gain their trust and confidence and many years of true companionship and unchallenged loyalty! It will make training them, correcting them and outings with them, not just a lot easier but absolutely delightful.
Regular exercise routine is not just good for your pet, but it’s good for you too. Kill two birds with one stone and get that little cardio in. Consult your vet for the kind and amount of exercise your pet needs.
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Keep Them Active. Energy varies between breeds, says Dr. Becker. “Greyhounds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, Border Collies, and other active breeds have unfathomable energy.” He continues, “wolves spend 80% of their time awake, moving. With cats, there’s not such an exercise requirement,” but providing outlets for play at home is still crucial. For both cats and dogs he recommends food-dispensing that “recreates the hunt,” and puzzle feeders that engage your pet’s “body and mind.”
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