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Is your exercise routine with your dog actually helping them?

We have all seen that guy, thirty-something, maybe forty, on the slow end of the leash. He’s huffing along, mile fourteen, being towed by his sporting dog who could double as an Iditarod leader. This might be his sixth run this week after he put in fifty hours at the office.

Exercise is important.

Unrestricted running, sniffing, hiking in open spaces is needed. Dogs come from dogs who did just that, moved from one open space to another, searching for food to meet their caloric needs.

Unrestricted running, sniffing, hiking in open spaces is needed. Dogs come from dogs who did just that, moved from one open space to another, searching for food to meet their caloric needs.

What are your goals for exercise with your dog? 

Is it pure exhaustion?

Because I have bad news for you.

What you’re doing is conditioning an athlete.

Hear me out.

First, it’s fairly innocent, 15-30 minutes of chuck-it fetch play. But pretty quickly that’s not enough, he still wants to play!

Then it’s 45 minutes. That works for a while, but then it’s still not enough and he’s still jonesing for that ball and you need to get to the park at least 6 times a week or you can kiss your blinds goodbye, he’s on to find other things to keep him busy.

Then it’s an hour and a half, then it’s taking your three hours to “wear your dog out.”

Do you see what’s happening here, is this the right kind of exercise?

Exhaustion should not be the primary goal of exercise.

We want to be satisfied, not satisfried.

The same could be said for people who need to jog/run with their high energy dog. If that’s the *only* kind of energy outlet given to the dog then is it really performing the function we want it to?

We want to be satisfied, not satisfried.

The same could be said for people who need to jog/run with their high energy dog. If that’s the *only* kind of energy outlet given to the dog then is it really performing the function we want it to?

What can we do? 

What if instead, or in addition to just plain exercise we used the other tools we know about.

Slow feeding bowls, enrichment games, kibble dispensers, snuffle balls.

Maybe we enter in some trick training, or nosework or barn hunt or basic obedience training.

Maybe we participate Do More With Your Dog contests or join an online canine core fitness course.

What if we saved exercise time for decompression, either off leash or on a harness long line walks.

We can definitely throw in fetch, or run with our dogs, absolutely, but if it’s the only thing you are doing and the only expectation is the dog flops down in exhaustion, then you’re just conditioning an Olympic athlete.

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