How much serious thought have you given to dog fitness? If you’re like many dog enthusiasts, you may believe that your dog is doing just fine managing things for himself, but the fact is that many dogs could benefit from a little active fitness management on the part of their caretakers.

Just like their human counterparts, dogs need a fitness regimen to keep them on the path to good health. The key in any dog fitness regimen is you. As the owner, it is up to you to set the routine, find the motivation and get out there and exercise with your dog.

Far outweighing the inconvenience of committing time and effort to achieve physical fitness, the rewards of being physically fit, for man and dog, will last a lifetime.  And those rewards can actually be felt physically and emotionally.  Deep inside every canine brain there exists a structure called the Hypothalamus.  That’s where nerve impulses of happiness and pleasure set the dog’s tail into motion, crank up the heart and breathing rate, and propel the dog into all sorts of body language that signals excitement and enthusiasm for whatever wonderful thing is about to happen.  And since all dogs are born to run, anticipation of an exercise session really sets it off.

Experienced dog trainers understand that when it comes to dogs, an inadequate amount of exercise can result in behavior problems. “The primary outgrowth of keeping your dog physically fit will be a substantially improved quality of life throughout the aging process,” cites Laura Pakis, owner of Acme Canine.  And when old age does come knocking, your dog will be much better equipped to continue to be mobile, alert and enthusiastic throughout the day.  When thinking of how physical fitness impacts your dog, “quality of life” are the key words.  Fitness and exercise have the same beneficial effects in the dog as they do in the human.  It helps to keep unwanted weight off the dog and improves the overall physical health.  One of the most important benefits that exercise has on the dog is the positive effect on its psychological well-being.  And sedentary canines have a much higher risk of health and medical problems than active dogs.

So why not start the new year with an exercise program that includes your dog.  Acme Canine has several booklets for sale on this and other topics.  Check out their square marketplace or visit us at your Lewis Center location.


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