The Benefits of Exercise

This chapter has emphasized the behavioral reasons to exercise your dog, but there are many health reasons as well. Your dog's weight gives you a big clue about whether or not he is getting enough exercise. Just like people, dogs who get exercise and keep their weight down are healthier and live longer.

Exercising your dog can have special benefits just for you. It will force you to take a break from the frantic rush of modern life. The time that my husband and I spend exercising our dogs together is often our only chance for uninterrupted conversation. Exercising your dog will encourage you to get exercise that you might not get otherwise. Even though you are tired when you get home from work, walking your dog may be just the thing you need to wind down and relax.

There is something special about the bond you form with your dog when you exercise together. You are meeting one of his most basic needs. You are not making demands on him like you are when you are training him. It is quality time. Exercising your dog is an expression of your love for him.

Participating in an obedience class can be beneficial and fun for both you and your dog.
Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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