THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXERCISE IN DOGS
There is no one who does not know the importance of regular exercise for people. routine physical activities; It is an important factor in reducing psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety by increasing one's self-esteem, as well as being effective in maintaining physical health. Did you know that exercise, which has such a role in our lives, is also extremely important for our dear friends, our dogs? The main reason for many problems experienced by dog owners in the process of raising their dogs; This is due to the fact that they do not tire their dogs physically and mentally enough. Exercise is necessary not only for physical fatigue, but also for mental fatigue. Dogs are no different from children. They always want to be busy with something, to explore. If you don't tire your dog enough, it will find a way to keep itself busy. Your friend, whom you complain about misbehaving or damaging the house, is just acting according to his instincts. What you need to know is: dogs are active animals; They weren't made to sleep in one corner of the house all day. Running, gnawing, digging, exploring new places are the natural needs of dogs. If we cannot fully meet these needs, it is inevitable that we will have problems with our dogs. What You Need to Know About Exercise in Dogs Exercise duration; It varies according to your dog's breed, age and health condition. While young and healthy dogs can handle longer and strenuous exercises; Dogs with advanced age or health problems such as heart and dysplasia need shorter-term physical activities and long-term mental activities. You can consult your veterinarian for the most appropriate exercise recommendation for your dog's age and health condition. Physical exercise alone is not enough for your dog to drain his energy. While your dog works his body, you also need to train his mind. Routine runs with your dog, new places you will discover, sports we will do together (agility, frisbee, swimming…), new tricks and brain teasers you will teach will greatly contribute to your dog's mental relaxation and making it a happier dog. Short walks around your home are not exercise. Since the same environment and the same smells will not tire your dog mentally, it will not prevent the problems you experience at home. If the only activity you can do is walking, I suggest you walk briskly for at least 1 hour without stopping. The treadmill is our dog's savior for weight and muscle control; However, studies have shown that dogs are not mentally satisfied with the treadmill, and if there is a behavioral problem, you can only solve it with outdoor activities and intelligence games. Almost 80% of the problems you have with your dog are caused by your dog not getting enough energy mentally and physically. If your dog has excessive barking, chewing on furniture, aggression and various behavioral disorders, you can overcome the problems by putting your dog's mind at ease with regular exercise and short training sessions. Some dog owners find that their home garden is enough for their dog to drain their energies; but what you need to know is that; Having a large garden alone is not enough to meet your dog's exercise needs. We cannot say that a dog that spends the whole day alone in the garden is very healthy psychologically if it is not walked and does not receive enough attention. The garden is an advantage if you can play games with your dog such as fetch and frisbee. It is not a place where your dog can have fun alone. The floor of the area where you will exercise your dog should be of a structure that will not harm your dog's health. Concrete floor is not suitable for long-term fetch games and frisbee. The pads under your dog's paws open from constant running and this is quite painful for dogs. Slippery floors, such as hardwood, are also not suitable for your dog to run. As your dog will slip while running, it may damage their joints. Exercising in a dirt or sand field is always healthier for your dog. For your dog's heart health and enjoyment of the exercise you do, take care to do your activities during the cooler hours of the day. In order for your dog to exercise comfortably and for a long time, it will be healthier if you do the exercise hours before the meal. Long, strenuous exercise with a full stomach can cause your dog to have a stomach ache.