Couch potato + exercise = healthier life

 
By Susan Aiello • Published: May 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves
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As the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog. Regular exercise provides physical and mental stimulation for your canine friend, preventing boredom and reducing bad habits such as barking, digging and destructive chewing.

Thirty-minute walks once or twice a day are also a great way for both you and your dog to stay in shape. Running or jogging can be good too, but check with your veterinarian first to make sure your pup is healthy enough for strenuous activity.

During hot months, schedule walks for early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler and take water for drink breaks. Try to walk your canine companion on the grass to cushion joints and prevent hot summer roads and sidewalks from burning sensitive paws.

So for a healthier and happier relationship with your pet, keep the exercise up and the snacking down. You’ll both benefit.