We all have a choice about how much exercise we get, even if you choose not to get any. Our fur babies do not get to make that choice, especially if you have a smaller yard or none.

Exercise not only lets dogs release their energy but also their bad behavior.  “Because exercise decreases anxiety overall, lack of exercise can contribute to anxiety-based conditions,” says Dr.Stephanie Borns-Weil. “More specifically, lack of exercise and mental stimulation can lead to attention-seeking and destructive behaviors.” It is also a tremendous help as your dog ages to keep them healthy. Exercise keeps their joints moving and strengthens supporting muscles. As we all know it is good to keep down the extra pounds.

Nobody wants to be bored and alone all the time and the same goes for our fluffy friends. Taking her to a dog park is a wonderful opportunity to socialize and have fun with other puppers and help you bond more. If you have a challenging time being available to leave the house, consider getting interactive toys that can get them moving so they know they have a fun activity to do while you are away. Mental stimulation is a necessity for good health.

Darla loves to catch the Frisbee

If you have a big playful dog like me some excellent toys are Kong brand. They have fillable holes for special treats. My dog Darla figured it out fast, so we fill them up with peanut butter and blueberries and stick it in the freezer until it is pretty firm. There are great puzzle toys for any size dog that will have them so occupied it will rival the amount of time you spend on candy breaking games!

The most important thing to remember is that if we want our pets to be happy, healthy, and behaved, they need the effort from us first. It is absolutely worth it when we get love and companionship as payment. So, take care of yourself and your loved ones.

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