Dogs, just like humans, need physical activity and mental stimulation in order to be healthy. Sometimes we forget that our dogs want to contribute and feel useful too. It may appear that they are completely content being the couch potato of the house, but that’s simply not the case. Dogs need to be active, and when they’re not, their health can suffer. Take a look at Obie, the obese dachshund, for an extreme example:[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]In this video, Obie weighs in at a whopping 77 lbs! That’s a lot of dachshund if you ask me. Know how he got there? Obviously overeating but also consistent inactivity. And while Obie still might be cute, obesity can have a number of long-term effects on your dog’s health including risk of diabetes, respiratory problems, and arthritis. Obesity isn’t the only problem an inactive dog can face though.[/highlight]
Destructive Behavior[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]How many times have you come home only to find your trash all over the kitchen floor or a pair of your favorite shoes chewed up? This type of destructive behavior may be a sign that your dog is not getting enough exercise. Dogs are naturally investigative. When they don’t get regular opportunities to play and explore they may resort to things like chewing, digging, and scratching.[/highlight]
Hyperactivity[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]Does it seem like your dog is most awake when you are trying to sleep? Dogs need appropriate opportunities to release some of their energy. An overly hyperactive dog may be one that is lacking proper physical activity and mental stimulation.[/highlight]
Other Problems:[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]- Unruliness such as jumping or knocking things over
– Rough play or biting
– Excessive whining or barking[/highlight]
Regular physical and mental activity is crucial to your dog’s overall health. Don’t let your dog become an Obie! Check out our guide for quick and easy activities to keep your dog happy and healthy.