People know that exercise is essential in maintaining health and wellness for humans, but often fail to realize the many benefits of exercise for dogs. Domestic dogs depend on humans for basic needs. Exercise becomes a basic need for dogs unable to roam at will. With many dogs living sedentary lives in urban settings or indoors, the importance of regular exercise is vital to healthy, happy animals. Why is exercise so important for dogs?

Exercise helps dogs maintain a healthy weight and improves quality of life. As in humans, maintaining a healthy body weight, muscle tone and bone strength in dogs requires physical activity and exercise. Pet parents are busy, often away from homes and pets for hours every day. When parents are away from home, dogs spend several hours dozing. Lazy days lead to dogs packing on unhealthy pounds and losing the strength and endurance vital to health in later years. Additionally, physical activity improves mood in humans and pets alike

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