Owning a dog is a wonderful way to enhance many aspects of your life. For instance, if you like to run, it means you'll always have a running buddy! Exercising with your dog has mental and physical benefits for both of you. It helps promote a healthy lifestyle and also strengthens the bond between you two. Here are five reasons to exercise with your dog:
1. To Promote Physical Health
Running is a great form of physical exercise for your dog. It works different muscles, helps maintains an ideal weight and helps promote healthy and strong heart and lungs. Studies have shown that, in general, the more active a dog is the longer he or she is expected to live.
Pro Tip: Most dogs need to burn some amount of energy and running is a great way to do this. How often and how long you'll need to run your dog will depend on the breed.
2. To Promote Mental Health
According to studies, humans and canines alike get mental health benefits from an active lifestyle. It can reduce stress and anxiety as well as provide stimulation by introducing and exposing your dog to new sights, sounds and smells. It can also provides socialization if you run where there are other dogs and people.
3. To Reduce Problematic Behaviors
If dogs are not properly exercised, their extra energy can turn into problematic behaviors, such as destructiveness or aggression. Running with your dog is an effective way for him or her to expend energy in positive ways and reduce boredom. It can lead to less jumping, barking, chewing, scratching, digging and other problem behaviors. In addition, dogs that run or exercise regularly are more likely to be calm.
4. To Reduce Separation Anxiety
Some dogs have separation anxiety, which can range from mild to moderate to severe. Most people will have to leave their pups during the day, whether it's for a long time (like your 9-to-5 job) or for short periods (like running errands). The exercise your dog gets from running with you can help with their separation anxiety and make it easier to cope when you're gone.
5. To Establish A Routine
It's pretty well-known that dogs like routine, but creating one for yourself can be difficult. Running with your dog regularly can help establish a routine because not only will your dog look forward to it, he or she will keep you on target. Dogs are very good at reminding us when we're behind schedule, whether your late to mealtime, taking them out to bathroom or when it's time for your run. Studies have shown that people who run with their dogs are more likely to be consistent with their routine.