“We have a great backyard! Plenty of room for the dogs, kids, us…it’s awesome! There’s a fence so Spot is secure…a great place for him to just run around and chill when he wants too, which is fantastic because he can get his exercise out in the backyard.” What’s missing? Planned and deliberate exercise, e.g., leash walks, leashed bike runs or off-leash running!
After the walk or run, it’s also a good idea to incorporate some breed exercises in your dog’s energy-reduction schedule. A couple of breed exercise examples are as follows:
Additional notes … dogs are followers by nature. They need leaders and if no one steps up to take the lead, they will out of necessity. As their Pack Leader, they look to you to take care of their needs and establish boundaries, which also include exercising them.
Your dog’s need for exercise isn’t optional but rather a necessity.
Remember, a dog’s “energy tank” registers full every day for a fresh start! What does your dog’s energy tank read today?