The best way to exercise with your dog is to set a “date” between the two of you. While playing with your pet in any way is good, dogs benefit most from a prearranged occasion.
“Running around the yard is okay, but it’s better to have a structured activity where your pet is constantly moving,” said Davidson. “This structure can also help with your dog’s behavioral problems, such as chewing and barking, because you are giving them an outlet to expend surplus energy and spend time with you.”
It is also important to be patient with your pet. When starting a new activity or sport, gradually build the time spent doing these activities.
“If the dog is sedentary and you expect it to run for several miles, or play vigorously for 30 minutes, injury may result if the dog is not physically conditioned for the sport or activity,” Davidson said.
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