Depending on the breed and age of your dog, they need varying amounts of exercise in order to maintain their health. According to PetMD dogs that aren’t getting enough exercise may experience problems including:
- Weight gain (which can lead to obesity over time)
- Stiffness of the joints and muscle
- Muscle atrophy (if exercise deficiency continues for extended periods)
Here are some tips to determine if your dog is getting enough exercise:
- Start by understanding your dog’s exercise needs - which vary by age and breed. The UK kennel club has detailed, breed-specific, information on their website that we find to be very useful (be warned, your dog probably needs more exercise than you think).
- Look for signs like constant rough play, tugging & pulling when on-leash and destructive chewing. This behavior may mean your dog isn’t getting enough exercise.
- Get a smart dog collar. Many smart collars have activity monitors and easy-to-use mobile apps to help you keep track of your dog’s activity.
- Regularly examine your dog’s body condition. PetMD has a great tutorial to show you how.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Obesity is an expensive and, sometimes deadly disease. The best way to prevent it is to give your dog plenty of exercise and make sure you are feeding them the proper amount of calories.
Unfortunately, the feeding instructions provided by most pet food companies only tell you how much to feed an "average" dog getting the required amount of exercise, not your specific dog. So check your dog’s body condition on a regular basis and adjust the amount you feed accordingly. Alternatively, you can feed a food like COAST+RANGE because we provide a customized feeding recommendation custom-tailored to your dog’s unique needs.