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Dog Exercise to Prevent Obesity

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Everyone knows that exercise is good for your heart and your body.
Believe it or not, our pets need exercise to.
If you are a dog owner, you may think that walking your dog is enough exercise.
In fact, dogs need to walk, run, stretch and exercise their brains daily.
When we exercise our dogs, it gives them more energy and keeps their heart healthy.
Keeping their heart healthy daily will give your pet a fighting chance for a longer, healthy life.
Several studies have demonstrated that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners; they have fewer minor health problems and a higher one year survival rate relative to non-owners following coronary heart disease.
Pet owners also exercise more.
Children who own pets are more involved in activities such as sports, hobbies, clubs or chores.
Did you know that like humans, our pets are suffering from an epidemic of obesity? A recent report from the National Academy of Science shows that one in four pets is overweight or obese.
These numbers are bad for us too.
Estimates of obesity in the country are around 60%-- over half the population.
By exercising with your pet you are not only keeping yourself healthy, but you are keeping your pet healthy and happy.
Here are a few games you can play with your pet that are good for you both:
  • Tug of war with a rope
  • Take a camping trip
  • Go Swimming
  • Throw the ball and you both fetch it wherever it lands
  • Go jogging or running
  • Use your dog as a weight and bench press him (be careful)
  • Learn Pet yoga
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