Is Your Dog A Couch Potato?
Benefits of Exercise for Dogs
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Dove is not alone in the belief that pets, as a whole, need more interaction and activity.
Specifically as it relates to dogs, ASPCA believes the primary activity mode for most modern dogs today is “couch potato.” Dogs no longer have to earn their keep as they once did. Instead, ASPCA proclaims, dogs have been forced to adjust to our more sedentary lifestyles. “They get their food for free in a bowl and are often confined, alone and inactive, for most of the day. This lack of purpose leaves dogs no outlet for their naturally active tendencies — physical and mental — and it contributes to the development of behavior problems,” ASPCA states in its Virtual Pet Behaviorist column. Surely, some of the same can be said for domesticated cats as well.
Pets need a daily regimen of interaction and physical activity. “Just as with humans, exercise and fitness for dogs brings about many benefits,” says Dove owner of Olde Town Pet Resort.
Reduction of anxiety-based bad behaviors
Weight loss or weight maintenance
Peace and happiness for dogs and owners