Anyone who has ever been a parent of a toddler, babysat one or spent any amount of time with one will know that if they do not expel some of their energy through some serious movement and activity, they could end up being a very unpleasant companion after a while. The same can be said for dogs. They need the stimulation of getting regular exercise to keep them feeling mentally well; otherwise, they could end up expressing themselves in ways that could really push the friendship.
If you weren’t aware of it already, some news that might be surprising to you is that canines are actually descended from wolves. So, in essence, our domesticated dogs that live in our homes with us are actually domesticated wolves. When we think about a wolf, we have an image of a wild creature that enjoys roaming free, exploring its surroundings, hunting and spending time with the other members of its pack.
When we remember its genetic roots of being a descendant of the wolf family, we can understand how the domesticated dog of today still requires a large degree of stimulation to keep it happy and to enjoy life. For most dogs, their life consists of spending a good portion of their time between four walls, the boundaries of the garden and house where they reside. Although there is often stimulating happenings going on within these areas through the humans whom they reside with, as well as the other small animals that come to visit every now and then, they can certainly do with regular opportunities for a little more.
When dogs get out exercising they do a lot more than what we do, as well as getting the opportunity to use their powerful muscles for running, jumping and physical exertion, they also use their powerful sense of smell to enjoy the smell-scapes that exists in the world outside of the fence. If you as their human owner find that you are unable to accommodate daily exercise out of the fence, be sure to spend time with them throwing a ball, stick or other toy so that they can be stimulated within their home area, to ensure that they do not get bored and start tearing up the place.
Another important part of exercise for dogs is the socialisation that they enjoy when they are out exploring the world with you. All those smells that they stop to sniff and the small spurts of wee that they put on as many poles as they can manage are all their way of communicating with each other, even when they are not in the same area at the same time. As we know, when dogs happen to see each other in person, their excitement is palpable because they are very sociable animals and really love the opportunity to pass the time of day with other members of their species.
All of these factors, if taken into consideration and given the attention that they are due, will contribute to a dog that enjoys good mental health, which, in turn, leads to a happier owner, so it is definitely worth exercising your dog regularly. At Durack Pet Motel, we take all of these factors into consideration when we have dogs come and stay with us, so they can be as happy here as they possibly can be.