Welcome to Lesson 7

Let’s Talk About Exercise!

This lesson is about you, your dog and exercise. It’s a quick, but extremely important lesson and one you must follow.

Getting exercise right is the key to a happy, healthy dog.  And it really is THE key to you choosing the right one.

If you get a dog which needs more exercise than you can give, you will get problems.  The dog will get bored, frustrated and have to find ways of dealing with its energy.  Problems such as:

  1. Excessive barking inside and outdoors – which will seriously annoy your neighbours and could have you slapped with a lawsuit for noise nuisance
  2. Chewing and destructive behaviour in the house – which means spending money on new rugs, furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, tables, wardrobes, iPads, DVDs and anything remotely chewable
  3. Digging up the garden, or turning it into a muddy racetrack – which means replacing plants, trees, grass and fencing all at extra cost
  4. Soiling the house – some dogs if not given enough exercise and attention can do this simply as a ‘dirty protest’ leading to extra bills for cleaning, not to mention the mess
  5. Bad lead manners and behaviour when out walking – a dog which has pent up energy can simply launch itself out of the door, dragging you in its wake, barking at everything and making you want to walk it less, which simply turns into a horrible vicious cycle.

Most people think if they have a problem dog then a dog training book, dog trainer or dog behaviourist is the answer.  Well it’s my experience – and that of most dog trainers I’ve come across – that a nuisance dog is not being given enough exercise and stimulation. And most dog trainers start by re-training the owners to give the dog the exercise it really needs, or think carefully about whether they should still own the dog.

What is enough exercise?  That depends on the dog!  That’s not an evasive answer, it’s simply the truth.  Even pure bred puppies from the same litter can require different amounts of exercise.  Mixed breeds (e.g. from rescue centres, or the more fashionable ‘designer dogs’ as they are called) can vary even more, depending on what’s in the mix.

Some pure breeds have extreme distance endurance and are only suited for their original working life.  The bottom line is you need to be brutally honest about the minimum daily time you will put aside for exercise.  If you have more on some days, that’s great because your dog will enjoy the longer walks too.

Yes I said ‘put aside’.  It’s about choosing not to stay in and watch TV on wet evenings. It is about getting up earlier to get a walk in before breakfast.

Any dog that needs more exercise than your absolute minimum available is not the dog for you, no matter how cute, adorable or handsome it looks.

If your answer is half an hour a day or less of total time for exercise, do not get a dog.

Lesson 7 coursework

Decide exactly how much time you will put aside to take your dog on a walk twice a day.  That’s once in the morning and once in the evening.

Remember, this lesson is part of your free course booklet which you receive at the end of this course

Look out for Lesson 8 in your e-mails.

Bev x

 

P.S.  Many of the dog breed profiles on the internet under-estimate the exercise needed. As this is possibly the single most important aspect of life with your dog,  The Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Dog will be accurate and honest. To be told when it’s ready, just put your name here

 

 

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