Signs Your Dog Isn't Getting Enough Exercise

Do you notice some changes in your dog? Maybe they are gaining weight or seem to be chewing up more items around the house. There are a lot of reasons for these and other changes in your dog. When it comes to exercise, some dog breeds need more than others. Some dogs like border collies, Dalmatians, fox terriers, and Boston terriers are high-energy dogs that need a large amount of exercise to keep them healthy. Alternatively, other dogs such as Basset hounds, Maltese, Saint Bernards, and Great Danes don't need as much exercise as other breeds. Of course, every dog breed needs some amount of exercise just as all humans require exercise.

Discover a few common signs your dog is not getting enough exercise now.

An Increase In Destructive Behavior


When your dog was a puppy, they probably chewed shoes, kids' toys, and empty paper towel rolls, along with many other things in your home. But, as your dog grew older, the chewing activity probably stopped or at least, decreased dramatically. Well, if your dog is chewing things or digging excessively in the backyard, it could be a sign they need more exercise. A bored dog will entertain themselves by chewing things in your home. If you've noticed more things have been chewed and destroyed in your home, a lack of exercise may be the reason. When you give your dog exercise, they burn off the excess energy they're trying to get rid of by chewing or digging. Try taking your dog out to a dog park or on a walk in your neighborhood every day for a few weeks. Then, take note of whether your canine is continuing their destructive activities. If the chewing has decreased, you may have found a solution to the issue.

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HealthPrep Staff