It’s easy to arrive home from a long day at work and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night with your dog. Though, if you’re being honest with yourself, you really should get outside and play with your dog before you settle in for the night. If you’ve been at a desk all day and your dog has been in a crate, there’s tremendous value in taking the time to exercise with your dog. Even if you’ve had a dog walker from Rover.com take care of your dog during lunch, the benefits of scheduling time to exercise and play with your dog are invaluable.
Here are a few of the health and happiness rewards of regular exercise with your dog:
Reward #1: You’ll both sleep better
Take the time to unwind with your dog at the end of the night. Even if you’ve already met your exercise quota for the day at the gym, a walk with your dog before bed ensures a good night sleep for everyone. Enjoy 30 minutes of quiet time outside with your dog to shake off the stress of the day and have your dog release any pent-up energy. Whether it’s a game of fetch at the park or a walk to the dog park to run with the neighbor’s dogs, you’ll both enjoy a more relaxing evening after moving around.
Reward #2: You’ll both relieve tension and any built-up restlessness
When your dog is restless, there are plenty of antidotes that will relieve them but only one to satisfy you: exercise. If your dog is mindlessly chewing holes in your couch or digging holes in your yard, this is a sign that they aren’t getting enough exercise. Dogs and humans both need exercise to release built-up tension and energy. Determine your dog’s favorite kind of rigorous playtime activity. Is it a run in the morning with you or a game of tag in the park after work? Schedule exercise time before and after any long stretches of inactivity to prevent unwanted habits.
Reward #3: You’ll both enjoy bonding time together
Playtime is a treat for your dog, and you’ll get a big dose of doggie love in return. In addition to your regular exercise schedule, plan big adventures together. Get out for a hike in the woods over the weekend or a plan a neighborhood doggie play date. Exercising with your dog is also the perfect time to practice or implement training with him or her, and don’t forget the treats! If your dog gets excited when you grab the leash, you have developed a positive bond during your healthy exercise habits.
It’s important to have routine playtime with your dog. Not only will you be a happier dog owner, your pup will thank you!
Author: Written by Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.