Are you keeping your dog active enough?
If you have decided to bring home a dog, the activity level that the dog requires to remain physically and emotionally healthy should be one of your priorities. Having a dog that needs walking twice daily can somehow give those lazy adults the kind of physical exercise that for so many years, they have been taken for granted. Active dogs need active keepers, but if they have been matched with idle folks, a change of ways is badly needed - still, that can't be easily done. The dog will be the one to stomach the consequences of having a idle owner as he won't be able to get what he truly calls for in a regular open-air time since the owner is more likely to slacks off on walking.
The amount of daily activity that a dog needs is not the same as exercise. You should give your dog his required time to walk, run, jump and unwind for each day. Walking on a lead to a park or just around your neighborhood is also one way of doing this. You don't have to put your dog on a leash to let him relish the freedom of running and playing if you have a home with a fenced yard. Older adults who have their own problems with mobility limitations need to choose a dog that requires less daily physical activity.
Active dogs may find individuals who are fond of going outdoors to have fun or relax after a day's work to be ideal owners that are suitable for them. Meeting at the end of the day is what both the keeper and the dog gladly anticipates, since they will both enjoy the fun and freedom of running together or chasing each other around the park.
You should be conscious that the tendency to be more physically active goes with those dogs of larger sizes. Those dogs with the heritage of being working or hunting dogs can be sited as examples of these dogs. The desire of getting busy and working off their energy is just some of their built-in traits. Movement and agility are some of the inherent traits of dogs such as the German Shepherd, Greyhound, Doberman, Irish Setter and the Beagle, thus, it is natural for them to want some kind of exercise everyday.
Having an exceedingly large dog who can easily outweigh his owner such as the St. Bernard and Bull Mastiff doesn't mean that you have an active dog since size can actually fool you. Even though you see the St. Bernard in movies rescuing the lost skier, what you don't know is that to sleep in front of the fireplace is the physical activity that usually takes up most of the dog's time.
Small dogs like Poodles and Chihuahuas can live in small spaces and forgo the daily long walk in the park, but these dogs can be high in activity even just around your house because they have in them some high-strung temperaments which are already part of their breed. Granted, their activity may be running aimlessly around the room, jumping on your guests or bouncing on you, but once they're already out of energy, all they do is simply behave. That's the point where the little dogs crawl back on your lap or on their sumptuous pillow for a well-deserved nap to recharge.
There may seem like so much to know before buying a dog - and there is! By taking time to make a profile of the dog that best fits your living space, personality, and personal activity level, you'll have a better match for a lasting relationship.