Evaluation: Did your Terrier dig into your sofa in an effort to apprehend a phantom rodent? Has your Labrador forced you to construct a bear-proof garbage can, because they routinely raid it for buried treasure? Does your Border Collie get a little too rough in rough house play?
Yes? Yes? Yes?
Diagnosis: Naughty Dog Syndrome
Recommended treatment: Dog Exercise As Medicine For Behavioral Problems
The Truth About Behavior Problems
Dogs need physical exercise and mental stimulation. The truth is, most dogs don’t get enough of either. The common result is behavior problems. The solution is really quite simple: increase your dog’s physical and mental activities. A tired dog is a good dog!
Wait! I’m Not Exactly An Olympic Athlete!
Don’t worry! You don’t need to be a marathon runner to give your dog the exercise they so badly need. You simply need the right tools for the job.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We recommend a healthy, fit lifestyle for you, too. However, keeping your canine companion fit and strong can be much less strenuous than you might think. Check out Ms. Dickerson giving her best friends a full body workout in the comfort of her home.
Full Body Workouts
A strong core is the key to a strong and active body. When the body shifts to balance itself on an unstable surface, the core and other muscle groups are strengthened and conditioned. That strength is what powers the body through physical and mental activity that dogs need.
Remember to always check with your veterinarian before starting any exercise routine with your dog.
The FitPAWS® Peanut is specifically designed for a dog’s body and tough enough to withstand their nails. For a list of dog exercises on the Peanut see our blog post “Can Your Dog Do This?”.
Look too easy? Well then, try those same exercises on the FitPAWS® Egg. The Egg offers more of a balance challenge and can really get the heart pumping.
Bored dogs are unhappy dogs. To treat that condition, try offering activities and games that are mentally stimulating.
All the FitPAWS® products offer a mental challenge in addition to the physical challenge. This is especially true for the FitPAWS® Paw Pods. Check out the “5 Balance Stone Challenges” infographic for ideas using the Paw Pods.
The FitPAWS® Targets can be used alone or added to other pieces of equipment, such as on top of the FitPAWS® Peanut or the FitPAWS® Donut.
Target training really challenges dogs’ minds. With the Targets, you can satisfy your dog’s need to keep learning.
Dog Exercise Gym
Canine gyms are popping up all over. You can train your dogs indoors during these hot summer months and during those freezing winter days just ahead. Your dogs get the physical exercise and mental stimulation they need to keep them happy, healthy and naughty-free.
Find a canine gym near you that uses FitPAWS® Canine Conditioning Equipment, or build your own. Let our specialists help you choose the equipment that’s right for you and your canine companions.
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