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  • Dogs Who Run Benefit in These 6 Scientifically Proven Ways

    Posted April 22, 2018 By in Benefits of running your dog, Guest Bloggers With | No Comments

     

    Exercise is important for your dog.  You hear it all the time.  Ever wonder what the facts are behind this statement?  Taking six common benefits from running, we have compiled the scientific studies that proves these benefits are real.  From walking excursions to running programs, Denver Dog Joggers is looking out for your pup, body and mind, now backed with science:

    1. Exercise is a key habit for a trim figure:

    Being overweight has the same effect on dogs as it has on humans.  A shorter lifespan, increased risk for some diseases, and difficulty moving in general.  A study published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal found that even dogs who were severely obese were able to lose about 19% of their body weight over three months, with only mild exercise and a controlled diet1.  While starting out slow, exercise was increased over time as increased activity became easier.  This weight loss allowed them a better quality of life and reduced health risks.

    Even if your pet has had a few extra-fluffy months, they can quickly come back to a healthy weight when signed up for our Leisurely or Fast-Paced Walking services that are combined with a vet recommended diet.

    1. Continued socialization, through exercise, for a calm dog:

    Socialization is key to having a happy, well-adjusted pet.  While those formative puppy months are the best time to expose your pup to new experiences, continued socialization is also important.  While exercising with our pet professionals your dog is being exposed to new sights and smells while staying fit, reinforcing your early socialization efforts.  This is important as researchers studying the relationship between exercise and anxiety in dogs found that dogs who received daily exercise were also less sensitive to noises and had less separation anxiety3.  Not only will your dog be physically in shape, they will be more mentally fit as well. 

    1. Exercise reduces the likelihood of behavioral problems:

    Related to the importance for continued socialization are the findings of a survey covering twelve different shelters over the reasons for surrendering pets.  The study revealed behavioral reasons as the number one reason for dog surrender3.  While training and behavior management starts and ends with owner involvement, it is helped along significantly by the knowledgeable staff at Denver Dog Joggers.  A mentally engaged and physically exhausted dog will be readier to focus on training when at home. 

    1. Heart health for overall wellbeing:

    Not just mentally healthier, dogs who exercise are also more likely to have healthier hearts.  A study in Circulation Research found that dogs who frequently exercised two hours per day had more effective vasodilation than dogs who did not exercise4.  Overall, this led to better cardiovascular health.  Separate from the benefits of weight loss in overweight dogs, cardiovascular health makes physical activity easier and improves their overall welfare in multiple ways.

    1. Proactive exercise is the best way to prevent future injuries:

    Does your dog have a previous sports injury from an overly athletic leap?  That doesn’t mean you need to slow them down for long.  A study published in the American Journal of Physiology over the effect of exercise in dogs with either healthy or repaired Medial Collateral Ligaments found that, in both groups, dogs who exercised had increased ligament strength and higher collagen levels than those who did not5.  This means that dogs getting consistent exercise are less likely to get future ligament injuries.  For dogs who have had their ligament repaired and are fully recovered, the best treatment is to get out and start running again.

     

    1. A hardier immune system with regular exercise:

    Along with overall better health, vets recommend a regular exercise routine as it can contribute to a robust immune system6.  Along with a healthy diet, exercise boosts a healthy immune response by regulating fat levels and encouraging healthy hormone production.  This reduces the bodies inflammatory response and how often your dog gets sick.  Especially important in older dogs, a strong immune system can make everything from respiratory illnesses to some cancers less likely.

    Have you seen a difference in your dog since they have started exercising regularly?  Let us know in the comments whether your pup has a new spring in their step now that they are enjoying our professional service!

    By Lauren Pescarus

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    References:

    1Chauvet, A., Laclair, J., Elliot, D., & German, A. (2011). Incorporation of exercise, using an underwater treadmill, and active client education into a weight management program for obese dogs. The Canadian Veterinary Journal,491-496. Retrieved April 5, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3077998/.

    6Fitzsimmons, P. (n.d.). Natural Ways to Improve Your Dog’s Immune System. Retrieved April 05, 2018, from https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/natural-ways-improve-your-dogs-immune-system

    3Salman, M. D., Hutchison, J., Ruch-Gallie, R., Kogan, L., New, J. C., Kass, P. H., & Scarlett, J. M. (2000). Behavioral Reasons for Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats to 12 Shelters. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science,3(2), 93-106. doi:10.1207/s15327604jaws0302_2

    2Tiira, K., & Lohi, H. (2015). Early Life Experiences and Exercise Associate with Canine Anxieties. Plos One,10(11). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141907

    5Tipton, C., James, S., Mergner, W., & Tcheng, T. (1970). Influence of exercise on strength of medial collateral knee ligaments of dogs. American Journal of Physiology-Legacy Content,218(3), 894-902. doi:10.1152/ajplegacy.1970.218.3.894

    4Wang, J., Wolin, M. S., & Hintze, T. H. (1993). Chronic exercise enhances endothelium-mediated dilation of epicardial coronary artery in conscious dogs. Circulation Research,73(5), 829-838. doi:10.1161/01.res.73.5.829

     

     

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