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A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog


sleeping dogNot unlike humans, if dogs have too much time on their hands (paws) they are likely to get into trouble. Large breeds are especially likely to grow restless, bored, and anxious when they do not have enough physical activity throughout the day—that’s not to say you won’t find a smaller breed chewing on the leg of your favorite chair if she hasn’t had a walk. Of course, not all behavioral problems can be solved simply by adding more exercise into your dog’s routine, but all of the issues caused by boredom will be.

It may be cliché, but tired dogs are happy dogs. They crave activity, and when they don’t get enough, our dogs will start to act out. It can even be more sophisticated than that. When you take the time to exercise your dog, they feel loved and content, having plenty of attention from their owner. How can you work more exercise into your schedule? Here are a couple of ways to tire your dog out before he starts making trouble.


“Walk” is probably one of the words your dog has learned. When you say “walk” most dogs get excited. They know that they are going to get out of the house and have an adventure, even if it is only around the block. Walks are good for both you and your pet, and he will appreciate the time you spent with him. Whether you walk, jog, or run with Rover, taking just a half hour a day can give him enough exercise to tire him out. If you live in an apartment building or in a house without much yard, it is especially important to get your dog out and let him stretch his legs.

Dog Parks

Almost every town has a dog park. If you don’t know where yours is, look online. Even if you do not have a designated dog park, there is probably a park somewhere in town where dog owners gather to let their dogs play together. Not only will this help a growing dog learn how to interact with strangers and other dogs, it gives him plenty of time and space to run free. Just like any animal, dogs enjoy a little freedom, and when he’s done, he will be perfectly happy to take a nap and lounge around the house with you.


Even if you do not have time to take your dog out to the park every day, do make some time to play every day. Running, chasing toys, chasing you, and playing tug of war not only help you bond together and learn good behaviors, it keeps him healthy and happy. Properly exercising your dog isn’t about just tiring him out so he doesn’t have energy to chew on things or make a mess, it’s about feeding his primal need to run and jump, as well as his desire to be near you and have your approval. The outdoors and exercise will do both of you good.

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