Activity Level Matters When Selecting a Dog

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Dogs are active by nature.
So if you're the type of person who prefers to sit and watch TV alot, having a dog might not be the way to go.
A dog is more likely to feel depressed if he has an owner who has a different lifestyle, creating disharmony in the relationship.
Bringing a dog into your home requires considered thought about the physical activity level needed to keep him physically and emotionally healthy.
Having a dog that needs walking twice a day might spur lazy adults to get the kind of physical exercise that they need.
However, lazy individuals are not likely to change their lifestyles enough to make a good fit between them and active dogs.
Instead, lazy owners may end up depriving their dog of the benefits of being actively outdoors and the dog ends up suffering.
The amount of activity a dog needs is not the same as exercise.
Every dog needs time to walk, run, play and relax each day.
Go to a dog park or walk your dog on a leash in the neighborhood.
Having a fenced backyard allows your dog to romp and play without a lead.
For many older adults, it's not as easy to get around as it used to be so choosing a dog that requires less daily activity is best.
Individuals that enjoy being outside and actively include their dogs are more likely to have healthier, happy dogs.
Larger dogs tend to be more physically active.
Many larger dogs have heritages that include being working or hunting dogs.
Their innate desire is to be active.
Dogs which are born for movement and agility may include the Doberman, Springer Spaniel, Irish Setter, German Shepherd and Greyhound.
They naturally desire daily movement and physical activity.
Not all large dogs require a high level of physical activity.
Size can fool you.
Breeds such as the St.
Bernard and Bull Mastiff fit this category even though they may well outweigh their keeper.
Small dogs can comfortably live in small places.
These dogs may include the Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Poodles and Pekinese who don't need as much outdoor activity since their nervous temperaments cause them to be very active around the house.
Granted, their physical activity may be running in all directions around the room, jumping on your guests or on you, but they do settle down when their energy wanes.
Then it's time to recharge by crawling back on your lap or on one of their plush pet beds.
There's much to understand before picking a dog.
So take the time to evaluate your living space, personality, and personal physical activity level in order to determine the best dog profile compatible to you.
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