Exercise and weight play a significant role in the health and longevity of our dogs. Dogs that get regular exercise are healthier and live longer than those that live a sedentary lifestyle. Overweight dogs are more prone to disease and are likely to live shorter lives.
Healthy dogs are lean and muscular; They get the type of exercise that stimulates the cardiovascular system and promotes less fat and more muscle. Ideal exercise gets the heart pumping, the blood circulating, and the lungs working hard... which means a walk around the block is not enough for the majority of adult dogs. Exercise is scientifically proven to promote longevity, prevent many different diseases, strengthen the heart and dramatically improve overall health.
It is important to note that dogs cannot just go from a sedentary lifestyle to hiking and running every single day. Start slow and small and build up to an active lifestyle as your dogs endurance and muscle strength improve.
Managing a healthy weight is a combination of feeding the right amount of food and providing the right types of exercise. Each dog requires a certain amount of food based on their age, size, breed and activity level. You can determine how much food they require via instructions that accompany your dog food or by consulting your veterinarian.
From puppy hood to their senior years, a dog should never be kept overweight. We should always strive to keep our dogs lean with good muscle coverage.