Dogs are generally considered social animals. They usually thrive in their “pack” and appreciate the attention of their owners. So it can be alarming if your dog is lashing out at other dogs and people. Aggressive behavior also puts both you and your dog at risk if your dog were to injure another person or animal.
The causes of dog aggression can include poor socialization, upbringing, fear, and, in rare cases, health issues. But one possible cause is lack of exercise. Without the physical and mental exertion that comes with daily activity, many dogs will start to feel bored and stressed, which can often translate into aggression towards people and other dogs.
No matter the breed, every dog needs daily exercise. The time recommended by the ASPCA is 30 minutes to two hours, but this will depend on the size and age of the dog, the breed’s energy level, and any health conditions.
Scheduling in time for your dog to exercise can seem impossible in an already busy routine, but a few small changes can be enough to get your dog the activity he needs. Some ideas to consider include:
FurBabies Home Pet Care also provides daytime dog walks that give your dog not only some much needed exercise, but also help them feel less alone and give them an opportunity for a much needed bathroom break.
Whatever exercise you choose to do with your dog, make sure the impact level is right for her and any health conditions she might have. But even a few more minutes spent walking each day can often be enough to lessen your pet’s aggression, and the more exercise they receive, the better it will be for their health as well.