Dogs need exercise. It’s not just about being healthy, either. Exercise stimulates your pet’s mind and uses up their stored energy. Dogs that exercise are happier, less likely to suffer from behavioral issues, and maintain better mental health.
It is best to take your dog outdoors whenever you can. The combination of exercise with sights, smells, and sounds provides outstanding stimulation to your dog’s brain, which in turn reduces excess energy and stress. But taking your dog for a long walk is not always possible, especially here in the Lake Mary area, where during the summer months we will have:
If it’s dark too early, or you are not feeling up to going outside, a long outdoor walk may not be possible. Luckily, there are some ways to exercise your dog indoors.
Strategies for Indoor Dog Exercise
Consider Mental and Physical Activities
If there is a reason you can’t give your dog physical exercise, try mental exercise. Dogs do need to walk and run, but if you can help your dog solve puzzles, learn new tricks, and use its brain, your dog will at least receive stimulation it needs to feel more mentally at ease.