Many animal species have become domesticated and have partnered up with humans over the years, but none have managed to develop a connection so deep and profound like dogs have. These four-legged animals are a part of human history from a very early stage, and they have followed us faithfully through centuries of evolution and struggle. However, most dogs are now free from work or, at least, they have much better treatment, and we now keep them as pets and love them like family members. They provide us with so much joy and affection that we feel like we lost a loved one when dogs pass away due to illness, age or some other factor. They save lives, protect us, guard our homes, make us laugh and have fun, and this makes them a valuable addition to our lives.
However, there is one more area where dogs can be very useful, and this segment is the field of recreation and physical activity.
Everyone who ever owned a dog knows how these animals are full of energy, vitality and stamina, and they usually want to play and run around every time they see their owner. With their need to be active, dogs can develop behavior problems when we do not provide them with enough exercise and engagement.
Barking, digging or chewing are common with dogs that are not going on regular walks, and this can be a large inconvenience for owners. In order to prevent this, physical activity must be incorporated into the daily schedule of both owner and the dog.
Since obesity is a big problem in today’s world, and many different techniques and methods are being tried out in order to stop people from being overweight, exercise still remains one of the crucial elements of staying fit. In combination with diet, exercise can make you come back to shape and become healthy once again, but if dogs are your partners in exercise then they can also benefit from this activity – and the whole scenario is a win/win situation for both. Obesity also affects dogs, and other species of pets as well, and they should all be involved in some form of recreational activity and exercise, in order to prevent the development of serious health issues and conditions.
Some of the advantages of using a dog as you recreation partner include: bonding time, which improves the connection and communication between the pet and the owner; equal energy burn since dogs spend approximately the same amount of energy and burn calories at the same rate as humans; social interaction for owners, because friends and neighbors can be met on those walks around the park and small talks and conversations can improve your social skills; socialization for the dog since he will meet and interact with other dogs, humans, cars, other objects, etc.
However, the most important element is the fact that recreation allows you to have fresh air, which reduces the risk of many serious diseases and health condition, and we all know that our health should always be our priority.