Play: Why It’s So important For Your Dog

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Play: Why It's So important For Your Dog | Dogalize

Play is an essential part of a dog’s life. By play, he learns things, develops behaviors, keeps fit, which is good for his health. Let’s have a deeper look at the benefits of play.

Exercise

Exercise is a crucial part of having a healthy dog because without adequate exercise a dog will become obese and will fall prey to a number of illnesses. Obesity in dogs is a serious concern not only due to an increased risk for illnesses like diabetes, but also because it puts additional strain on their joints and their internal organs.

Intellectual Stimulation

All dogs require exercise not only to help to keep them at a healthy weight, but also to ensure that they stay stimulated. Dogs can easily become bored. There is a saying that a “tired dog is a good dog” and this is particularly true for working breeds such as border collies. Without adequate intellectual stimulation dogs can become destructive, disobedient and downright impossible to handle.

Bonding

Dogs are pack animals by nature and they have a need to bond with other members of their pack and feel accepted. Play is the best way to bond with other dogs and to strenghten the bond with the owner.

Dental Health

It is crucial to a dog’s overall health to have clean teeth. Poor dental hygiene can lead to infections and bad breath. Brushing a dog’s teeth can be particularly difficult. Surgical cleanings can be particularly difficult as well since they involve a significant financial burden and putting your dog under anesthesia. A great way to improve dental health and reduce the need for surgical cleanings, however, is to invest in toys that are designed to clean teeth as your dog plays. These toys encourage chewing which stimulates saliva and helps to diminish plaque and reduce its occurrence.

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Federica Lauda

Source: caninejournal

Photo: petsworld

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