Using Exercise to Change Behavior in Dogs
Regular aerobic exercise is more important for dogs than it is for people. Dogs that do not get enough exercise can have more problems than just obesity. Unlike people, dogs do not have other things in their life when they are not exercising. When they do not have anything to do, they don't sit around and watch TV or go to a movie. They do not read books, shop, go online, or meet with friends for a cup of coffee!
When they have nothing to do, dogs often take on many destructive activities. This damaging behavior can be anything from destroying furniture, eating shoes, chewing walls and molding, excessive barking and jumping, digging, biting, inappropriate elimination, or aggressive conduct toward people or other dogs.
Additionally, many dogs suffer from severe psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive/compulsive disorder, or separation anxiety.
Both destructive and psychological behavioral problems aren't just the result of boredom, but rather they often represent chemical imbalances within the dog's brain. A vigorous and consistent fitness program increases the dog’s serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which has many functions, including offsetting stress and anxiety hormones such as cortisol. While the old saying "a tired dog is a good dog" is very true, a more complete statement would be "a well exercised dog has less anxiety and stress hormones and is therefore more relaxed and happy, and is consequently a good dog."
Whether your dog is exhibiting destructive behavior or has been diagnosed by a veterinarian with a psychological disorder, a spirited and steady exercise program can yield a significant improvement in your dog's behavior. Furthermore, after your dog has received the appropriate amount of exercise, we will then begin to train him on his specific issues. A complete program that deals with the physical/mental and the obedience/discipline issues is the best and more effective way to train your dog.
Pant & Wag uses cross-training methods of interval exercises customized to your dogs breed, age, health, and goals. Your dog's snout size, chest size, gait, weight, and temperament will all be factored into his personalized workout plan. Pant & Wag exercises are far more extensive than just walking and running and most importantly, dogs love it!
Best of all, using our convenient pick-up and drop-off service, which is free for households in many zip codes within Washington DC, your dogs exercise program won't take up any of your time. We will pick the dog up while your at work, exercise him according to the workout plan, and drop him off before you get home. You'll come home to a happy, healthy, and relaxed dog. After all, your dog should enhance your life, not dominate your time.
Next Steps: To learn more about how Pant & Wag can help your dog, sign-up for a consultation (or join the wait-list) today.