Exercise for Independence

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This weekend is the July 4th holiday in the US. This holiday is also known as Independence Day, and it got me thinking about how exercise can bring independence to humans and dogs.


Webster’s Dictionary defines independent as “not requiring or relying on others”. This definition can certainly apply to our own, and our dog’s, physical capability to move around, live life, and not rely on help from others to do so. In short, regular exercise can help us retain our independence.
For younger people and dogs, exercise prevents the accumulation of unwanted weight while building strength and endurance, allowing unfettered access to whichever activities we choose to pursue. As we and our dogs age, regular exercise is even more important so that we can maintain an active lifestyle well into our senior years. And if you think that your older dog doesn’t care about being able to independently, remain active and move around with spring in their step, you are sadly mistaken. Dogs are meant to be active and their frustrations are evident when they unable to keep up with their families during physical activities.


Young or old, being healthy and having the ability to do what we want physically is the very definition of independence. What a great gift of independence we can give ourselves, and our pets, by simply spending 30-60 minutes a day exercising. And we don’t have to start a revolution to do so.


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  1. I definitely feel better when I exercise so I’m sure the dogs do too!

    Happy 4th of July!
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  2. Hi Y’all!

    Have a fun, cool and safe 4th Blogville, USA!

    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  3. What a great thought. If you don’t use muscles you lose them and if you don’t have them you can no longer be independent. Happy 4th of July weekend!
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  4. This is so true…what a perfect way to look at it. Have a great 4th weekend!
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  5. Have a wonderful 4th of July.
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  6. Good tie-in. For me, independence is definitely the best benefit of being healthy.

    As I get older, I definitely think about this more.
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  7. Fly that flag, baby!

  8. I wanted to take them exploring today and tomorrow for some exercise before the evening festivities began. But, Jax is sick – really having difficulty with diarrhea #ugh so in this heat, I’ve got to abort. Waiting for the doodle doc to call – so our independence may not have much exercise this year! Have a great holiday weekend.
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  9. Great post! And it’s so true!

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  10. We will be taking advantage of early exercise this weekend before any fireworks begin. Bentley is not a fan. : (
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  11. Happy 4th of July! Good way to think about exercise. Running off leash at the dog park I’m sure makes Kilo feel independent.

  12. 30 minutes a day is NOTHING! I’ve been trying to get at least 60 minutes or more and I always feel awful in the winter that we only do 30. Thanks for this. At least I know I’m doing this right and the extra time is just a great bonus for us all.
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  13. We are pretty active, being herding dogs. We have to get out several times a day or we go nuts!

  14. Mr. N loves walking and he’s been so whiny lately because I’ve had to delay his walk because it’s 90 degrees out there.

  15. Great points.
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  16. This article was a great reminder for me as I’ve had a difficult week! Need more exercise!
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  17. You’re totally right: exercise does equal independence. I say, get your flag on with exercise today and every day!

  18. Great thought! It sure is a big deal to be able to move around and be independent. Flexibility is so important too. I think I’ll go stretch! Happy 4th!
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  19. This is a great post! We get our golden puppy the first week in August and I can’t wait for the day I can go on runs with her! I have heard that you should wait a year to two years till you should start running with your dog? Would love to know your knowledge on this!

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    • Congrats on the new member of your family! Two years is probably overkill, I don’t think you need to wait that long. The key thing is not to overstress growing bones. We did light dirt trail running with our Lab Sally starting at 8 months. Short runs, on dirt and not everyday. Mix up their exercise with swimming, hiking and other strength work to even out the stress on their joints. You should also seek the advice of your vet. I assume your breeder has had the dogs OFA certified against dysplasia – both hip and elbow. You should check out the OFA website too as they have some great advice. Look forward to watching your pup grow on your blog.
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