One Thing You Can Do to Increase Your Dog’ s Life Span

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We talk about health and fitness for our canine companions all the time – obviously – it is the focus of our blog. We’ve written about increasing their life span frequently in the past, and it is one of the most popular topics that brings people to Many of our posts describe different exercises, or food tips that will improve your dog’s overall health but I know that lists of activities or the thought of change can be intimidating. People don’t like change. So, let’s start small – let’s look at just ONE thing that you can do that will increase your dog’s life span.



Exercise your dog
Yep, it’s as easy as that. Movement is life and moving your dog provides so may benefits. It will help them lose weight if they are overweight, it will stimulate their brains, it will help loosen up their limbs if they have arthritis, it’s an opportunity to practice some training and it will present opportunities to socialize with other people and other dogs…all huge benefits to their overall well-being that will go a long way in improving your dog’s life span.
It doesn’t require fancy equipment or a gym membership to put the leash on and take your dog out for a 30-minute walk each day. Yes, that’s all it takes to improve their health. More is better, but start there. A byproduct of that daily dog walk is an improvement to YOUR health, so it’s a win-win.
If you want more information about dog life spans, here’s a list of expected dog life spans – where does your dog fall? Hopefully on the high end.
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  1. You got it! Diet and exercise, so important!
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  2. Walking is our exercise of choice and Bentley loves his daily jaunt around the neighborhood. Pierre likes to walk and loves to play fetch and race after squirrels.
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  3. We love our daily walks/jogs! Couldn’t go a day without them!!
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  4. Yup, for all species, keeping moving is key.

  5. It’s fun to run around with your dogs. A win win situation for all.
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  6. We have to make our daily rounds to get the news of the neighborhood, but walks involve a lot of stopping and smelling. Games of chase, fetch and bitey face give the best exercise for us.
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  7. Like Jan said, walks for my guys involve reading so much pee-mail, that the heart rate does not get elevated. I have to play fetch or take them swimming if I want any real exercise to happen. I also walk by myself to get my own heart rate up.
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  8. I think that goes without saying for us bipeds too-that and a few less treats. 😉
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  9. You are so right! Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think we should be doing “this, this, and that”, and breaking it down into smaller steps can make it so much easier. Starting things simply can accomplish getting them started and can lead to more and more and sticking with it longer term too. When I start slacking off on exercising (myself and the dogs), just going back to the basics helps motivate me again.
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  10. We’re getting better. Jax has us walking twice as far and twice as fast. LOL Have a great weekend.

  11. Such a easy way to insure your pal will be with you for a longer amount of time.
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  12. Exercise is very important and makes for a better behaved doggie.
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  13. I love it when an answer is simple, especially on a beautiful day … see ya, time for a walk …

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