Most dogs love to be outside! I know I do! Lately with the warmer weather, I spend most of my time outside in our back yard. I love to run, play with my brothers and sisters or just lie down and soak in the warm sunbeams. Did you know that being outside is good for your dog? Outside time benefits our emotional health and our physical health.
A lot of dogs, like a lot of humans, don’t get enough exercise. With people becoming busier and busier, their lack of activity has translated to their pets. It’s very difficult for a dog, big or small, to get enough exercise indoors. Sure we will walk around, maybe chase a ball or play with our brothers and sisters while you are away or busy in the home, but most of the time we will spend our time napping. Being outdoors helps motivate us to move, whether it’s going on a walk or chasing a toy in the yard. It helps end the sedentary lifestyles of puppies and humans alike! Plus it helps us maintain a healthy weight, which translates into better overall health for your dog.
Have you ever noticed that your dog tends to either nap or follow you around the house a lot? Do you know why? Most of the time it’s because we are bored! And we are either sleeping away our boredom or looking to you for entertainment. Some pups actually may become destructive due to boredom. They create their own fun activity by chewing on your favorite shoe or clawing at your furniture. This may end puppy boredom, but it definitely does not create a happy dog owner. Spending more time outside playing or walking will help end our boredom. We are provided with a lot of stimuli, different sights, sounds and smells, that we are not exposed to inside. This keeps our minds active and alert. Plus the extra activity tires us out so we are less likely to be under foot or destroying your home décor.
Lastly, being in the sunlight helps keep our coats healthy and beautiful. When exposed to the sunlight and changing temperatures, our coats will shed on a normal cycle. Keeping on a regular shedding schedule, while it may be annoying to dog parents, is good for a dog’s coat. It makes our fur fuller and healthier. Sunlight also helps us absorb and utilize vitamins that keep us healthy and strong.
So take advantage of the longer daylight hours and beautiful weather by spending time outdoors with your dog. There are countless things you can do, from going for a walk around the neighborhood, visiting the local dog park, chasing a ball in your yard, or letting your dog chew on their favorite toy on the deck. Have fun!