Is it so intuitive that dogs need (or even want) exercise?
"No pain, no gain."
We don’t worry ourselves with seeing to it that our pet fish swim laps every morning. Pastured animals don’t run laps around their fields. And, to casual observers, many dogs seem perfectly content to lounge lazily on a couch all day.
Even if we accept that dogs want or need exercise, is it so clear that we, their owners and handlers, need to shoulder that burden? Maybe in a perfect world we could spend time exercising our pets, but only after all of our personal desires have been adequately satisfied. We are their “masters,” after all.
Well, here’s our formal position: that’s all nonsense. When it comes to exercising dogs, we believe in two fundamental principles: (1) most dogs both want and need adequate exercise to live their fullest and happiest lives and (2) their owners and handlers are responsible for meeting those needs and desires.
Don’t agree? Great, read on. We’ll cover the first proposition in today’s article and the second one shortly. We think our positions are supported by reasonable assumptions, empirical evidence, and solid logic. If you disagree please leave a comment and give public voice to our disagreement. Read More