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Apartment Living and Creative Exercise

Most dogs need between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day. This can consist of a fast-paced walk, run, or even a session of fetch. Working dogs generally need multiple exercise sessions. As you exercise your dog, watch him for signs of fatigue, and never push him farther than he wants to go. Your dog may pant heavily, lie down, or slow down his pace. Listen to him and give him water and a break when he tells you it’s time.


If your dog isn’t getting enough exercises, it will be evident in a few ways. He may gain weight (but overfeeding paired with adequate exercise may also result in weight gain). He may have excess energy and seem hyper around the house. Extra energy can also manifest in destructive behavior such as chewing and excessive barking. Your dog may also be distracted and antsy during training sessions.

There are many ways to provide your dog with exercise, so get creative! Consider taking up a sport with your dog, such as flyball or dock diving. If the weather is very cold or very hot, playing with a ball inside the house may work, depending on the size of your house. If you have a pond nearby, your dog may love swimming. Go for a hike or go to a dog park.

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Exercises that are compact, don’t require a lot of space or a lot of movement on the part of the human.

Fitness generally measures one's capacity for directed movement. That measure is one of vigor, fatigue and energy. 

Fitness is a dog's ability to perform physical activities both static and dynamic. These activities generally require endurance, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination as well as a general awareness of the environment those activities are being performed within.

Fitness usually denotes engagement in a combination of regular exercise and inherited talent and ability. Fitness is also a measure of a dog's ability to carry out those tasks he is assigned whether in the sporting, working, service or companion arenas. 

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Flexibility
This usually means joint movement, it's range and fluidity. Some flexibility has a lot to do with body composition however, the more excess weight a dog

Endurance
Endurance is usually measured by aerobic capacity. This means how long a dog can run or chase or do quick movement exercises. However, in the last decade, humans have been reminded that mental challenge is just as exhausting as aerobic exercise. So, endurance covers more than just aerobics. Endurance is the amount of time vs effort in any activity.

Balance
This includes body awareness, environmental awareness and proprioception in order to maintain the natural positions of the canine body without dizziness, loss of equilibrium or injury.

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Task Oriented Activity
There are many tasks and groups of tasks that we can ask of our dogs. A sport, any sport, is just a specific set of tasks and movements that have the purpose of going from A to B. 

Agility
Agility is the ability to change the body's direction quickly and efficiently. Agility requires a sense of balance, the knowledge of body parts and how they move, coordinating movements between the dog and its environment, speed, and strength.

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