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Exercise: A Temporary Approach to an Emotional Issue

Nearly every pet professional will talk about the importance of exercise (daily walks, running, fetch, etc)… If you’ve ever expressed frustration with your dog’s behavior to a dog trainer or to a veterinarian, then you may have heard:

-Do you walk your dog?

-Does your dog get enough exercise?

-Perhaps you need to walk your dog more often.

-Perhaps you need to walk a “structured walk”...

In general, utilizing exercise (“the walk”) to solve behavioral problems is often the first recommended approach by pet professionals.

However, I do NOT rely on exercise to solve behavioral problems

Many dogs can be more relaxed (read: *exhausted*) after exercise, but this is not always the case. Some dogs are overstimulated and can become adrenalized, stressed, or anxious due to walks. Stressful things can happen on walks!

Regardless, here’s the general problem:

Exercise satiation (exhaustion) is not permanent. It is temporary.

This is one reason why relying on exercise, to create relaxation, to solve behavioral problems, is not the BEST approach.

Even if a dog becomes satiated and tired after exercise, after a few hours, exercise satiation levels drop and a dog will rebuild an interest to do all the same habitual behaviors as before.

The energetic cycle begins again. Perhaps later today... Perhaps tomorrow morning...

Remember, dogs who struggle with behavioral problems have emotional issues…

So, in my program, Social Dog Mastery™️, I teach 5 OTHER forms of relaxation (used to solve emotional issues)...

🙂 Let me clarify: there are 5 OTHER ways to teach your dog the skill of relaxation (without relying on exercise exhaustion)!

So, if you are looking to innovate, evolve, and significantly improve and resolve the behavioral problems that you’re still dealing with, then I'll see you in my upcoming Masterclass!

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