What Your Dog NeedsÓ2000
Exercise – To keep your dog's life balanced, 50% of their interactions need to be exercise. Exercise is not the amount of time the dog is in the yard alone. It is the amount of time spent with human supervision and interaction (dog park, fetch, Frisbee, agility, etcetera.) A dog's personality is set by the energy they are born with. Dog's have different energy levels – the following is several popular breeds and the amount of exercise they need per day based on their energy levels:
Discipline – 25% of dog's interactions should be training exercises. Training communication with your dog in a way you and the dog both understand. Positive obedience should be incorporated into your daily activities. This is obedience that the dog does to get something ( petted, a car ride, a treat, a walk, play with a toy etc.). Most people give their dog all those things for free and then only use obedience as a way to control their dog when he is either about to do something wrong or already has. The dog soon figures out that if he can just avoid punishment by moving fast or adopting a pathetic look, he has it made.
The problem with many human/dog relationships is that the dog gets affection, very little exercise and no discipline. These types of interactions lead to problems.