Everyone has their own reasons for making a decision to improve their life through a fitness program. Although most people are concerned with losing weight and looking better, here is a list of many of additional important potential benefits that your fitness program can provide:
- loss of body fat
- weight control
- increased metabolism
- increased muscular strength & endurance
- increased cardio-respiratory efficiency and endurance
- increased bone, ligament, and tendon strength
- increased muscle mass
- reduction in resting blood pressure
- improvements in cholesterol levels
- decreased risk of diabetes
- decreased risk of osteoporosis
- reduced risk of injury
- improved self esteem
- improved posture
- decreased stress
- overall improved health
"Speaking generally, all parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become healthy and well developed and age slowly. But, if unused and left idle, they come liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly."
- Hippocrates 370 BC
We believe exercise and training is just as important for dogs as it is for their owners. In fact, 40 percent of pet dogs are overweight or obese. That's close to thirty million dogs in the United States alone dealing with health implications of weight problems-symptoms like diabetes, heart problems, aching joints, difficulty breathing, intolerance of exercise, even an increased risk of cancer. We know how important your dog's life is and that's why we're here. Don't lose him/her before you have to!
“Overweight pets cope with almost all the same health implications that overweight people do- but they cope with them sooner and with more potential ill effects. Dogs don't have the luxury of long lives to cushion the complications of weight gain. While you have a projected lifespan of seven decades plus a few years, your dog is looking at a much shorter life. With an average of twelve short years on this earth, dogs truly need every health advantage they can get. Research shows that trim pets live about 15 percent longer or an average of two additional years, than overweight pets.”
- Marty Becker, D.V.M and Robert Kushner, M.D in “Fitness Unleashed”
Consistent and perpetual obedience training establishes leadership and a clear line of communication between you and your dog, while also building and strengthening your relationship. It lays down the ground rules within the home and out in society, where they can relate to other dogs, animals, and people who they've never met before. Not only does the dog understand and respect what the acceptable behavior is, the owner knows what to expect in all circumstances. This creates a stress-free environment.
Dogs in obedience training are:
- Happier dogs. They can relax and feel confident because they know what is expected of them in any given situation.
- NOT confused about who the leader is. They know their place in the pecking order, which doesn't allow opportunity to challenge authority.
- Trustworthy. They can be around other dogs, animals, and people without concern and can be taken with you wherever you go.
- Fun. This allows more playtime and freedom for the dog to run and be a dog.
- Loyal. The bond between you and your dog grows and strengthens into a beautiful relationship.
- Exercisable. A tired dog is a good dog and a good dog makes a great workout partner!
- Working dogs. Training can be just as tiring for dogs as exercising is. They're minds work hard during these sessions.
- Off-leash. Can it really get better than that?
Dogs NOT in obedience training are:
- Stressed, anxious, depressed, and/or bored. Behavioral problems arise from lack of training and proper exercise. Chewing, digging, barking, jumping, etc. are ways the dog relieves itself of this excess energy. And don't forget that anxiety is very painful for a dog. It's like a panic attack for humans.
- Always a challenge to authority. The dog is confused about leadership and where they are in the pecking order, which creates a struggle between who the real alpha is.
- Untrustworthy. There's always a question regarding where the dog can go or who can come to the house. The dog can sense this nervous energy and take it as his/her own by displaying unacceptable behavior to any person, dog, or animal.
- Prisoners. They don't get to be a dog because they're too busy stressing out about what's going on around them.
- Disconnected. Although there is a relationship between you and your dog already, the lack of communication builds frustration and the time spent together becomes more of an obligation rather than a joyful choice.
- Not exercisable. It's really tough to go for a walk or run if they don't know how to heel. Dogs don't exercise themselves, so a big backyard won't guarantee him/her doing laps on their own. If the dog won't “come,” playing fetch won't be an option either.
- Lazy dogs. Dog minds need to be stimulated. Otherwise, there's nothing to do but be a couch potato.
- On-leash...ALL THE TIME!
Obedience training isn't just for the dogs, humans need it too. We tend to forget about their wolf ancestors and that human beings did not create our furry friends.We automatically assume that dogs think and feel the same as we do. Therefore, we spoil them, baby them, and talk to them like humans. We depend on them for our happiness. After all, they are our last chance to smile at the end of the day. However, even though we love our dogs like family, we must remember they are still animals and need to be treated as such.
This is why human obedience is necessary:
- Consistency plays a huge part here. It's the most important piece of dog training because dogs learn by repetition and if it's not consistent, they become confused about their role and where they stand in the pecking order.
- Patience is key. Because dogs don't think and feel like we do, the training should be calm and relaxed during every session
- Energy tells the story. Dogs are very sensitive to human energy. For example, if the energy is sad, the dog may become depressed. If the energy is nervous, the dog may become anxious. If the energy is fear, the dog may react in fear. In other words, the dog is a human mirror.
- Reinforcing the rules. Giving up that quickly? One can bet the dog never will!
- Overcome frustration. When training a dog, ALWAYS end on a positive note. It's difficult to do this if the frustration level is high. However, if not done accordingly, the dog may associate a negative experience for the next session.