This is how much exercise your dog needs

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A quick game of fetch on the sofa or letting your dog do her business in the backyard don't work.

Without adequate activity, your pet will gain weight. As with people, additional weight affects your dog's heart and joints.

Sore joints reduce mobility, creating a cycle. Inactivity can lead to apathy for toys and training and significant health issues like diabetes.

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You must watch for indicators of overexertion because some dogs fatigue easily while others "can't-stop-won't-stop".

Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart resident veterinarian and pet care specialist, advises monitoring and listening to pets during walks and runs to avoid problems.

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