In this video, we discuss the controversial topic of whether it’s bad to exercise high-energy dogs and address some common arguments presented by balanced dog trainers. We explore the belief that relying on exercise to manage a dog’s mental and physical state can lead to an unsustainable situation and potential adverse effects on the dog’s well-being. We also delve into the prevalent attitudes in certain dog training cultures that emphasize strict control over dogs and challenge the notion that dogs need to be strictly controlled to achieve calmness.

We advocate for a more compassionate and empathetic approach towards training, focusing on the importance of physical and mental stimulation for a dog’s well-being. Exercise not only promotes the release of brain chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, but it also contributes to a longer, healthier life by maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening bones, joints, and muscles, and reducing the risk of diseases and health problems.

Furthermore, we highlight the significance of exercise and play as bonding opportunities, creating a strong relationship between dogs and their owners that makes training and communication more effective. We acknowledge the individual differences in dogs, emphasizing the need for tailored exercise routines and the importance of providing physical and mental outlets for high-energy dogs to encourage natural behavior in acceptable ways.

While recognizing the need for moderation in exercise to prevent over-exercising and ensure adequate rest and recovery time, we also discuss the additional benefits of exercise, such as decreasing boredom and destructive behavior, building confidence, improving socialization, and enhancing mental and problem-solving skills. Join us in this informative and thought-provoking discussion to better understand the role of exercise in a dog’s life and how it impacts their overall well-being and training success.

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0:00 I need to vent
0:19 The claim
0:35 How do you feel about this?
0:46 what rubs me wrong
1:11 thought experiment
1:22 you have 2 options
1:36 it’s not just about tiring dogs out
1:58 why it matters for training
2:33 “R+ doesn’t work with high drive dogs”
3:11 most important dog training theme of 2023
3:20 how much exercise is right?
3:42 Can you over-exercise a dog?
3:51 Hidden Benefits of Exercise!
4:20 Where do you fall on this spectrum?
4:27 Special discount link for Nom Nom!