Dog running while playing with a toyDogs love exercise, and for good reason! Dogs of all ages can take advantage of the benefits that exercise and play can bring, on both a physical and even a mental level. Dogs that don't get enough exercise are more likely to develop health issues as they get older, including things like arthritis, obesity and heart disease. They can also end up developing behavioural issues, which is why it's so important to regularly get your dog out and about. With so many benefits that come with exercising your dog it should be something that every respectable pet owner gets on board with.

Our dogs are lovable, friendly and they have lots of energy to burn. If they're stuck in the house all day with no release then it quickly leads to boredom and frustration. Depending on your dog this can even lead to aggression, such as excessive barking, digging or chewing. An unhappy, bored dog could also try escaping from the house, so you want to try and make sure they're living a healthy and happy life at all times.

Fortunately there are plenty of ways to keep your dog happy. Having a garden at the back of your home helps matters, as you can open the back door and let them roam about during the day. A garden is unlikely to be enough for a dog, however, so you'll still need to take them out for daily walks. Besides, when you take your dog for a walk you'll also be getting in some exercise yourself, so think of it as killing two birds with one stone!

Dog playing on the beach, with a ballWalking helps your dog to become more socialised, and they can quickly becoming accepting of different situations and environments. This also helps your dog to build up an increased level of self-confidence, meaning you'll have a much happier pooch when you get back home. If you don't like walking, or if your dog wants to go at a faster pace, then you can even try cycling alongside your pet. This might take a bit of training, and you should only do so if your dog is physically fit enough, but a lot of owners have encountered great results when they get on their bicycle.

Elsewhere you have the option of swimming. Most dogs love to jump in the water and have a swim after they've had a bit of practice. Luckily dogs are natural swimmers, but if you are worried about your pet's safety while getting in the water then you can get your hands on a special life jacket. There's also plenty of opportunity to play a game of fetch every now and then. Whether it's a dog ball toy, a stick or a Frisbee, they love chasing objects and bringing them back to you. With so much choice there should be no excuses when it comes to providing your dog with all the exercise they need.