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Physical Exercise and Teaching Good Manners

A tired dog isn't always going to be a good dog. The Dog Trainer explains.

By
Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
1-minute read

Physical Exercise and Teaching Good Manners

You should give your Dogalini or Zippy plenty of physical exercise, because a tired dog is a good dog, right?

Not so fast! Yes, young, healthy dogs do need plenty of physical exercise. And most of them probably don’t get enough, to judge by surveys of canine obesity rates.

However, if you give Dogalini loads of physical exercise but don’t also teach her good manners, what you wind up with is a super-physically-fit dog with terrible manners, and plenty of energy to act on those bad manners.

It would be better to say that “A somewhat tired dog will be better able to learn good manners, because she’s not climbing out of her skin. The mental exercise of learning will also help her relax.” But, as always, when you put things accurately, you lose the sound bite!
 

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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).