Exercise helps with muscular development and maintenance, improves cardiovascular performance, aids with digestion especially constipation, and adds to life expectancy. Additional benefits include enhancing their immune system, improving bone density, and reducing chronic disease risk.
Behavioral issues, shared with all dogs and poodles, can be minimized by getting the right amount of exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog makes for a well-behaved one, which means happy pet parents.
Before you head out for a run with your poodle, understand your dog’s health and conditioning first. The last thing you want to do is overextend your poodle, or yourself for that matter, and not be able to exercise again. One thing that inactive dogs are susceptible to is injuring the pads of their paws. As dogs run and play, the pads on the bottom of their paws become callous, protecting them from hard, hot, or cold surfaces.