The Canine Good Behaviour-Exercise Correlation
February 18, 2011 16 Comments
Brace yourself. I made you something, valued reader.
I think charts and graphs are a fun way to share information. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands. Perhaps I need a break from the xkcd. Whatever the case, I made you one anyway.
The inspiration for the dazzling visualization below stems from a discussion in the comments of this post by fellow blogger, The Dog Park, of whom I am a fan. Although, admittedly my glorious Paint creation comes nowhere near the beauty of some recent graphs and charts done by According to Gus. But I’m okay with that.
The information is simple: based on personal experience and an abundance of anecdotal evidence from others, the graph illustrates how a properly exercised dog results in a well-behaved dog. No exceptions.
A dog who is walked regularly is less likely to engage in destructive behaviours at home, and is more likely to pay attention to you while you work on training, whether it be obedience, agility or what have you.
Though, do note the sharp drop-off at the end. Yes, you can over-exercise your dog. A dehydrated, exhausted dog is not going to be interesting in sitting or coming to you any more than a dog with a severe case of cabin fever. After a long hike on a hot day, it’s not uncommon for Moses to lay down and do no more than raise a “make me” eyebrow to any requests made of him.
The moral of the story: Walk your dog. It will be good for both of you.