House dogs should be given a chance to 'regularly exercise'

Thursday, 20th January 2011

Pet owners may be required to purchase a dog collar and lead as their dog needs regular exercise, it has been claimed.

Shannon Camara, the humane educator for the Concord-Merrimack County division of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, expressed her belief that any dogs which spend most of their time indoors should have a chance to exercise on a regular basis.

She said: "As with any pet in any living situation, exercise and training are key factors in the health happiness of your pet.

"Rotating toys and a walk everyday will help to reduce boredom and the destructive behaviour that can result from it."

Ms Camara added some dogs, especially those which are extremely active or dislike being left alone, are unsuited to being left in the home.

Furthermore, owners who are likely to be away on a regular basis could consider enrolling their pet in animal day care centres which can look after animals while they are absent.