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    Why dogs should walk, exercise or play before their meal? What happens if they don't walk and eat right after they get out of the crate or right after their sleep?

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    A short meandering walk before or after a meal is fine. What you want to avoid is having the dog do vigorous exercise before and after. For example, upon return from teh dog park I wait an hour before feeding the dogs because they just ran and played hard. But in the morning, we go for a slow 20 minute walk to do their business and they eat right after.

    But I don't think that is your question...

    I don't really know where you read that a dog needs to exercise before they eat? They don't have to.

    The second part of your question is different - why a dog should go for exercise and potty after coming out of hte crate - because they probably have to go if they have been there awhile! and with a puppy, they probably really need to go. If I crate an adult dog for an hour while I run an errand (and he peed just before) I won't rush outside wtih them for potty.
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    The reason of exercising before meals is to prevent bloat and gastric torsion. You don´t want a dog running and exercising with a full stomach. A regular walk on the leash is not a problem but if the dogs were running and playing with a full stomach then its dangerous. Labs are not very susceptible to gastric torsion as far as I know, but breeds with deep chests (like Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans) are very susceptible.

    Also after heavy exercise is also best to wait till they calm down and stop panting before giving them a drink and a meal.

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    Thank you both.




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