You should already know how important it is to exercise your dog. But when is enough, enough? Dog owner’s all have their different methods of how they go about this, and there’s no set rule on how much to give either.
Some dogs will be fine with a 10 minute trip out the back every day, but some may require a good hour of running about twice a day! There’s nothing set in stone for how long you should walk your dog for so it’s not clear to many how often they should be doing it.
There’s no right or wrong way to go about your dog’s exercise needs, but taking into account these following factors will certainly give you a much better idea of the appropriate type and amount of exercise your dog specifically needs.
While running around the house or garden shouldn’t be completely discounted, generally you want to be taking your dog outside the home area, giving a better opportunity for your dog to stretch its legs and move freely.
Walking on the lead, outdoor play and activity, being let off the lead in a safe space, agility practice and swimming are all common methods of exercise for dogs. These can all be taken into account when it comes to your dog’s exercise levels.
The breed and type of your dog answers a large part of the question on how much exercise should you be giving your pet. Some breeds aren’t as active, but it doesn’t mean you can slack and not bother to walk them at all.
It’s not always about size either. Chihuahuas will thrive on short walks daily, but other small dog breeds such as terriers have a lot of energy to burn off and will need a lot of time outside compared. Working dogs such as spaniels or collies need significant amounts of time outside to run about daily to keep happy and healthy.
It’s best to look into your dog’s breed history and general activity levels to help decide the right amount of exercise. For example, Siberian Huskies are bred as running dogs. If they’re not exercised enough, they’ll become a handful and will also be prone to dashing off.
Age and Health
The age and general health of your dog will also affect how much exercise they should be getting. Younger and healthier dogs are going to be a lot more active than more senior dogs.
Older dogs can suffer conditions that come with old age, such as arthritis, so exercise can eventually become quite a chore for them. As your dog gets older, it’s best to bare in mind your dog’s health and judging on that how much is the right amount. If longer works aren’t manageable, try some shorter ones throughout the day instead to avoid waring your old pooch out.
An overweight dog is obviously not going to be able to carry out as much exercise as usual, but their weight is also the reason it’s important that they still get plenty of it.
Exercise and dietry changes are key to burning off your over-weight pet’s excess pounds. Just consider though, if your dog’s weight is due to health reasons then don’t push it too hard as it will just make things worse, rather than better.
If this is the case, split its walks into various smaller ones, just like you would with an older dog.
With all these points taken into account, we advice you walk your dog a bare minimum of half an hour each day! A few toilet visits in the garden aren’t enough to keep your dog healthy and active, regardless of its breed. Just remember not to over exert your dog beyond the point they’re comfortable with.
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