How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need

As a dog owner, you need to understand the importance of exercise. You already know that daily walks are necessary for you and your dog. This is by the famous adage which says that a tired dog is a good dog. In as much as exercise is right for your dog, you need to understand that different dogs require different levels of activities. If you are wondering the amount of training your dog needs, then read through this post to get an idea.

First, it is worth noting that the amount of exercise your dog needs is dependent on various factors like breed, age, environment, injury (if any) and the physical health of your dog. Below is a roundup of the roundup of the general guideline for dog exercise. But remember that you need to consider your dog’s unique abilities and personality. It is also essential that you consult with your vet before you start with any exercise regime.

Puppies and Exercise

Puppies have a lot of energy, but they get tired quickly. Also, puppies do not need a much regular exercise as adult dogs do. A puppy is at a nonstop growing stage and may require frequent naps. Thus, you need to plan an exercise routine that will expect a short burst of energy from your puppy. So, on a general note, a puppy requires 5 to 10 minutes exercise sessions spread out all through the day. The exercise can be as simple as playing. You get to read your puppy’s body language and behavior better as you spend more time with your dog.

It is not advisable to go for long walks with your puppy; this is because your puppy’s bones and joints are still developing. But you can start small to develop a walking routine. It is advisable to walk five minutes for every month of your puppy’s life. This means that a 12 weeks old puppy can go for a 15 minutes’ walk in the morning and evening.

Exercise for Adult Dogs

Some factors you need to consider when it comes to an adult dog is the dog’s breed, health, and age. Some breeds of dogs are more active and require more exercise. Some breeds in this category include; Pointers, Shepherds, Terriers, Scenthounds, and Retrievers.

In general, an adult dog in this category or a sporting breed dog requires 60 to 90 minutes exercise each day.  You should include running, hiking and playtime with their exercise routine. On the other hand, some dogs are less active and require less exercise.

Some dogs in the category include Giant breeds like mastiffs, Great Danes, and New found land. Toy breeds like Yorkies, Chihuahuas and Maltese and Brachycephalic like pugs, Shih Tzus, and French bulldogs. An adult dog in this category requires around 30 minutes to 60 minutes of exercise each day. The exercise routine can involve a slow walk around the neighborhood.

Exercise for Senior Dogs

Some senior dogs suffer from arthritis too, thus they may get tired easily from walks. You can incorporate 30 to 60 minutes sessions broken down into two sessions.

Older mixed breed boxer with white face wearing orthotic brace swimming in swimming pool and licking lips with tongue after getting treat.