We all know that our pets need adequate exercise, but how do you determine how much is enough? To figure out what your pooch needs in the way of activity, you’ll have to consider several factors: your dog’s age, size, breed, and health.
If you have a healthy adult dog, they will need a minimum of 30 – 60 minutes of walking or other activity (chasing a ball, agility, hiking, running) every day. Young pups and seniors will need less activity. And certain breeds need much more exercise (huskies, terriers, shepherds, herding, and cattle dogs, to name a few).
You don’t have to get all of your pooch’s exercise in at once; you can give them a 20-minute walk in the morning, throw a ball for a while after lunch, and take another 20-minute walk after dinner if that suits your schedule better. Obviously, in scorching weather, you should try to get your exercise in the morning or later in the day when it’s cooler.
Some tiny breeds can probably get all the exercise they need inside. However, it’s good for your dog to get outside where they can see the world, sniff around their neighborhood, and socialize a bit with people and other pups.
Seniors may benefit from a few short walks a day, so they don’t overexert themselves. If your buddy has arthritis, try to avoid pavement or the sidewalk, which may be uncomfortable on sore joints. If you’re not sure what is appropriate for your dog, talk to your vet.
How about distance? There isn’t a limit on how far you can walk with a healthy adult dog, as long as both of you are comfortable. If you like long walks or hiking, build up your dog’s stamina over time.
So get stepping, since it’s good for both you and your dog. If you need help getting in the mileage, we are happy to take Fido on a nice long walk!