How Much exercise does your Dog Need
It depends on many factors, let’s discuss them briefly…
Different dogs have different needs of exercise. Be it a little puppy, or a senior dog, they all need some kind of exercise. Some experts believe that little exercise for dogs can lead to obesity. And according to the statistics of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one out of every 4 dogs is obese. Obesity, in turn can lead to a lot more diseases – we don’t want that.
You must have heard the saying “a tired dog is a good dog”. Well in a way it is, but that does not mean that you have to run your dog for miles, or you desperately doing an activity that makes him tired.
As a general rule of thumb, you can make your dog exercise for around 1 hour a day. Note – This is a just a general idea, and if your dog is very athletic breed, he might need more than this. Obviously we can’t put a Dachshund and a Border Collie on the same schedule, then comes the age factor, the personal physical ability, etc. Read this article to learn more about dog breeds
Tip – Narrow bodied and deep chested dogs like “German Shepherds” , “Grate Danes” and “Dobermans” should not exercise right after meals as they are prone to bloating.
The age of a Dog is very important to consider. Older dogs should not be exercised very rigorously. Image you trying to make your 80 year old grandma to run around a city for 1 hour everyday… not a good idea, isn’t it? Please remember that the dog won’t be able to say no to you.. it’s you who has to keep all this in mind.
I’ve seen a few owners say “hey, i’ve been running my dog like this since the past 10 years.. He’s used to this!”. What i’ll say in this situation is that, the dog might be mentally used to it. But his bones, joints and ligaments are slowly aging. If your dog is aging, treat his like an elder dog. I’m stressing a bit more on this point, as i’ve seen some bad outcomes, some of which ended up quite bad.
The younger dog, and puppies on the other hand should be exercised well. Nice walks, fetching the ball, swimming, playing and running with other dogs… these are perfect exercises for the usual dog/puppies. Just keep in mind about your puppies, and prefer to let them play with their own sized dogs. You must be a little protective about the puppies.
Following is a short list of common dog categories –
- The Hounds – These dogs fall between lower to moderate exercise needs. 1 hour of exercise is good enough for them.
- Terriers – A usually playful breed, and they love to jump around. Give in atleast 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minute exercise everyday
- Toy breeds – This includes most of the little ones. They don’t really need that much exercise, so 30 minutes to 1 hour is good. Please note, that the poodle is an exception here. The Poodle will need around 1 hour exercise everyday (did you know the Poodle was originally a hunting dog?)
- Herding Dogs – These dogs include breeds like the Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Australian Cattle Dog, etc. These quick little beasts will need around 2 hours of exercise a day. If they are not satisfied by their training, they usually start destroying household stuff.
As you can see this is a very vast topic, if you have any specific question on your breed, please leave a comment below. We will try our best to help 🙂