How much exercise does a dog need?Who can run the greater distance: You or your neighbor? It would be extraordinary if you both ran exactly the same distance. Instead, factors such as age, fitness, nutrition and health, impact upon your endurance and ability to exercise. The same is true for dogs, plus there’s an additional factor in their ‘breed’. When deciding how much exercise does a dog need, study your canine as an individual. Your best buddy’s needs depend on:
- Body condition
- Weather conditions
How to Exercise a Dog: Myth BustingMy dog gets plenty of exercise because he has free access to the yard. Right? Wrong! Dogs tend to wander around a yard. Yes, they stretch their muscles, but no they aren’t burning many calories or improving cardiovascular fitness. Think of this as the difference between walking round a superstore and going on a jog. Shopping doesn’t keep you slim, whereas as running can. Exercise should be active and involve getting slightly out of breath and raising the heart rate.
How to Exercise a Dog: 5 Golden RulesIt’s impossible to put a flat figure on how much exercise a dog needs, as each dog is different. There are, however, five golden rules on how to exercise a dog.
- #1: You went too far if the dog is too tired to walk home without lagging behind
- #2: You’re aiming for the amount of exercise that leaves the dog ‘pleasantly tired’
- #3: Walk the dog to warm them up, before engaging in energetic activities such as Fetch
- #4: Protect a puppy’s joints by avoiding concussive activities (such as agility)
- #5: Don’t overtire growing dogs (it risks damaging their joints)