Do you know if your dog is getting enough exercise? Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell if your dog requires more or less exercise than you are currently providing them. Here are some ways that will help you determine if your dog is getting enough exercise.
If your dog isn’t getting enough exercise, they might start showing signs of destructive behavior. Your dog may dig holes, bark excessively, destroy your lovely furniture, and even eat your casserole that you left on the counter. Your dog might also seem sad, pace around or follow you all around the house throughout the day. These destructive and annoying behaviors can be prevented if your dog is given the proper amount of exercise. Always remember that – a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.
How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?
In order to determine how much exercise your dog needs will depend on your dogs breed, age and current health status. Most dogs will require at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Your dog’s breed will help you determine how much exercise is enough. Hunting, herding and working breed dogs like Collies, Shepherds, Hounds and Retrievers will require more amounts of daily exercise than a Chihuahua. If you have one of these active breeds then you should aim for at least 30 minutes of hard physical activity in addition to at least 1 hour of daily activity.
Short nosed breeds and smaller dogs like Pugs, Bulldogs and Chihuahuas will not require a lot of daily exercise so a 20 minute walk each day would suffice.
Whether your dog is a large breed or small breed, you should always be aiming to give them enough exercise to make them pant.
Make sure, (before you start a new exercise program with your dog) you start off slowly. You don’t want to take your inactive dog and go for a 10-mile run with them. If you’re planning out a more rigorous exercise routine, then visit a veterinarian for a health checkup in advance.
Inactive dogs can bring about disease, arthritis, stress and behavioral problems. The solution is simple: If you are unable to walk your dog for at least 30 minutes a day, we can help. Contact us to make a daily walking plan and schedule so that your dog can be happy, well-behaved and stay in great health.
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