How Much Daily or Weekly Exercise Does a Dog Need?

How much daily or weekly exercise does a dog need?

Ever since being domesticated between 14,000 and 15,000 years ago, dogs have been known as our best friends. They offer unconditional love, loyalty and companionship, and one of the best ways we can say thanks is by ensuring they get the exercise they need. Dogs aren’t made to live sedentary lives. Most dogs have been bred over many generations to perform certain jobs, and even mutts have that age-old need to move flowing through their veins.

Walks vs. Backyard Hijinks

Sure, you could just let your dog out for a run in the backyard, but actively exercising him has several benefits for your pup. It helps him stay physically fit and keeps his mind engaged. Even better, if your dog has some bad behaviors, like chewing, digging or excess barking, more exercise might just help reduce or even put a stop to them by giving him more interesting things to do.

Brisk Runs, Long Walks or What?

How much of a workout does your dog need? Well, that can depend on several things, including your dog’s: 

  • Age
  • Breed
  • Energy level
  • Personality
  • Health and abilities

If you have any doubts about your dog’s abilities, talk to her vet before em-bark-ing on a new workout regimen. 

What Dogs Really Need From You

Pups are young and full of energy, but that doesn’t mean they’re up for long walks. In fact, much like babies and toddlers, they’ll have bursts of energy and need frequent naps, which means that frequent, small walks will be better for them. Five minutes per month of age is a good rule of paw to follow until your puppy reaches adulthood. At that point, you’ll need to start following breed guidelines. 

Active breeds, such as retrievers, terriers and shepherds, need about 60 to 90 minutes of activity a day. Your dog will likely enjoy a rousing game of catch or playing in the dog park. Walking with your dog is also a great choice that not only gives your dog access to new scenery and scents but also helps keep you fit.

Smaller or less-active breeds, such as toy breeds, pugs and giant breeds, as well as older dogs, need less exercise. About 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day is a good guideline. This could mean a gentle walk around the neighborhood or park or a lively game of frisbee.

Mental Stimulation

When you’re out walking with your dog, give her plenty of time to stop and sniff the roses or, as is more likely, dog butts. It might not seem appealing to you, but for your BFF, dog butts, dog poop and similarly questionable smells are a big highlight of her day. These smells are mentally stimulating and also help her decide where to make her own doggy deposits. 

Speaking of Deposits …

Dealing with dog poop isn’t fun but is necessary for anyone who loves a dog. Whether your dog makes his deposit at the beginning of the walk or the end, you’re sure to find yourself carrying a dog poop bag of something small, or maybe not small, and stinky at some point. It's not a fun part of dog ownership, but it is a responsible and necessary one to keep the environment and neighborhood clean.

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