How often Should Your Dog Exercise?

We have all experienced the joy of meeting and bringing the newest member of your family home. Once you bring home your new baby, you will begin to understand the effort and satisfaction you will feel by raising him/ or her. As dogs transition from puppyhood to adult doggy-hood, they require a lot of care and attention. For example, the time it takes them to learn their name, becoming potty trained, learning somewhat right from wrong and the everyday challenges it takes to make sure they are healthy.

One of the key components in the health of a dog is their activity level. Exercise affects more than just the health of the dog. It is directly linked to the mood and energy level of your pet. Did you know that your dog’s exercise needs are dependent on its size, breed, age, and current health? This is often overlooked when we think of bringing home our furry family member.

Dogs are like infants. As they grow they need exercise, time to play and healthy meals. Exercising your dog can be rewarding for both you and your pet; plan activities that incorporate games we typically associate with dogs. Exercise for a dog can be more time consuming since you have to actively participate the entire time. This means you may have to get up, go outside and throw their ball around or even a Frisbee will do.
For those of us who are active and looking for new ideas to exercise with your dog be sure to review our suggested ideas. (Create Pull Idea’s list) One popular activity is taking your dog on a hike. Another option is a nature run. These two options will give your new companion an opportunity to get some fresh air, and you both can get a change of scenery. Dogs love being outside, so they will love to feel as if they are roaming the world!

Larger breeds like Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Hounds need the most exercise; because they are highly energetic and often considered working breeds. These larger breeds need anywhere from 30 minutes of exercise – to a couple hours a day. Whereas, smaller breeds like a Yorkie, Maltese, Pug, or Chihuahua will only need 20-30 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. These smaller dogs can go on short walks like a block or so around the neighborhood. However, if you try to travel further distances, they may become tired and you may find yourself caring them home.

If you want to get a dog, think about the size, breed , and exercise it will need to stay healthy and happy.

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