Dogs are little fur balls of energy. While it is unfair to call some of them little. They spin around, jump and pounce, especially when they know it’s time for their walk. Then you cancel or cut short their walk, thanks to the rain, tiredness or some other minor catastrophes. But what you are actually denying to your dog is good health. As a greater part of their wellness is dependent on the amount of physical activity they get into. And the lack of it might be slowly pushing them to the edge of obesity and many other diseases.
And the same is the case for those who overdo it, as too much fatigue could be unbearable for your pet. So for the optimal dog exercise, you must consider a few factors. And these include their age, breed, individual health, the local weather, etc. Like no two humans are alike, neither are the dogs. So you have to make a decision as to what’s the right amount of physical activity you need to put your pet into.
But First, Estimate Your Dog’s Energy
All dogs have different energy levels. While pups are high on energy, adult dogs are no less. On the other hand, bigger breeds tend to be more energetic, despite the age factor. Moreover, pups and smaller dog breeds need shorter bursts of physical energy. Bigger breeds might find it hard to get tired even after a long trek. So here we’ll discuss a few tips on how much exercise they need depending on their age and breed size.
Puppies as mentioned in the previous paragraph are full of energy but are still weak on bone and muscle strength. So it becomes important that they get exercise in multiple but short sessions. And must not be long-walks or ball throwing, but something like short strolls, say 5 minutes to start with. And you may increase it to around 15-20 minutes when they reach around three months of age.
While you could put puppies of all the breeds in the same category, you can’t do the same with the adult dogs. And even if anyone tries doing that, it will be totally unrealistic. So to discuss their exercise requirements we will again divide them into breed sizes.
- Smaller Breeds
Small dog breeds like toy Poodles, Chihuahua, Pekingese, Bichon Frise, etc are delicate little things. They do not need much exercise and only a few minutes a day will suffice. Moreover, these are indoor breeds, so they get enough physical exercise just running around in the house. So you can treat them as puppies all their lives.
- Active Dog Breeds
Some breeds like German Shepherds, Huskies, Border Collies, Retrievers, Terriers, etc have a super dose of energy in them. In fact, I suggest owners must themselves have enough muscle power to be able to tame them. Retractable leashes are especially helpful to handle them outdoors. Further, these dogs need to be put through rigorous physical activity to keep them fit. And that will need at least an hour to 90 minutes a day. Though they have capacities to go on for many more hours.
- Rest Loving Breeds
Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxer, Boston English Mastiff, etc, are some breeds that get tired from even little physical activity. The reason behind this is their flat noses, which make them endure breathing issues all their life. So for these breeds, slow-paced walks for around 30 minutes are more than adequate. Some might have the capacity for even less.
- Larger Dogs
The large dog breeds like Great Dane, Rottweilers, Neapolitan Mastiff, etc are surprisingly less energetic. Their giant size and strength probably get beaten down in terms of agility. So a 60-minute walk is sufficient for their good health.
The senior dogs have their own set of physical activity needs. As most of them in this stage generally suffer from arthritis and short walks will suffice for them. Moreover, light physical exercises are equally important for them as are rigorous ones for adult dogs. One of the most suitable exercises for senior dogs is swimming. Since it is not heavy but allows the dog to have necessary body movement and pain relieving as well.
Regular exercise is a necessity for a dog’s good health. It has multiple benefits for your pet’s proper weight, bowel movement, urinary tract, etc. In fact, not just physical health, it also has an impact on their mental health as well as yours. As the dogs get to socialize and be in fresh air each day, these are their happy hours.
So next time you are late or have an important appointment, don’t let the dog bear the brunt of it. Your pet needs your time and efforts, much more than you think. A healthy dog, keeps a family happy, after all!