Why is regular exercise important for your dog?
Updated: Apr 15
As a dog person you know the importance of exercise. You know how crucial daily walks is for you and your pooch. "A tired dog is a good dog" says most people, but how much exercise should your dog actulally get?
Factors such as age, breed, and health affects the overall physical stimulation your dog should be getting. Have you ever asked yourself ''is my dog getting enough exercise''?
The main benefits of exercise for your dogs are:
Better physical health
Better mental health
Unwanted behaviors done out of boredom or anxiety
How much exercise do pups need?
Puppies have a lot of energy but less stamina than adult dogs.They are growing pups which mean they need more breaks and their playtime broken into smaller sessions.
Consider shorter, 5-10 minute sessions broken down into training, walking, playing. Anything to get the heart rate going should do the trick.
The longer you get aquainted with your dog's routine the better you'll know when they are fatigued and when it's time to stop.
Long walks can be harmful to dog's developing bones so shorter walks are recommend.
A good guideline is to walk your dog up to five minutes morning and night.. So a healthy 12 week old pup can go on a15 minute walk up to two times a day.
To learn more check out our article how often should you walk your puppy.
Exercise for adult dogs
Surprising enough breed plays a important role in how much exercise they need each day. Some of the most active dogs require about 60-90 minutes of exercise each day. That can include going on a hike, running, or playtime with other dogs.
Some extra activites dogs may be great at are agility or flyball! Balancing work and their exercise is vital to their health. If you can't seem to find the time, check out your local dog daycare center or Vikings Important pets.
In general here are some more active dogs which include:
Toy breeds (Maltese, Yorkies, Chihuahuas)
Giant breeds (Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands)
Brachycephalic, or smush-nosed, breeds (pugs, French bulldogs, shih tzus)
An low energy dog requires anywhere from 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. That can include a slow walk around the neighborhood or a little game of fetch. It really depends on your dog.
As dogs age their gait may stiffen with arthritis, and they may tire out more quickly. Your senior pup may not move how they once did but exercise is still a vital part of their daily routine.
In general your dog should get about 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. This should be divided into two separate increments.
You could do a daily walk or a swim for dogs with joint problems. Ask your vet for joint supplements.
As you may know physical exercise is vital to your dog's health, but what about the mental capacity? Mental stimulation could be mood boosters, stop boredom and have a overall healthier dog. This could include:
Games like hide-and-seek, nosework, or treat hunt
Quality time and eye contact with you
It takes a village to raise a child. Well same goes for your pup. Make sure your family is aware of the regimens. This is also good for you as well! Research proves it.