Exercise should be part of every dog’s daily routine. Aside from keeping your pet in shape, consistent exercise can also:
- Reduce the likelihood of health issues, such as arthritis, obesity, and high blood pressure
- Provide mental stimulation and decrease the risk of depression
- Teach good behavior while encouraging one-on-one bonding with the pet parent
But just like humans, every pet is different. The best exercise regimen for your furry friend will depend on theirspecies, breed, and age.
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How Much Physical Exercise Do Dogs Need?
Puppies, adult dogs, and senior dogs all have different exercise needs. To avoid exhaustion, joint and bone issues, and injury, always monitor your dog’s exercise sessions and keep in mind the following rules:
Your pup’s bones and joints are still developing, so puppy exercise should be limited to five minutes for each month they are old, three times a day.
This is highly dependent on breed, but most adult dogs need between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise daily. If you have a low-energy dog breed, they likely don’t need more than a routine walk around the neighborhood. On the other paw, if you have a high-energy breed, a long walk plus extra playtime is sure to get their tail waggin’!
You may not be able to teach an older dog new tricks, but you can (and should) still take them for short workouts to keep their muscles strong, curb the onset of age-related ailments, and promote healthy bowel function.
Don’t Sit, Get Fit: Ways to Exercise Your Dog
You can never go wrong with a “W-A-L-K” (wink, wink), but there are a number of other exciting puppy activities you can introduce to keep your canine companion fit.
Take A Hike
An adventure through the forest or trails offers new sights and smells for your little explorer. Just make sure to check your dog’s body for ticks afterward.
For pups that can swim, a trip to the lake offers a serious dog workout.
All you need is a ball or frisbee—or the stick your pup found in the creek!
Dog Park Playdates
Dog parks allow your pup to run, play, and socialize with other dogs.
Build An Agility Course
Household items such as boxes, chairs, or hula hoops can be used to create a challenging agility course.
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Additional Pet Exercise Resources
- Purina. Dog Exercise And Staying Healthy.
- American Kennel Club. Keep Your Puppy Active and Out of Trouble With Stimulation and Exercise