How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Getting out and about not only helps dogs burn energy, but it is also a great stress relief for them. If you are new to owning a dog, it is natural to wonder how much exercise your dog needs? As with humans, the answer usually varies from dog to dog. There are many factors like age, health, breed, etc. that determine your dog’s exercise needs.

Charming puppy of chocolate color on a morning run with his owner on the background of the meadow on a clear summer day. Close-up.

Here are a five standard guidelines that can help you determine if your pup is getting all the exercise they need:

  1. Active breeds need at least 30 minutes of challenging cardio exercise most days.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, toy and small breeds also require moderate exercise to stay happy and healthy. And this means not just indoor training but also outdoor activities. Pugs, for example, are at risk of obesity and thus need more physical activity.
  3. Exercise should be a combination of both mental and physical conditioning. The idea is to engage the mind as well as your dog’s body for healthy growth.
  4. On days when the weather is too hot or too cold, your dog might not need the same amount of exercise as a typical day. On such days, it is better to engage your dog in indoor activities and games to provide them with sufficient mental and physical workout.
  5. A good rule of thumb is to walk five minutes for every month of your dog’s age, twice a day. For instance, if your dog is eight weeks old, your canine friend can safely go on a 10-minute walk in the morning and evening.

Regardless of your dog’s size, live by the philosophy that a tired dog is a good dog. Treat your dog’s health as a family affair, so involve your household in your dog’s exercise routine. That said, it is just another fun opportunity to bond with your dog as one big happy family!

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