Exercise is essential for all dogs – even in the winter when it may not be quite as much fun for us humans! Exercise helps keep canines in shape and is really important for their mental health, too. But what’s the optimum amount?
Posted: 05 December 2019
Not getting enough exercise is a real problem for dogs. Not only can a lack of walkies cause health issues, such as obesity, it can also lead to behavioural problems. Under-exercised canines can show their frustration by chewing, over grooming, excessive barking or even toileting in the house.
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While all dogs need daily exercise, how much depends on their breed, age, health and even their personality. This is also something that requires some serious consideration if you’re thinking about adding four paws and a waggy tail to your family. Could you manage to fit in two or more hours a day of exercise that a Golden Retriever, Border Collie or Springer Spaniel requires? Would your lifestyle be more suited to a breed that’s comfortable with 30 minutes a day – such as a Miniature Dachshund, King Charles Spaniel or Pomeranian?
Also bear in mind that even dogs of the same breed may have different requirements – one dog might enjoy endless country walks, while another prefers playing games in the park.
As a guide, animal charity PDSA has created a chart which outlines the minimum recommended amounts for different breeds. Here are some of the highlights:
Burgess in-house vet, Dr Suzanne Moyes, advises: “Throughout their life, dogs need different amounts of exercise. A puppy won’t be able to do a two-hour walk and, as your dog ages, you’ll find they may not be able to keep up with you as they once did. If your canine companion is still full of energy when you get home, it’s a good indication that they need more exercise. Dogs that struggle on walks or aren’t keen to go out may require less – or it could be that there’s an underlying health issue to needs to be addressed. The best idea is to always check with your vet that your exercise routine is suitable for your dog.”
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