The age, health and breed of your dog will determine her ideal exercise level. Puppies, young adults, and injured or ill dogs require more rest. When starting an exercise program for your dog, start slowly.
Breeds that are used for working, herding and sport require the most exercise. They need 1 to 2 hours of daily activity. Breeds such as terriers, scent hounds and those known for their speed need 60 to 90 minute of exercise.
Toy and giant breeds are both less active. They can benefit from an hour-long walk or a gentle game of fetch. For brachycephalic dogs like Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs whose airways are smaller, it is recommended that they spend 20-30 minutes moving slowly.
Don’t neglect mental exercise
Exercise overweight, senior and bracycephalic (like Pugs and Bulldogs), and dogs with a slow pace, in cooler weather. Photo by SeventyFour. Getty Images
Find-it games, puzzles that release food, and trick-training can all help dogs relax. Include the activities that your dog enjoys most in your daily routine.
How can I tell whether my dog needs to be more active?
Play-bowing, or attempting to initiate play, while you are trying to relax is a sign that your dog needs longer walks or runs.
What is the best way to exercise older dogs?
A weight loss diet may help slow down your overweight older dog if arthritis is a problem. Older dogs are more comfortable with two or three sessions of exercise per day than single long sessions. Your veterinarian may prescribe pain-relieving supplements or medication. Swimming or using an underwater treadmill can be low-impact exercises that help older dogs remain in shape and avoid discomfort.
How much exercise do dogs need? Whole Dog Journal.
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