How much exercise should my pup be getting daily?

With the Pokémon Go craze plenty of dog owners seem to be taking a sudden interest in walking their dogs. Mainly to catch some cool Pokémons but on the plus side your dog will be getting some exercise out of it too. I normally take my pup for a short walk everyday but I pushed it to several walks last week because I was determined to catch some rare Pokémons. She wasn’t really happy with her new walking schedule and by the end of the week she’d had enough of it. This whole incident made me think, how much exercise should exactly my dog be getting?

Regular exercise is a key to a happy and a healthy dog. However it’s important to understand that each dog breed is different and we need to tailor our exercise programs to fit their conditions and personalities.

Active dogs-

Generally speaking, these are mainly herding and sport dogs. These dogs require a high level of exercise regime and a 25 minute walk isn’t going to cut it. Ideally a minimum of 60 min high intensity workout will prevent them from being bored and destructive. If your Husky redecorating your garden by digging holes all over the place, this could be due to insufficient exercise or lack of mental stimulation. Try cycling or rollerblading with your dog, as it’s perfect for active dogs with tons of energy.

Common breeds that falls under this category

Australian Kelpie

Kelpies are common working dogs. They are usually extremely alert, highly intelligent and have an almost inexhaustible energy. Plenty of exercise is a must for these energy machines.

German Shepherd

These medium sized working dogs needs at least 2 hours of exercise a day. They are extremely intelligent and do require a great deal of mental stimulation to be happy and healthy.

Siberian Husky

I simply love this talkative, happy-go-lucky breed. They are quite strong, working sled dogs and you need to be a 100% confident and consistent pack leader in order to keep them from becoming mischievous. They require a great deal of exercise to keep them from getting bored and become destructive. 2-3 hours of regular exercise is a must for them. A house with a large back yard with a high fence is highly advised as they are expert escape artists.

Moderately Active dogs

If you are not into running marathons with your pup, these dogs are the perfect match for you.

Saint Bernard, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bullmastiff are generally considered as moderately active dogs. While they don’t require high intensity workouts, they should get a moderate amount of daily exercise. Ideally a 25-35 min walk would keep these cuties happy and healthy.

Common breeds that falls under this category

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a toy breed. Although they are small they do require a regular walk in the park every day to keep them in top condition.

Saint Bernard

These gentle giants are moderately active dogs. Young pups will require more exercise to keep them healthy and lean. Generally a 35 min walk in the park will be enough to keep them content. Make sure that it’s not too hot outside, Saint Bernard’s are usually very sensitive to heat.

Bullmastiff

Stick to a light exercise regime to keep Bullmastiffs healthy and to prevent obesity. Exercise under hot or humid weather conditions is a big no no with this breed. Remember if it’s hot for you it’s hot for your pet too.

Low Energy Level dogs

There are a few low maintenance dog breeds that require very little exercise. These dogs simply need a nice long walk with their owners or a game a fetch at your local dog park to be happy and healthy.

Common breeds that falls under this category

Chihuahua

Chihuahuas with lack of exercise are likely to have destructive or hyper behavioural problems. A short stroll in the nearby park will keep them from becoming bored and chewing up your favourite pair of Manolo Blahniks. Just because they are small doesn’t mean that they don’t need exercise.

Maltese

These little beauties doesn’t require quite a lot of exercise however they do need a daily walk. They are more likely to display behavioural problems if they don’t get their daily exercise.

Pomeranian

Fluffy little poms are like most toy breeds doesn’t need much exercise. A daily walk in the local park can help them maintain a healthy weight and a heart

Please note that these are general recommendations for exercise depending on your dog’s breed. If you have a pup that runs around the house like a total nut, although he is a low energy dog breed, it’s a clear sign that he needs more exercise than just a short walk. Keep in mind that every dog is different and you should take all these factors into consideration when deciding on the best exercise regime.

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