How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

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There’s no disputing that dogs require exercise every day, just like us. Whether it’s going for a long walk, letting them run free in the backyard, or just playing with other dogs, daily exercise is integral to a dog’s health.  If you find yourself asking, “how much exercise does my dog need?”, this informative blog is for you.

Exercise for Puppies vs Older Dogs

It’s no secret that puppies have tons of energy! Keeping your puppy healthy and happy requires short bursts of exercise throughout the day. Sometimes, when puppies have too much pent-up energy, it can be redirected into other frustrating or destructive behaviours, such as scratching or chewing.

If you’ve got a puppy or an older dog, going for walks or taking a trip to the dog park is always a great way to get some exercise, train, and socialize your dog.

Every dog is unique — so it’s important to talk to your vet to find out exactly how much exercise your dog requires.

Variation Between Breeds

Not every breed of dog will require the same amount of activity.

For example, large breeds like Great Danes, don’t require a lot of strenuous activity and Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus should avoid running because they can have difficulty breathing.

Our advice is to do some research about your specific breed, and of course, always check with your vet.

What Kind of Exercise is Best for Your Dog?

If you have a busy lifestyle or you’re not sure which exercise is best for your dog, here is some advice: When in doubt, just go for a walk!

If you’ve got errands to run, bring your dog along where possible, (just never leave your fur baby in a hot car).

How You Can Make It Effortless

On days when you’re just too busy or you can’t step away from work, our advice is to hire a dog walker or drop your dog off at an outdoor boarding facility or daycare. Dogs are emotional and social animals that require interaction, affection, and daily movement.

At Sunset Dog Retreat, all our dogs have access to outdoor spaces, snacks, toys, and lots of cage-free love! You’ll be able to get your errands done or enjoy your getaway guilt-free knowing that your fur baby is being cared for lovingly.

If you have questions or are interested in our doggy daycare, boarding, or grooming services, contact Sunset Dog Retreat and we’ll be happy to help.

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