It’s a new year! And it may be your resolution to have a more active lifestyle.
Which means it’s a great time to get out and get moving with your furry friends. In fact, daily physical activity is mentally, physically, and emotionally beneficial for your dog. While you might be ready to hit the trail and run that 5K, is your pet ready and up for the challenge?
We sat down with Trupanion pet program manager J. Marmol to answer the question: how much exercise does a dog need every day?
How much exercise does your dog need daily?
When it comes to how much exercise your dog needs every day, you may have already guessed the answer: it depends.
Each dog is a little bit different, so we’ll dig into how you can determine the right amount of activity for your pup.
Whether you have a new puppy or a multi-dog household, exercise is a wonderful way to add enrichment to your pet’s life. Naturally, all dogs should live an active lifestyle.
While you want your best friend to be in top physical health, is there an average number of minutes per day you need to achieve ultimate wellness for your furry friend? Marmol weighs in on the popular pet topic:
“This is not something that can be calculated on a broad spectrum. It’s important that all dogs get up and moving every day to stay happy and healthy, but it needs to be gauged on a pup by pup basis. Every individual has different needs. For instance, my two are both pit bull/pit bull mixes. They both start off high energy and can run nonstop, but Bailey tires out much quicker than Gary and we have to call it a day before we overexert her.”
out different forms of exercise and see what works for your furry friend
Every dog is different and you may need to personalize their fitness program based on their needs. For example, a 6 month old puppy may need a different exercise plan then an adult dog with medical conditions.
Consider trying out different activities to see what your best friend likes and you can modify if needed.
Factors to consider when exercising
Whether you have a Wire-haired Dachshund or an English bulldog, your dog’s breed is just one of the factors to think about when you prep your pet for exercise. Consider the following list from Marmol.
In addition, consider if your dog has any medical conditions and plan accordingly. Although your pet may not be able to participate in all forms of exercise, it may help you pick which options work best for your furry friend. Further, a leisurely dog walk is a great option for all pups.
Do certain breeds need more exercise
All dog breeds benefit from daily exercise, but one group stands out. Marmol points out the dog breeds that are typically always ready to play and interact –
“Working breeds! They need jobs and it’s built into every inch of their being. They may need to work their brains and their bodies and they will need a lot of it. Cattle dogs, Border Collies, Shepherds, etc. When choosing one of these breeds you need to make sure that your lifestyle is able to fit in the amount of exercise that they need.”
Tips to incorporate exercise into
your dog’s daily routine:
Ready to start a new routine with your best friend? Fortunately, Marmol dishes on some essential tips for incorporating exercise into your day.
Perfect time to get their legs going, their heart rates up, and a great time to incorporate some training.
Figure out what your pups like
Do they prefer long urban hikes in your neighborhood? Chasing ball in
the backyard? Playdates with their siblings or neighbors? Going to the dog
park? Try different things out, never be afraid to switch things up.
Variety keeps them interested and engaged
Just like you, your furry family members like to try new and fun
things. Consider introducing new activities to keep them learning.
take time for your pet to become accustomed to the new activity or schedule
change, give them time to adapt.
How much exercise does a dog need every day: It depends on your furry family member
Exercise is a fun way for your dog to learn new skills, exert energy, and bond with you. Further, by taking the time to introduce your puppy to exercise and checking in with your veterinarian, your furry family member will look forward to spending time with you every day.
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is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.