How much exercise does your dog need?

Exercise prevents pets from becoming obese, and it also keeps them mentally stimulated, which can help prevent behavioral problems brought on by boredom.
Different dog breeds have different exercise needs
in terms of their energy levels.
High-energy breeds, such as border collies, Labrador retrievers, Australian shepherds and Siberian huskies, all need a lot of exercise on a daily basis. A couple of quick walks per day is not enough for these breeds. They will need longer walks and outdoor play sessions to burn off their energy.


Medium-energy breeds, such as cocker spaniels, schnauzers, dachshunds and Maltese, need an average amount of exercise each day. Longer walks and some outdoor time are usually enough for these breeds. They can also get the exercise they need by playing inside when it’s too hot, cold or rainy to go out.


Low-energy breeds, such as bulldogs, greyhounds, pugs and great Danes, generally only need a moderate walk or a bit of playtime inside or outside. Even though they don’t require much, they do still need some physical activity on a daily basis.


Pets have varying exercise needs based on how old they are.
Puppies tend to have a lot of energy as they grow. They often do well with several shorter bouts of physical activity throughout the day, such as outdoor playtime or walks.


Senior dogs might have trouble getting around due to arthritis or other health issues, but regular exercise is still important. Older dogs need some physical activity each day to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and keep their joints flexible. Talk to your vet about the right amount of exercise and safe physical activities for your senior dog.

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