In order to keep your canine happy and healthy, they need to be receiving a healthy amount of exercise every day. Walking Fido can help with social behavior, increase the bond between the two of you, and provide them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. But there’s often the questions of how long you should be walking your dog. Breed, age, and health conditions are all going to play factors into how much exercise is healthy for your dog, but size also plays a significant role. Here’s a breakdown of how long you should be walking your canine companion based on their size.
Even though most small dog breeds, like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers, tend to be less active, they still need to get in their daily exercise. Regular walks with your little pup can help in reducing their aggression, anxiety, and hyperactivity.
In general, about 30 minutes of walking a day is recommended for smaller dogs. It’s also suggested that this time be broken down into multiple short segments. So two 15-minute walks a day would be ideal.
However, it’s also crucial to keep in mind that many small dogs are Brachycephalic – making it difficult for them to breathe. For these pups, you might want to lower their exercise to 20 minutes a day. You can try to slowly increase this time to see if they’re able to handle more, but it’s recommended that you don’t exceed 30 minutes a day when it comes to Brachycephalic dog breeds.
Knowing the appropriate amount of exercise that a medium-sized dog breed needs can be tricky since these breeds can vary to low-energy to highly athletic. So with this in mind, 40 to 80 minutes of walking a day are what’s recommended. Depending on your pup’s breed (whether they’re known for being couch potatoes or agility course experts), you can decide which end of the scale best fits your furry friend. No one knows your canine better than you, so also consider that when determining how much exercise is appropriate for them.
A vast majority of large dog breeds are known to be energetic and active, although there are a few that are more laid back. Breeds that are identified as hunting, sporting, or working dogs will need more extensive and rigorous exercise. Additionally, these canines also are bred to cover a lot of ground, so they’ll typically prefer longer walks through trails or nature hikes. Some of these breeds can comfortably and happily walk 10 miles or more, so that’s also important to keep in mind.
In general, no matter the breed, large dogs need a bare minimum of 30 minutes of walking a day, but for many breeds, this can (and may need to be) extended up to two hours (maybe even more for exceptionally high energy dogs).
No matter your pup’s size or breed, though, they should be receiving regular walks at some capacity. If you’re unsure of how much exercise is appropriate for your canine, you can always call their veterinarian to get their personal recommendation with Fido’s medical history in mind.
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