When it Comes to Exercising Your Dog, How Much is Needed?

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Did You Know?/Information

The importance of exercise in humans has been proven many times. So what about our canine friends? Is it really enough to only feed them correctly and give them the occasional walk? What are the benefits of exercise to dogs?

All dogs need sufficient exercise. Not only to remain healthy, but to maintain the correct weight, keep their organs functioning in the correct manner, to keep their claws at a reasonable length and last, but certainly not least, to ensure that they are accustomed to being in the same vicinity as the public.

Studies, along with experience, have shown that those particular dogs that are in fact receiving adequate exercise are much happier and certainly healthier. They are also more social when they are present in public places. The dog is also calmer at home and less restless when left at home alone, when it receives the correct amount of exercise. However, the same as feeding your dog, choosing the right quantity and quality of exercise for your dog should depend on several factors. These factors include age, size, and the type of breed.

Age - Puppies require daily exercise in order to develop the appropriate muscles. The release of the puppies high energy levels is vitally important in order to keep it calm and satisfied, therefore it is necessary to give them daily exercise. If a puppy cannot release its high levels of energy then this could lead to destructive behavior such as chewing or digging when in the home or garden. However, a mature, aging dog does not need quite as much exercise due to their lower energy levels.

Size - Research has proven that large dogs do not necessarily require more exercise than small dogs. In actual fact, many large breeds such as the Mastiff or Great Dane would rather relax and take it easy on the front porch of your house all day, rather than go out for a 2 mile walk. It is not a breed of dog that would come bounding towards you as soon as you picked up its leash. Nevertheless, it is necessary for them to receive their daily exercise also, perhaps one or two 30 minute walks everyday. Whilst on the other hand, many types of small breeds such as the Jack Russell Terrier or Chihuahua still have enough energy and keep on going even after a three-mile walk.

Type Of Breed - Depending on the breed of the dog is also a large factor when it comes to the amount of exercise it requires. For example, dogs that were originally bred to herd, such as the Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, and German Shepherd need to receive sufficient exercise every day. Hunting dogs, that were initially bred for the purpose of hunting, are another example of the breed of dog that requires daily exercise. Examples of these hunting dogs are the Beagle, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and German Hunt Terrier. And last, but certainly not least, sled dogs such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Alaskan Malamute share the same high level of energy as the herding dogs and hunting dogs therefore, the need to be exercised on a regular basis is highly important.

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