How often should an owner walk his/her dog? Determining the frequency and time spent on doggy walks depends on multiple factors. Such factors include the dog’s age, energy level, body condition, and breed.
Another important factor is the owner’s schedule and occupation and how much time one is able to spend with the dog outdoors.
While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, these tips apply for any breed.
Do I need to Walk my Dog Every Day?
Exercise needs are based on your dog’s age, breed, size, and overall health, but a good rule of thumb is you should spend at least 30 minutes every day on an activity with your dog. Younger dogs and dogs bred for sports or herding activities may need much more.
Puppies under the age of 1 year have a lot more energy compared to adult dogs. That’s why they need to spend time outdoors more frequently. Also, they need to be taught basic hygiene habits outside the home. Keep in mind that in order to learn how to walk on a leash, you will have to practice the routine at least 3 times daily with pups.
Middle-aged dogs (5-8 years of age) and senior dogs (over 8 years of age) don’t need much exercise, but there is always an exception to the rule. Few things to consider are common health issues that may prevent them from truly enjoying their walks outside. Chronic arthritis is especially common for middle-aged and senior dogs. Dogs suffering from arthritis can be reluctant to walking so you should take them for walks one, or better two times a day for short periods of time (10-15 minutes). Although painful, neglecting a regular walking routine can worsen the arthritic state of your furry friend.
Hormonal diseases such as diabetes and hypothyroidism may lower the dog’s stamina levels. The dog will be willing to spend time outside, but it will be physically challenging for him. If they cannot keep up it’s not wise to make them walk the extra mile because their health state can worsen. One walk per day should be enough in these situations. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian for the ideal exercise regime for your dog.
Dog’s Body Condition
Overweight or obese dogs can have a hard time tolerating even short walks. They can take multiple breaks or start panting within 5 minutes after leaving home. If your dog has a problem with obesity you should start with appropriate feeding and exercising regime for his own good.
Try not to rush into things and take your chubby dog on a walk that will last 2 hours. Obese pups get easily tired. That’s why you need to take them out multiple times a day (5-6) times and get back home within 5-10 minutes. Once the dog starts getting in shape you can get down to 2 walks per day, each lasting 20-30 minutes.
Working and sporting breed of dogs definitely need at least 2 walks per day. Such include shepherds collies or pointers. They have higher exercise requirements and you would prefer for them to spend the excess energy outside than inside.
We live busy lives so not everyone can afford to take their dog out twice a day. Busy people can hire a dog walker to walk their dog at least once per day. If you have enough space for your dog to run around outside, a gps dog fence is a great way to let them exercise unsupervised. If that’s not an option, you should at least take a walk with him every other day and supplement his needs for exercise inside the home using dog puzzle toys.
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Also check out our articles on exercise:
- Ways You Can Get Fit With Your Dog
- Obesity in the k9 world
- Why is dog walking important?
- Tips To Keep Your Dogs Healthy
Originally posted 2020-04-06 18:34:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter