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Great Ways to Exercise With Your Dog

Regular exercise is essential to stay healthy and fit. Dogs are no exception to this. Exercise is just one of your dog's basic needs. Life gets busy, so many of us forget to give our dogs the exercise they need.

How Much Daily Exercise Does a Puppy Need?
Puppies generally have more energy than adult dogs and so require more exercise in short bursts — like the zoomies. Since puppies are constantly growing, including several short walks or play sessions throughout the day is a safer choice than going for one really long walk, as this can be too hard on your puppy’s developing body. Ultimately, every puppy is different, and the more time you spend with your pup the more you will learn about how much exercise she needs to keep her happy — and you sane!

How Much Exercise Does an Adult Dog Need?
Your dog’s health is also important.Your dog’s breed heavily influences the level of physical activity he needs. High-energy breeds, such as Border Collies and Belgian Malinois, require a lot more exercise than low-energy breeds like the Bulldog or Basset Hound.In general, most dogs should get one to two hours of exercise daily to help keep them healthy. 1 A senior Shih Tzu may just want to loaf around on the sofa while an adult Border Collie, Rhodesian ridgeback, or Bluetick Coonhound might be doing agility for four hours a day and still want more. No two dogs are the same, so discovering your dog’s exercise needs may require some trial and error. When in doubt, give your dog as much exercise as she wants, but be careful not to overdo it.

What Kind of Exercise Is Best for My Dog?
There are many activities you can do with your dog while exercising at the same time. Some activities provide more exercise for your dog than for you but are still a fun way to bond. Play fetch with a ball or disc, visit the dog park. Do you want your dog to get involved in dog sports? Agility, ball, swimming,and herding competitions are great places to start.

Running with your dog is like multitasking -- you and your four-legged athlete get to enjoy the great outdoors while increasing stamina and strengthen muscles. Running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in tip-top shape. Canine fitness is an important part of overall health. Plus, having a running buddy can be an important source of motivation.

If your dog has a lot of energy or pounds to burn off, find an agility group or class. This high-energy, running, jumping competitive sport is not only great exercise, but develops confidence and new skills.A simple game of fetch can be all that is needed for your dog's daily exercise fix. Fetch is easy to squeeze into busy schedules, as there is no need to travel far to fit in a game. A close-by park or backyard works great and on rainy days, fetch can be an indoor sport, played from the comfort of your couch.

The best forms of exercise for any animal are the activities they would naturally do. For dogs, playing with other dogs fits that definition. Dr. Spelman notes, "If you watch a group of dogs in this setting, they create their own games and expend their extra energy they way they choose."



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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.

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