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How Much Exercise Should Your Dog Get?

by Alvin Nguyen

How Much Exercise Should Your Dog Get?

Do you ever get annoyed of your dog for being too hyperactive? Does he destroy pillows, dig holes in your yard, and sneak out of the house when you are not looking? These behavioral issues might be an easier fix then you think! It will also make you healthier.

Dogs Can be little furry balls of energy if they don’t get to release their pent-up energy it can lead to some serious behavior issues. The old saying goes “A tired boi, is a good boi.” Take your dog out more and get some exercise.

Each dog breed requires different duration of exercise. A walk around the block will be more than enough for your chihuahua but will be a warm up for your Doberman. Always talk to your veterinarian about how much exercise your dog needs. Pay attention to your dog’s needs. If your dog is taking frequent breaks after 60 minutes of running, you might be overdoing it. However, if your dog is constantly pacing back and forth he might need more activity to satisfy his needs.


Puppies do not need as much exercise as adolescents. Puppies will wake up full of energy and take naps throughout the day. 5-10 minutes of play time dispersed throughout the day will be enough to satisfy the new born.

Avoid long walks and running with young pups. Their joints are still growing and developing. Excessive exercise will cause injury and can stunt growth.

Teenage Dogs

Teen dogs can be a handful. They require more exercise and discipline to keep them under control. For most large dogs they require at least 30-60 minutes of intense exercise. This can be satisfied by jogging, running, or playing fetch. Taking your dog to the dog park will also satisfy your furry friend’s needs.

Long walks will not be enough to burn off that extra energy for the day. Walks are better than nothing but make sure you have other ways to engage your dog at home like mental games or puzzles.

Senior Dogs

Senior dogs require less exercise, but it is still essential for their health. Dogs become less active as they age but to stay healthy they need to get the blood flowing. Regular walks throughout the week should be enough. Keep them short and do not push your dog too hard.

Older dogs may have limited mobility, be careful when playing with your dog. Look out for injuries like slipping, sliding into walls, quick turns when playing fetch or keep away.

Mental Exercise

Exercise is very important for your dog. It prevents obesity, osteoarthritis, heart issues, and more. At home keep your dog’s mind sharp with puzzle games and teaching him new tricks. Now that your dog is tuckered out, you can enjoy precious cuddle time before bedtime.



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