It’s something so important to our best friends, but ask yourself – how much exercise does my dog really need? A tired dog is usually a happy dog and every pup, regardless of their size needs a decent amount of time to expend some of their energy daily.
It’s also important for their mental health and can alleviate bad behaviour which is born out of boredom or anxiety.
We’ve put together a quick view list of breeds based on what they were bred to do and the typical amount of time they need on the treadmill. Remember though, no one knows your dog like you do so adjust this guide to your needs and take into consideration your canine’s health, age and any other ailments.
Terriers: From the little Jack Russell to the larger Airedale, these dogs are ordinarily quite bouncy and full of charismatic charm. Although they have significant exercise requirements, these dogs are smaller than say, the herding and sporting breeds and they can get a good amount of daily exercise around the garden. But they should get a minimum of 60-minutes exercise daily in one form or another.
Hounds: Think Blood Hounds, Pointers, Beagles and even Dachshunds! These are a very diverse group that encompasses the sight hounds and scent hounds. Sight hounds like Greyhounds may have lower exercise needs, they are sprinters that release energy in quick bursts. Allow them a couple of harder sprint workouts per week. Scent hounds have higher exercise needs, like the herding and sporting dogs so 1 hour, twice daily should be sufficient but again, you know your dog but anything less than that and you may well have an unhappy, naughty dog on your hands.
Herding and Sporting Dogs: Both groups need A LOT of exercise and should get at least 60-90 minutes of higher intensity exercise daily, twice daily is even better. These are working dogs and are easily bored, so make them work their brains out! These types of dogs need both physical and mental stimulation so get your game face on and play a little hide and seek when you can’t be out on a walk. There are also some fun doggy brain training games and puzzles on the market.
If you are looking for some cool toys and games, here’s a link to help you! https://www.traininglines.co.uk/interactive-dog-toys/
Happy shopping and here’s to your happy, healthy, worn out dog.