How Much Exercise Does A Dog Really Need?
All Dogs Need Exercise
I am sure you are all aware dogs need exercise. In this topic I am going to try to help you understand the elements to look for and the effects you might experience if your dog is not getting the required exercise they need. The bare minimum exercise time could range from 30 minutes to 2 hours per day.
There is a to
o wide variety of requirements to cover to be specific to every ones needs. I am going to try to generalize in each element and you will need to follow up on a little specific research specific to your pet.
What Breed Dog Do You Have
thing you need to consider is the breed of dog you have. This is why it is so hard to be specific to everyone. What you will need to think about is from the instinctive requirements for your dog, what where they bred to do. I will give a few examples.
If you have a Terrier for dogs breed, they will have an instinct to perform a certain duty. Most terriers were bred to hunt vermin. Over centuries, they have picked up and developed natural features and instinctive habits from this. Most of them are small in stature, very high-strung, fast, and like to borrow.
If you have a Spaniel for dogs breed, they will have a bit different features and habits. Spaniels are typically a more medium-sized dog with flowing hair, wide feet, and a love for the water. This is because they were bred to flush out birds and retrieve water foul.
If you have St. Bernard for dogs breed, you know these are very large dogs. This breed was used for working in the Italian alpine. They are large, strong, and require a lot of exercise. These dogs were often used to keep track of livestock that free ranged in the mountains. When able to run loose on their own they can have a personal space that ranges up to 5 miles in radius.
So, you can see where the wide range of requirements just between these three examples. This is the genetic foundation of what your dog is bred to require for exercise.
Here’s Your Sign
Once you look into what your dogs breed was used to do. Now you might be able to recognize the reason behind your dogs behaviors. Does your little dog borrow under the blankets when you take them to bed? Do you have one of those dogs that brings everything to you and lays it at your feet? Does that dog that seems to be half horse try to corral your kids when they are small and try to wander off?
Who ever said dogs can’t talk? If you pay close attention to the things they do, you will begin to recognize their natural, instinctive talents. This can tell you if they are getting the required exercise they need.
If that little dog is running in circles and borrowing under the cushions of the couch before bed. He may not have had enough exercise that day.
If that medium-sized dog is dragging every toy in the house out and putting it at your feet before bed. He may not have gotten enough exercise for the day.
If that pony you call a dog will not let the kids sleep at bed time. He may not have had enough exercise that day.
You can see where I am going with this. These are instinctive behaviors that come out when a dog is restless. That is what they think they are supposed to do. Keeping that in mind, their are other things that dogs will do if they are not getting the exercise they need. Just to name a few, chew on furniture, get in the trash, and run off when you are trying to let them out before bed.
Who’s Fault Is It Anyway
Destructive behavior is typically a result of a dog who is not getting their needs fulfilled. These domesticated animals are brought in to a house and love you for it but still have that desire to chase vermin, swim for a bird, or run the mountains for hours on end. Their mind and body need some form of activity to replace the absence of that ability that is bred in to them.
Do you have a job you go to every day? What do you do with your dog when you are gone? Mine are crated. They have been trained to do this. It is their safe place. The crate is open when I am home and they still go in their to relax on their own at times. It is OK for some dogs. My point behind that is they are crated. They pretty much have no other option but to lie around all day and do nothing. We try to make it a habit, whoever gets home first gets to take them out and throw a ball for a while. They are really upset if we can’t. Believe me they let you know for the rest of the evening.
Go Out And Play
Dogs love to play! This is the easiest form of exercise you can help your dog get. It is good for you too! I know it is hard to do through the week. Most folks doing the daily grind and trying to bring home the bacon treats! I know our dogs get more exercise on the weekends.
Try to plan for them to be involved in your weekend activities. They really do need the exercise. It is up to you to help them get it.
I will leave you with this, all dogs need exercise. The amount will differ from breed to breed. I can assure you if they are not getting what they require they are telling you in some way, shape, or form. Look into what breed you have and the instinctive behaviors they should be showing. When they are doing things that can be destructive it could be a natural behavior to them. They may only be doing it because they need more exercise. If you take the time to play, go for a long walk, or some kind of activity on a regular basis I will almost guarantee you once they are getting the exercise they need the unwanted behavior will stop.
This is my opinion, it is based on experience from years of living with dogs. No one is perfect, not even dogs but keep in mind they will always be cool!
As always, feel free to comment. Share your experiences. If you have a question, I will do my best to answer. And please email a picture if you have one of the coolest dogs on the planet too.