Is Your Dog Getting Enough Exercise?

A precocious little scamp running around.

Your pet’s well-being is our top priority here at Aunt B’s Pet Resort & Spa. And since exercise is one of the biggest factors that affects how healthy and happy your dog is, we’re careful to make sure each pet who stays with us gets enough activity on a daily basis. How much exercise does your pup need? Here are a few of the dog exercise guidelines that we follow at Aunt B’s.

Exercise Guidelines by Age

If Rover is healthy and in his prime, he’ll most likely need more exercise every day than either a puppy or an elderly dog. In fact, if your best four-legged friend is particularly young or old, it’s best to let him choose the amount and intensity of his exercise.

For puppies, several short play sessions of 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day are often plenty of physical activity. It’s true that puppies are famously rambunctious and love to run around. However, they also get tired out very quickly. Besides that, too much activity can damage your puppy’s skeleton, which continues to develop until he’s fully grown.

Senior dogs also tend to get tired more quickly than their younger counterparts. It’s important to pay attention to an older pup’s energy levels during exercise. If he seems to be worn out or not enjoying the workout anymore, it’s time to take a break.

Exercise Guidelines by Breed

In general, breeds that have traditionally been working or sporting dogs need more exercise every day than other breeds. Shepherds and retrievers, for example, thrive when they have an active lifestyle. These dogs can generally handle up to 90 minutes of walking, running, and playing every day, and some may want even more activity than that.

If your pup isn’t a working or sporting breed, aim to give him a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 minutes of exercise every day. Dogs that are very large and very small — such as mastiffs and Chihuahuas — fall into this category. So do breeds with short noses, such as pugs. Of course, every pet is unique, and you should always pay attention to your pooch’s energy and engagement during exercise.

The Takeaway

Wondering if your furry friend is getting enough exercise every day? Use these guidelines as a starting point, and talk to the vet if you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s daily workout. If you’re not sure whether your pup gets enough exercise while you’re at work, give us a call — our doggie daycare service at Aunt B’s Pet Resort & Spa can help keep your pet healthy and active every day.