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Dog Exercise Tips All Dog Owners Must Be Aware Of

The modern lifestyle places plenty of demands on your time. If you’re a dog owner, one of the things most likely to suffer is the amount of time you spend with your dog.

Now, while it may be easy to assign exercising your dog to the “optional” list – after all, the dog’s not going to file a complaint – I would strongly urge you not to do this.

Whatever breed, age, or size your dog is he needs exercise. And as his guardian it is your responsibility to see that he gets it.

In this article I discuss 5 important things to consider about exercising your dog.

1.How Much Exercise?

How much exercise you give your dog depends on a number of factors. As a rule of thumb, working and herding breeds require the most exercise, toy breeds the least.

Bigger dogs usually need more exercise than smaller ones, although this isn’t always true – a Beagle, for example, will probably need more activity than, say, a Saint Bernard. There’s also age to consider – exercise should be scaled up as a dog matures, and scaled down as he approaches his golden years.

Theses are, of course, generalizations, but it’s quite easy to do a bit of research and find out exactly what your breed’s exercise needs are.

2. Start Slowly, Scale Up Gradually

If you’ve just started a regular exercise routine with your dog, don’t over do it. Start with a short walk and increase it by 10 minutes or so each day. You wouldn’t want to do your dog (and possibly yourself!) and injury.

3. The Best Exercise for Your Dog

Not all breeds are created equal. A Husky or Border Collie will run all day, while a short walk will be sufficient for a Bulldog or Pekingese.

Don’t over exercise your dog. It could be result in injury, even possibly, death. Find out what the breed needs and adjust accordingly.

4. Dogs Love Games

Besides walking, you should definitely incorporate some games into your exercise routine. All dogs love to play, and the cool thing is that it gives them a mental, as well as a physical, workout.

To get the most out of this choose a game that taps into your dog’s natural instincts – fetching games for retrievers, chasing games for terriers, finding games for hounds, and so on.

The important thing is to get your dog working and thinking, and games are a great way to do this.

5. Running and Hiking With Your Dog

If you’re a person who loves the great outdoors, you should involve your dog in these activities. What better way to bond with your dog?

Do remember though that strenuous outdoor activities are not suited to all dogs. Some toy breeds can be quite fragile, while breeds like Bulldogs and Pugs can develop breathing problems if over-exerted.

Hopefully, these five tips will help you to enjoy the time you spend exercising your dog. The pay-off is a calm, balanced dog, and a deep bond between dog and owner.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on February 18, 2012

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