By Kelly Marshall
There are more than 300 breeds of dogs, and they vary in all sizes, categories, temperaments, and exercise requirements.
For all breeds, there should be some form of activity, whether it be walking, fetching for toys, playing in the yard, or supervised swimming in the pool.
You’ll need to consider if there is any heat or cold sensitivities with your particular breed, and any health considerations such as diabetes, kidney problems or obesity.
In fact, to take it a step further, it’s a good rule of thumb to take your dog to the veterinarian and have the doctor recommend an activity/exercise plan for your canine.
Smaller, indoor dogs, usually considered “lap dogs” don’t require the active routines of working dogs.
Usually small breed dogs are more sensitive to heat and cold and walking them in either of these extremes should be avoided. There is an increased chance of them getting heat exhaustion or hypothermia.
Mild weather between 60-80 degrees is perfect for these dogs, especially if they have long or thick hair. Usually only 5-10 minutes per day or every other day is all that’s needed to keep them at their most vital.
Dogs that are bred for hunting, sporting activities, police force, or accompanying a person on hikes or camping excursions, thrive on high levels of brisk activity, and are best suited to be owned by people who lead athletic lives outdoors.
A lack of exercising these dogs can lead to medical problems, such as depression, anxiety, destructive behavior, and weight gain. However, if a person will merely bring the dog along on their regular morning run or jogs, that’s often all it takes to maintain the required activity level.
Your pooch will feel “honored” when you have them accompany you on your workout regime. This precious time will bond you two closer together as well.
If you have a mixed breed dog, try for 15 minutes of walking 3 times a week.
Pay attention to how your pet responds. If they still seem restless, then it’s time to bump up their activity level. If they get fatigued during that time, then cut down a bit and build up their stamina.
An active dog is a healthy dog. Activity will also help ward off disease, behavioral problems, and obesity.
No matter what exercise you choose for your pet, above all make sure that’s it an activity that you both enjoy.
When you keep your dog active, you’re also doing yourself a favor as well. So take that first step, and do something that makes both of you happier, healthier and more vital.
Kelly Marshall is a featured author on Oh My Dog Supplies. For more articles by Kelly visit Oh My Dog Supplies.