Is Your Dog Getting Too Much Or Too Little Exercise?

September 4, 2017

The right amount of exercise for your dog

It is important for your pooch to get enough exercise. But, you as a responsible dog owner must know that too much exercise might be just as bad as getting too little. So, how do you know if you’re hitting the sweet spot with Fido’s exercise program?

Read below and learn these useful indicators that can hint if your canine friend is getting the right amount of doggy workout.

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Too Little Exercise:

  • Your dog is a bit chubby and pudgy (the obvious one)
  • Your dog is hyperactive (think: excessive chewing, digging, barking)
  • Improper elimination

Too Much Exercise:

  • During exercise, your dog starts to lag or suddenly stops to lie down
  • Excessive panting, wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Signs of distress or agitation
  • Signs of lameness

So, What’s The Right Amount Of Dog Exercise?

We won’t be beating around the bush: An average of 1 to 2 hours of exercise per day is right amount for the majority of domestic canines.

However, breed, age, and your dog’s overall health are important factors that might impact Fido’s training, so you should try and tailor an exercise program that is specific to your dog’s needs.

For instance, short-nosed breeds (think pugs and bulldogs) don’t really tolerate aerobic exercises like running, swimming, and walking, while long-snouted breeds (retrievers and collies) enjoy these very much.

Consult your vet for further instructions and tailoring of your pooch’s unique workout plan.

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