Exercise For Your Dog At Various Ages
Dogs will need differing levels of exercise according to their ages. Expecting a young puppy to complete a long two-hour walk is like expecting your toddler or young child to also do this. The same applies to older dogs when they start slowing down and can no longer keep the same pace that they once did.
Here is a guide to give you an idea on the right way to exercise dogs as they pass through each life stage:
- Exercising A Puppy
- Exercising An Adult Dog
- Exercising A Senior Dog
- Exercising A Dog When They Are Poorly
When your dog has been diagnosed with a serious long-term health condition or they are poorly, it might be best to limit the amount of exercise they are getting.
Ask your vet for advice when it comes to the amount of exercise that your pet needs which will usually depend on their illness or health condition.
Mix up your pet’s routine to ensure they do not get bored. Try taking your dog for a daily walk and add a few exercises into the mix.
You should aim to combine training and playtime into your daily exercise routines for your dog. This will help you to form a close bond with your dog and keep your pet’s body and mind active. Try to let your dog spend a bit of time off their lead in a secured area to allow them to sniff and run. If this space includes your garden, ensure the space is large enough for the breed (e.g. large dogs will need a big garden). If you need to find another space, make sure it is dog-friendly and secure.
If your pet does not have the best recall, look into secure local dog-play areas to allow them to have fun and run free.
Here are a few articles you can refer to that covers specific exercise types:
- Get Running With Your Dog
- Exercising Your Dog When You Are Physically Impaired
- Exercise With Your Dog
Keep in mind that walking your dog needs to be done daily rather than something that you sometimes do on weekends. This is even more important if your dog is overweight, or for an older dog that still enjoys a bit of time outdoors where that can walk around and have a sniff. If you are unable to find the time to walk your dog, considering dog walking services is recommended.
Ask your vet whether your exercise program for your dog is suitable.
What To Do When Your Dog Doesn’t Like To Walk
Similar to humans, not every dog will enjoy exercise and every dog will have different types of exercise needs. It is common to find the same breed dogs being completely different from each other, with one that is more laid-back and the other being extremely high-energy.
Unfortunately, in certain cases, dogs can have a fear of the outdoors. Speak to an accredited and experienced behaviorist or your vet when your dog appears anxious. Never force your pet to go outdoors as this can become an unpleasant experience for your dog and you and your pet may develop a phobia.
Obviously, it is still important that your dog is getting the exercise that it needs, but when they are not keen to walk on a leash (and the advice given from your accredited behaviorist), there are other ways to include other forms of exercise. This can include playtime, interactive games, or even running around your garden.