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What you should keep in mind for your pet’s exercise needs

The age-old adage of a tired dog is a good dog, has many people rolling their eyes, but the truth is that there are few things as important as exercise for your dog’s general and mental wellbeing.

If you are unsure whether your dog is getting enough exercise, we have a couple of pointers ready for you to keep in mind the next time you and your furry friend go for a walk.

  • Puppies

While your puppy might be an adorably active little furball one moment, the next they’ll be sleeping for hours on end. When it comes to exercise, a puppy won’t need extended sessions of activity to keep them happy. Instead, they’ll need several sessions of around 5-10 minutes of playtime with you during the day, before settling down.

These sessions should not be skipped, and are a great way for you and your new best friend to bond!

  • Adult dogs

When it comes to adult dogs, the type of breed will determine how much exercise they will need to stay healthy.

For more active breeds, like terriers, shepherds, pointers, retrievers and scent hounds, you will have to budget 60-90 minute sessions every day. A typical session will include running, playing catch, socialising with other dogs, or a good long walk. Also keep in mind that teaching them some tricks, playing nose games (where they have to sniff out hidden objects) is also a great way to engage them mentally.

Other, low activity breeds like giant and toy breeds, as well as French bulldogs, Shih Tzu’s and pugs will need around 30 to 60 minutes of activity every day. A typical session for these breeds can include a walk, or a couple of games of fetch in the backyard.

  • Older dogs

Older dogs may have difficulty with moving, and may tire out sooner on their walks, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get exercise. Most senior dogs do well on 30 to 60 minutes of activity over the course of around two sessions a day. In terms of activity, a walk should be more than enough, but if they are struggling with joint issues, you can consider swimming as a great alternative.

Need more advice to keep your dog active. Contact us today or book a check-up.

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