Dogs need walks for both exercise and mental stimulation. Would you rather have a sick and bored dog, or a healthy and happy dog? Remember, your dog depends on you for her quality of life.


What kind of exercise does my dog need?

Daily exercise is ideal, although every three days is the recommended MINIMUM. This will help keep his frame strong, keep him at a healthy weight, and can help alleviate arthritis or other joint problems. Consistency is important, and his heart rate should be elevated for at least 20 minutes per session (though you can and should build to this if he is out of shape). 30-minute walks are generally recommended. In addition to mid-day potty breaks, we offer early morning (for those hot southern summers!) and afternoon walks at intervals of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 1 hour walks for high-energy pups.


How do you achieve the best results from each walk?

By allowing your dog to follow you while on a walk, you relieve her of the mental work of leading the pack, and she is free to take in her environment while following. Daily walks are best, but every three days is usually considered the minimum. This will help relieve any issues your dog may be dealing with, such as hyper-activity, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, separation anxiety, destructive behavior, and so forth.


What if my dog is a lower energy breed?

If your dog is breed with a lower exercise, walks are still necessary to keep your dog’s mind balanced. “The better shape your canine friend is in, the healthier he will be, mentally and physically.” Every dog has a different energy level, so even if you have a “low energy” breed, he may still be more active than most!


Do small dogs need exercise?

Yes! Though little dogs may seem to get more exercise scooting around the house, duration of non-stop walking is key to their fitness and, ultimately, happiness. At least twenty minutes of sustained exercise is required to provide aerobic activity, no matter the size!


* Dog obesity – a growing problem! *

As the obesity epidemic grows in America, it is now becoming a prevalent issue in dogs as well. “Just as in people, obesity in dogs is associated with various health problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, hypertension and various types of neoplasia such as mammary cancer and transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. These dog health conditions associated with dog obesity negatively impact the quality of life and longevity for our overweight canine companions and dramatically increase the cost of their veterinary care.” Check out this article by Cesar to find out how to find your dog’s ideal weight, diet, and ways to address obesity in your dog. Simple exercise is a great way to prevent and treat obesity in your dog!


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