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|How much exercise is enough depends on your dog's age, breed, and health.
A 10-month old Irish Terrier puppy is going to need more than a five-year old
Whippet . A sight hound needs short bursts of exercise; guarding dogs don't need
as much overall as sporting breeds who like to hunt all day. Even within a breed, the
need varies. A highly energetic eight-year-old Golden Retriever could easily need
more exercise than a calm three-year old Golden. And geriatric dogs
still need to go for walks--just shorter ones than they used to enjoy.
Generally speaking, a leashed walk around the block isn't going to cut it. Most dogs
need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Your canine pal needs enough that he's
slowed down by the time you stop.
Some general rules of thumb:
Active breeds, like the Siberian Huskey, need a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic
exercise most days of the week, preferably daily. Not all
toy or small breeds get enough exercise inside the house (contrary to popular
belief). Pugs, for example, are prone to obesity and need much more
exercise than they usually get.
It's not safe to go out in extremely hot or cold weather.
During such periods, stay inside and teach tricks to engage your dog's mind,
throw toys, or run up and down the stairs together, dance, play hide
and seek with treats, there are a whole host of great dog toys to engage the interest
of your dog..
Good exercise uses both mental and physical muscles. Exploring a new hiking trail,
for example, engages your dog's mind as well as his body. Live by the philosophy
that a tired dog is a happy dog.
And Remember, Always keep your pal on leash in open areas.