How Much Exercise Does My New Dog Need?

How Much Exercise Does My New Dog Need?

For us humans, exercise is key to our well-being. An elevated heart rate ensures that we stay fit and combined with a healthy diet, virtually guarantees a better quality of life. Exercise is also extremely important for our dogs.

Their hearts also need to beat faster, whether it’s purely from excitement at the sight of a leash promising an outing, or from actual physical exertion. Determining the amount of exercise for a new dog is directly related to his breed and temperament. What’s considered a slow jog for a German Shepherd might be an all-out sprint for a Scottish Terrier. To match those long loping strides, his little legs will have to work twice as hard!

Many Jack Russells on the other hand, have a seemingly inexhaustible capacity for exercise, giving their pet parent a great workout. Different breeds have different needs. Your new dog’s age and health must also be taken into account. A dog with a health problem should not be made to exert himself too much and an old dog probably won’t have enough energy for an exhausting run. A young dog will have lots of energy and a good run is a perfect outlet for that. It also helps to establish a routine.

Make a habit of running/walking your dog every day if possible, you will soon be able to see what his exercise needs are. Don’t forget to be well-prepared. Take a bowl along so that he can have a drink if he needs it. A small snack can also encourage a boisterous dog to pay attention to your commands. Make exercise an enjoyable event, because most dogs won’t need encouragement, as they love the excitement of seeing and smelling new things!

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