This is the Amount of Exercise That Your Dog Need Daily

by Felesha Scott

Dogs need anywhere from about 20 minutes of exercise at a minimum daily or at least three times per week to one hour or an hour and a half if your dog is super active and seems to be a very high energy dog.

Exercises like power walks, dancing (Musical freestyle), swimming, agility training like jumping through hula hoops or over barriers, tug of war and fetch will have a significant impact on your dogs’ health and mood in great ways. Reducing the chance for obesity and also diseases like arthritis that may affect your dog later on.

Dog Jumping Obstacle Training

It’s crucial to have your dogs exercise especially if they are hyperactive and exhibit any behavioral problems. Your dogs need an outlet that helps them relieve their high energy. Exercise promotes everything great with your dog, including keeping him healthy and helping your dog to keep a calm temperament.

Woman Playing With Her Dog Outside

Dog Destructive Behavior

So often a dog becomes destructive, plays very rough, they tear apart furniture, they get into the garbage and is continually jumping on people that are around, and many dog owners think that their dog is a bad dog. This is where the miscommunication lies between dogs and their owners.

These are all symptoms of a dog that is physically and mentally stimulated and needs to get that outlet that helps him use up that energy. Yes, walking may be useful for a lot of dogs, but if you have a super high energy dog then walking your dog isn’t gonna do much good at all. You’ve got to get your dog outside and teach him to fetch.

Playing Fetch With Dog

Golden Retriever Catching Frisbee

The number one thing you can teach a dog particularly a dog with a lot of energy is to fetch and do it efficiently. This may take about an hour to an hour and a half per day to get them tired depending on your dog. Fetch is one of the ways how to tire out a dog quickly.

Have your dogs exercise for about an hour to an hour and a half a day four to five times a week. Have shorter sessions in hot weather that are fairly significantly to 30 through 45 minutes. Some dogs may be able to play for a longer time than other dogs so try to read your dog and avoid pushing him too hard.

We love our dogs, but they can be major brats when they are not tired, so we’ve got to ensure that our dogs are getting the exercise that they need and so rightfully deserve. Dogs are so highly adaptable to what we ask them to do. They’re very versatile animals which is why they embed themselves in our society.

I think depending on how you look at it they may be the ones domesticating us in a lot of ways because if you look at the symbiotic relationship between dogs and people. The way how we rely on one another, it’s such a win-win relationship.

My Dog Won’t Fetch

Golden Retriever Playing Fetch

Fetch doesn’t have to be with a Frisbee a ball will do just fine. Frisbee takes a little more training. When you’re starting out with fetch at first and even after you’ve done it a lot, you may find it to be more enjoyable than using a Frisbee or the other way around.

One of the biggest mistakes I think people make during fetch is that they are so unengaging and so uninteresting. Having your energy up is essential for your dog’s playfulness.

Even if you don’t think you can match your dogs’ energy, you can still do things like tossing the ball or Frisbee at a farther distance. When your dog brings it back, you rub his head, provide some positive enforcement and throw the ball again.

So often people don’t get the immediate response that they are looking for when they’re playing with their dog, they think the dog is bored and is not interested in playing when it is because of our low energy, why our dog acts the way they do. 

As long as you are genuinely having fun with your dog, the dog will react to that and play more, essentially using up that built up energy.

Dog Exercise Needs by Breed

Golden Retriever Runs and Plays in Grass

Remember also that some dogs just like to chill. Take your stereotypical basset hound, for example, they have might no interest in playing Frisbee. Some do. Some don’t. When it comes to your dogs, you can’t stereotype.

Even a dog breed exercise chart will fail to be accurate for all dogs of the same breed. One of the biggest problems in dog training today is the over stereotyping of dog breeds, which is why you should try to do very little of it.

It is more important to try to understand your dog and give him/her exercise base on their level of energy and playfulness than to assume that your dog does not need to exercise as much because he is a Bulldog or Bull Mastiff.

The same can be said about so-called low energy small dogs.

Dog Playing Fetch With Owner in the Park

What Should You do if You Think Your Dog is Getting Bored With Training?

Puppy in a Park With Owner

What you should do with your dog when he’s at that point when you know he’s just getting bored is to try to make it more interesting for him. Do things like pick up your tone a little bit and try and get more exciting with what you’re trying to engage your dog in.

But remember that if you really want to succeed, you must be genuine. Play a little tug with the ball or a Frisbee. Your dog feeds off your energy, so your attitude is very important.

When we have that high energy dog, the traditional advice has been to fight it. You have a dog that jumps on you. So try to get him to be calm by being really stern and really strict with them. As dog owners, we should embrace their energy and give them that natural outlet that they so want and deserve.

Man’s Best Friend

Woman Doing Exercise With Dog

We don’t bring dogs into our life so we can make them miserable and calm. We bring them into our lives to make their lives and our lives better. If your dog is hyper, bring him outside, let him play.

Take some time to structure your dog’s training. Your dogs’ hyperactivity is energy that has been building up. Take your dog outside and play with him. It may just be what he’s been missing. He’s not really a bad dog, just full of energy.

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