How Much Exercise Your Dogs Need

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Every dog--no matter how big or small they are--needs exercise every day. While some breeds have some special needs and dogs slow down as they age, they still need some form of physical activity to stay healthy. For instance, canines with short legs or smushed snouts might have trouble doing intense physical activities. On the other hand, if the dog is naturally a runner, you need to give them the opportunity to run outdoors. 

How Much Exercise is Too Much?

Exercise does not only burns fat but it also improves digestive and metabolic functions and tones muscles. Here's a guide you need to determine the kinds of physical activities ideal for your four-legged pals:

Long-legged & Short-nosed 

  • Chow Chows, Mastiffs, Boxers
  • 20 to 30 minutes brisk walks

Large Breed

  • Height/Girth
  • Great Danes, Bernese, Mountain Dogs, Greyhounds
  • 30 minutes brisk walks
  • Hikes and lengthy runs are difficult for these dog breeds

Short-legged & Short-nosed 

  • Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers
  • Obstacle courses
  • Short Walks for 20 to 30 minutes

Short-legged & Standard Snout

  • Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers
  • Slow jog for 20 minutes

Long-Backed, Short-legged & Long Snout

  • Basset Hounds and Dachshunds
  • Brisk Walks
  • Playing fetch for 20 minutes

Long-legged & Standard Snout

  • Pointers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks
  • Can run as many as three miles (After turning one year old)
Water Dogs
  • Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Springer Spaniels, Poodles
  • 20 to 30 minutes swimming 



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