As a pet owner, you know taking care of your beloved animals takes a lot of time and effort. But not all pets are the same. Some of our furry friends require more care and specific exercise routines to keep healthy.
Dogs, for instance, can be very active and will need time set aside to play outside or go for daily walks. According to dogster.com, the amount of time a dog spends exercising depends on the breed and the age of the dog. It is also important to take into consideration the dog’s health as this will also be a factor when determining exercise time.
Puppies require a lot less physical activity throughout the day than adult dogs. And a smaller dog, such as a Chihuahua, won’t need as much exercise as a Golden Retriever or a German Shepherd. But not all large breeds are heavily active. Great Danes, although typically large and strong are quite sedentary. According to https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/general-advice-about-caring-for-your-new-puppy-or-dog/puppy-and-dog-walking/, “A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.”
Once you have figured out how much exercise your dog requires,you can now schedule time out of your everyday routine to make sure your dog is staying active. Scheduling the time out of your day to walk your dog makes it much easier to keep the routine and gives your dog structure and something to look forward to everyday.
Now, you might be very keen to start a new daily exercise routine with your dog but as we all know life happens and there will be times when you will be stressed for time. Hiring a dog walker can alleviate some of this stress giving you time to finish your errands and still allowing your dog to stretch his or her legs.
Taking the time out of your day to make sure your dog is always getting the exercise he or she needs, even if it’s not always with you, ensures that your dog is living a healthy and happy life. And ensures you, as the pet owner, are also getting the most out of your companionship.