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The Ultimate Guide To Exercise For Dogs: How Much, How Often, And What Type?

The Ultimate Guide To Exercise For Dogs: How Much, How Often, And What Type?

Exercise is essential for your dog's health and wellbeing, but how much and what type should you be giving them? This guide explores the different types of exercise, how much to provide, and the potential risks associated with over-exercising. Read on to learn more about providing your pup with the best possible exercise regime!

What type of exercise does my dog need?

Dogs need exercise just like humans do—it’s important for their physical and mental health. But how much exercise does your dog need, and what type of exercise is best?

That depends on a few factors, including your dog’s age, breed, size, health conditions, and energy level. In general, most dogs need at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise (such as a brisk walk) every day. Some dogs may need more than that such as 3 heart thumping sessions a day, while others may be able to get by with less.

Ideally, you should tailor your dog’s exercise routine to their individual needs. If you’re not sure how much or what type of exercise your dog needs, talk to your veterinarian or a certified dog trainer for guidance. If your dog is becoming destructive then that is a sign that they are not getting enough physical and mental stimulation. 

Benefits of Exercise for Dogs

There are many benefits of exercise for dogs, including improved physical health, mental stimulation, and increased bonding with their humans.

Physical benefits of exercise for dogs include improved cardiovascular health, stronger muscles and bones, better joint health, and improved digestion. Exercise can also help to regulate weight, as well as improve the quality of a dog's coat and skin.

Mental benefits of exercise for dogs include increased confidence, reduced stress and anxiety, improved brain function, and enhanced problem-solving skills. A tired dog is also less likely to display destructive behaviors.

Finally, exercising with your dog can lead to a stronger bond between the two of you. It's a great way to spend quality time together while also giving your dog the mental and physical stimulation they need to stay happy and healthy.

Different types of exercises for dogs

Dogs need exercise just like humans do – it helps them stay fit and healthy. But what type of exercise is best for your dog? And how much should you do?

Here we take a look at the different types of exercises for dogs, how often to do them, and what benefits they offer. You can see the variation of exercise in two ways, one is exercise duration and the other is exercise intensity.

1. Walking

Walking is a great way to get your dog some exercise. It’s low-impact so it’s good for older dogs or those with joint problems. And it’s a good way to bond with your dog too.

How often: A daily walk is ideal especially for younger dogs but 2-3 times per week may also fine in older ones. 

Benefits: Walking helps to keep your dog’s muscles toned and joints healthy. It’s also a good way to socialize your dog if you take them to the park or on walks with other people and dogs.

2. Running/Jogging

Running or jogging is a more strenuous form of exercise than walking but it can be great for dogs that need to burn off some extra energy. It’s important to build up slowly though to avoid ACL tears and injuries – start with shorter distances and gradually increase as your dog gets fitter. And always make sure they have access to water so they don’t overheat.

How often: 2-3 times per week should be enough unless your dog is particularly high energy in which case more.

Safety Precautions to Consider When Exercising Your Dog

There are a few safety precautions you should take when exercising your dog. First, make sure that your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. Second, use a leash when walking or running with your dog. Third, be aware of the temperature and humidity levels outside and adjust your dog's exercise accordingly. Finally, always have fresh water available for your dog to drink.

Alternatives to Traditional Exercise Routines

With some breeds you can substitute a walk or run for an indoors session. A puzzle toy, a chew toy such as a deer antler, bully stick, or even a tug toy can be used to give your dog a workout and mental stimulation all at the same time. 


Exercise is an important part of any dog’s life, and understanding how much, how often and what type to do can help keep your pup healthy and happy. We hope that this guide has given you the information you need to make informed decisions about exercising your own pet. Remember that any exercise plan should be tailored to each individual dog in order to ensure their safety and well-being. Exercise is one of the best ways we can show our pets love, so let’s get active!

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