Why is regular exercise important for your dog?
Updated: Dec 8, 2019
Regularly exercising your pet is just as important as exercise for you. Health benefits range widely, but include helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems, and keeping your dog and cat at a healthy weight, which decreases the likelihood of developing other health problems.
Do dogs need exercise every day?
Though exercise needs are based on a dog's age, breed, size and overall health, your dog should spend between 30 minutes to two hours on an activity every day. Breeds in the hunting, working, or herding groups (e.g., Labrador Retrievers, Hounds, Collies, Portuguese Water Dogs and Shepherds, to name just a few) will need the most exercise.
What happens when dogs don't get enough exercise?
Dogs need regular exercise, just like people. If your dog isn't getting enough physical activity, he may put on too much weight, become bored or frustrated, or release his pent-up energy in undesirable ways.