Whether you have an energetic puppy or a calmer adult dog, exercise is an essential part of your dog’s routine. But how many walks is enough to keep your pup feeling happy and healthy

Scroll through our helpful guide to find out! 

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The importance of exercise for your dog

It goes without saying that taking your pup for their daily walks is a key responsibility for dog owners! Many owners look forward to spending quality time outdoors with their fluffy friend, and meeting other people and pets along the way! 

For dogs and humans alike, daily exercise can work wonders for one’s physical and mental health. For your four-legged friend, exercise can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. By taking your dog for an outdoor adventure, they get to explore the surroundings which keeps their brains active. Plus, all of that running around helps to keep them in shape! 

So what's in it for you, the owner?

Aside from giving your dog a health and happiness boost, those daily walks benefit you (the owner) too! Take that opportunity to unwind from a stressful day, socialise with other dog walkers and take in some fresh air.  Keeping active helps to relieve stress, keep your brain sharp and your body fit. How therapeutic does that sound?! For more reasons why your dog has such a positive impact on your health, read our Dogs As Therapy blog post.  

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How many walks is enough?

Before we look into how many walks is enough, it’s important to keep in mind that every dog is unique and has different needs. The breed, age and health condition of your dog can influence how many walks your pup needs to remain in peak physical condition! 

As a general guideline, your dog should be walked at least twice per day. However, depending on the breed and energy levels of the dog, some require more (or less) than that. The German government even introduced a law that orders German dog owners to walk their dogs at least twice a day! 

How long should your walks be?

The PDSA put together a helpful guide with the minimum amount of exercise different dog breeds should get every day. Remember, this is just a guideline and you can always consult your vet if you need more guidance about your dog’s health and exercise needs! 

Minimum of 30 minutes per day (plus additional play time)

Bichon Frise
Yorkshire Terrier 
Miniature Dachshund 
King Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua
Maltese
Papillon 
Pekingese
Pomeranian 
Miniature Pinscher


Minimum of 1 hour per day

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Border Terrier
Bull Terrier
Saint Bernard
Bassett Hound
Dogue de Bordeaux
Tibetan Terrier
West Highland Terrier
Whippet
Pug
Cairn Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Toy/Poodle
Shetland Sheepdog
English Bulldog
Shih Tzu
Lhasa Apso


Minimum of 2 hours per day

Siberian Husky
Golden Retriever
Samoyed
Alaskan Malamute
Border Collie
Boxer
Dalmatian
English Springer Spaniel
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Weimaraner

 


Get the most out of your walks!

Like many activities and responsibilities, walks can get repetitive. But it doesn’t have to be boring! If you’re looking for inspiration to add some excitement into your exercise routine, try these simple but effective ideas! 

Take another route
Keep your walks interesting by exploring new areas and different landscapes! If you and your pup are getting bored of the same surroundings, ask a friend or local dog walker for some inspiration! A change of scenery makes exercise more fun!

Make a game out of it
Bring along your dog’s favourite toy or ball to fetch and play with along the way! This will help to keep their energy up and motivate them to let off some steam. 

Switch up the pace
It can feel repetitive walking at the same speed for the whole journey, so why not keep things interesting by picking up the pace sometimes! Switch from faster walking to normal pace intervals to keep your pup on their toes.

Upgrade your dog walking gear
Add a touch of luxury to your dog walking game with a new collar and leash set for your floof. Our Fantail designs are practical, durable and comfy for your pet, with many stylish colours to choose from! 

Have you explored any other ways of making your dog walks more exciting? Share your ideas in the comments!

What happens if your dog doesn't get enough exercise?

Some signs that your pup isn't getting enough physical activity can include:

- Destructive behaviour
- Rough play
- Weight gain
- Restlessness
- Excessive or loud barking
- Sluggishness or low mood 
- Pulling at the leash
- Pestering or annoying behaviour

And is there such thing as too much exercise?

Like many things in life, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! Your dog should enjoy their daily walks and have enough time to relax and recuperate in between each outing. If your dog seems sluggish or appears to be limping after exercise, this could be a sign that they've done too much! If they start to hesitate or appear reluctant to engage in physical activity that they normally enjoy, this could also be a sign that they need to take a break.

Just keep moving!

As a pet owner, you should be proud of your commitment to keeping your pup happy and healthy. Even in the rain and in the summer heat, keep scheduling those walks and enjoy the benefits that come with them. You know the saying...when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

And last but not least, enjoy that quality time with your loyal companion!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

Fantail dog beds and accessories 

 

Whether you have an energetic puppy or a calmer adult dog, exercise is an essential part of your dog’s routine. But how many walks is enough to keep your pup feeling happy and healthy

Scroll through our helpful guide to find out! 

Fantail dog beds and accessories

The importance of exercise for your dog

It goes without saying that taking your pup for their daily walks is a key responsibility for dog owners! Many owners look forward to spending quality time outdoors with their fluffy friend, and meeting other people and pets along the way! 

For dogs and humans alike, daily exercise can work wonders for one’s physical and mental health. For your four-legged friend, exercise can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. By taking your dog for an outdoor adventure, they get to explore the surroundings which keeps their brains active. Plus, all of that running around helps to keep them in shape! 

So what's in it for you, the owner?

Aside from giving your dog a health and happiness boost, those daily walks benefit you (the owner) too! Take that opportunity to unwind from a stressful day, socialise with other dog walkers and take in some fresh air.  Keeping active helps to relieve stress, keep your brain sharp and your body fit. How therapeutic does that sound?! For more reasons why your dog has such a positive impact on your health, read our Dogs As Therapy blog post.  

Fantail dog bed

How many walks is enough?

Before we look into how many walks is enough, it’s important to keep in mind that every dog is unique and has different needs. The breed, age and health condition of your dog can influence how many walks your pup needs to remain in peak physical condition! 

As a general guideline, your dog should be walked at least twice per day. However, depending on the breed and energy levels of the dog, some require more (or less) than that. The German government even introduced a law that orders German dog owners to walk their dogs at least twice a day! 

How long should your walks be?

The PDSA put together a helpful guide with the minimum amount of exercise different dog breeds should get every day. Remember, this is just a guideline and you can always consult your vet if you need more guidance about your dog’s health and exercise needs! 

Minimum of 30 minutes per day (plus additional play time)

Bichon Frise
Yorkshire Terrier 
Miniature Dachshund 
King Charles Spaniel
Chihuahua
Maltese
Papillon 
Pekingese
Pomeranian 
Miniature Pinscher


Minimum of 1 hour per day

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Border Terrier
Bull Terrier
Saint Bernard
Bassett Hound
Dogue de Bordeaux
Tibetan Terrier
West Highland Terrier
Whippet
Pug
Cairn Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Toy/Poodle
Shetland Sheepdog
English Bulldog
Shih Tzu
Lhasa Apso


Minimum of 2 hours per day

Siberian Husky
Golden Retriever
Samoyed
Alaskan Malamute
Border Collie
Boxer
Dalmatian
English Springer Spaniel
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever
Weimaraner

 


Get the most out of your walks!

Like many activities and responsibilities, walks can get repetitive. But it doesn’t have to be boring! If you’re looking for inspiration to add some excitement into your exercise routine, try these simple but effective ideas! 

Take another route
Keep your walks interesting by exploring new areas and different landscapes! If you and your pup are getting bored of the same surroundings, ask a friend or local dog walker for some inspiration! A change of scenery makes exercise more fun!

Make a game out of it
Bring along your dog’s favourite toy or ball to fetch and play with along the way! This will help to keep their energy up and motivate them to let off some steam. 

Switch up the pace
It can feel repetitive walking at the same speed for the whole journey, so why not keep things interesting by picking up the pace sometimes! Switch from faster walking to normal pace intervals to keep your pup on their toes.

Upgrade your dog walking gear
Add a touch of luxury to your dog walking game with a new collar and leash set for your floof. Our Fantail designs are practical, durable and comfy for your pet, with many stylish colours to choose from! 

Have you explored any other ways of making your dog walks more exciting? Share your ideas in the comments!

What happens if your dog doesn't get enough exercise?

Some signs that your pup isn't getting enough physical activity can include:

- Destructive behaviour
- Rough play
- Weight gain
- Restlessness
- Excessive or loud barking
- Sluggishness or low mood 
- Pulling at the leash
- Pestering or annoying behaviour

And is there such thing as too much exercise?

Like many things in life, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing! Your dog should enjoy their daily walks and have enough time to relax and recuperate in between each outing. If your dog seems sluggish or appears to be limping after exercise, this could be a sign that they've done too much! If they start to hesitate or appear reluctant to engage in physical activity that they normally enjoy, this could also be a sign that they need to take a break.

Just keep moving!

As a pet owner, you should be proud of your commitment to keeping your pup happy and healthy. Even in the rain and in the summer heat, keep scheduling those walks and enjoy the benefits that come with them. You know the saying...when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

And last but not least, enjoy that quality time with your loyal companion!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

Fantail dog beds and accessories 

 

By Milly Osborne

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