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The Exercise Routine That's Perfect For Your Dog

Exercise is a huge part of owning any breed of dog. If you are not prepared for multiple walks a day, and to be out in nearly all weathers, then dog ownership may not be for you! That being said, the level of exercise each dog needs can depend largely on what breed they are. An average recommendation is that your dog should be walked at least once a day for a minimum of thirty minutes. However, some dogs need around two hours of exercise per day; sometimes in one block, other times broken up across the day. Therefore, it is difficult to find a 'one size fits all' rule for exercise your pet. Read on for more information about different kinds of dogs and the exercise they require.

Toy breeds
Although seemingly more used to travelling by car, handbag or even stroller (yes, really!) smaller dogs like pugs and chihuahuas also need exercise. In fact, it is especially important for toy dogs, as many are prone to obesity. Flat-faced dogs like pugs also often suffer from breathing problems. So, it is vital that they are not carrying any extra weight which may put them at risk of respiratory failure. Choose low impact exercise such as a relaxed walk, but increase the length of the walk. Duration, not pace, is the key to helping smaller dogs lose weight.


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Herding breeds
Herding and sporting dogs such as border collies and German shepherds require a good deal more exercise than their smaller counterparts. Of course, this should go without saying. But it is also important that their exercise routine is varied and fun too. These kind of dogs are highly intelligent and become bored easily, so make sure you bring a ball or toy of some kind with you on your walk. Try and get two walks a day into your routine if you own a herding dog. Each one should last about an hour. You can find out more information about specific breeds on websites such as shepped.com.  

Hounds
There is something of a grey area when it comes to hounds. Larger, burly dogs such as bloodhounds have needs similar to that of a herding dog, so will need long, high intensity periods of exercise. Slighter breeds such as greyhounds are made for sprinting, so they won't need to be walked for hours on end. In fact, walking your greyhound for too long can actually be detrimental to its health. Try and get a couple of short yet fast walks in per day, plus a good run around the garden too, if you have one.


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No matter what kind of dog you have, exercise is a vital part of their upkeep and development - so it's important you make it as fun as possible for both of you! Ensure they’ve had a good meal prior to walking - there’s nothing worse than walking a hungry dog. If you're going on a particularly long walk, bring a portable water bowl to keep your dog hydrated. And just as you wear a raincoat in bad weather, your dog may also need protecting from the elements with a waterproof coat. Plus, that means less water dripping all over your floor when you get in!

This is a contributed post.

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