How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?
Every dog is different when it comes to how many times a day you should walk your dog.
three to four times a day for at least 15 minutes
It might seem like a lot but we’re going to break it down for you since it’s different for every dog. Some factors that will influence how often you need to walk your dog are:
- Physical athleticism
- General activity level
- Your general lifestyle
For smaller dogs, usually one walk a day is plenty but this depends on their breed. Breeds like jack russell terriers are known for their high energy so one walk might not be enough for that breed. With dogs that tend to have shorter noses or brachycephalic breeds – like pugs or french bulldogs weather is a huge factor when determining how many times a day you should walk your dog. Dogs that are brachycephalic tend to overheat more easily and should be kept indoors on hot days.
For larger or more high energy, high activity level you are really going to need those three to four walks. Especially if walking is the only activity your dog is getting. You can cut this number back if your dog is playing out in the yard, going to doggy-daycare, playing ball, or doing other activities.
I just can’t keep up!
If you have a high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise but are finding it difficult to keep up with them there are still things you can do!
- Puzzle toys
- Agility training
- Obedience training
All of these things are designed to stimulate your dog. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog.
Why does any of this matter?
Walks reduce boredom, destructive chewing, and scratching. It also gives them something to mentally stimulate them with all the smells and sights. Remember, we are leaving our houses fairly often but dogs don’t get to leave unless we take them with us. And remember, walks are not only great for your dog but they’re good for your health as well! Walks have been shown to decrease blood pressure, increase bone strength, loosen muscles, lower diabetes risk, and more.
Still can’t get those three to four walks in? We’re here to help! We’d love to discuss our dog walking services with you and find a plan that works for you and your pets.