We know all pups need walks, but knowing how often they should explore the world might be hard to know. There are many mental and physical benefits to walking your pup, you just have to find the perfect regimen for their age, shape, breed, and size.
Good for Their Health
There is so much more to strolling with your fur-baby than just doing their business outside. It keeps them healthy in several ways:
- Weight control: Regular exercise helps your pup burn extra calories and maintain a healthy weight.
- Joint health: Your pup’s joints can get stiff if they stay in place for too long; keeping them in motion helps their joints stay in good shape.
- Digestive/urinary health: Regular walks keep their bowel movements regulate and reduce any chance of complication.
Extended Walks vs Potty Breaks
Potty breaks are necessary, but long walks allow your fur-baby to explore the world like you do. Just like it helps us with our mental health, it helps them stay sane and calm. The one-on-one time spent on walks can help deter attention-seeking behaviors like whining or barking. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your pet.
How Often Should You Walk Your Pup?
Most dogs benefit from 30 minutes to 2 hours of physical activity per day. This can be broken down into two to three walks during the day. It also depends on their age, health, and breed.
Younger dogs with more energy benefit from more frequent walks. On the other hand, senior dogs with mobility issues do fine with fewer walks.
Higher-energy breeds like Terriers, Australian Shepards, Labradors and Golden Retrievers need frequent walks.
While, less-active breeds like Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and Bulldogs are okay with one or two walks per day.
Taking your puppy on a walk is not only important for all the reasons above, but it also benefits you. Walking them also promotes your physical health.
If you want to find the perfect leash to walk your pup, read our blog: How to Find the Right Leash For Your Puppy.