Daily exercise is a much needed activity for every dog for mental and physical health, just as with people, but there are no hard-set rules or recommendations for exercise requirements for every dog. It is difficult to recommend the same amount of activity for every dog because they are all so different. The exercise needs of a Bassett Hound are going to be much different than that required of a Border Collie, as well as the difference between a senior dog with arthritis and a young healthy dog with no medical problems. A lot depends on the breed of dog and what they were born to do. My general recommendation is that movement is always good but let the pet tell you what they need as long as they are maintaining a good body condition and are getting some sort of play activity and interaction for mental health as well as physical health.
By Jana Layton, Riverbrook Animal Hospital, Tulsa Oklahoma
Love, The PetsWell Team
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