Regular, controlled exercise is essential for all ages and breeds of dog. A balanced approach to exercising is important.
Exercise requirements vary with age, breed and environment. All dogs require regular exercise. A small dog such as a Dachshund may only require several short lead walks per day while an energetic dog such as a Border Collie will require far greater exercise levels.
It has been recognised for some time that certain breeds are particularly prone to bone and joint developmental problems as young pups. Conditions such as hip dysplasia, shoulder and elbow problems can occur. Genetic and environmental factors largely determine whether a puppy will develop these problems. Environmental factors include nutritional imbalances and incorrect levels of exercise during the growing phase. Advice should be sought on the correct levels of activity and for proper nutrition for each breed from your veterinary surgeon. Exercise should be planned to allow for positive socialisation and training. Once skeletal maturity has been reached the activity levels can be gradually increased to a level that both owner and pet can enjoy.
Exercise requirements will vary with age. Keeping a fit, regularly exercised but not an over-exercised dog throughout life will safeguard heart function, strengthen muscles and prevent obesity leading to a happy and longer life.
Chose an exercise routine to suit your dog’s age, breed and general health.