How long should you walk the dog?
Dogs have long been considered the best friends of man. There are few people in the world who would be indifferent to these cheerful and faithful creatures. However, the need for daily walks with a pet, regardless of weather conditions, often forces one to abandon the idea of having a four-legged friend. But is it worth thinking so categorically? In our article we will talk about the place occupied by walks in the life of a dog and how often you need to walk with your pet.
Daily walks are necessary for animals for good health and good health. It is not enough to take a pet out to the street only in order for him to do his business, and immediately bring him home. It does not provide the dog with physical activity and does not bring any benefit. However, it would also be wrong to say that every day at least 2 walks of at least an hour are necessary, because everything in this matter depends on the breed, age and individual characteristics.
Some breeds of dogs (huskies, greyhounds, border terriers, etc.) need not only daily long active walks, but also frequent nature trips. In general, the life of bright representatives of hunting breeds cannot be called full without hunting, and if you are looking for a pet exclusively for the soul, then huskies, greyhounds and other similar breeds should be excluded from the list.
As a rule, walking an active dog (Labradors, retrievers, dachshunds, all terriers, setters, Dobermans, German Shepherd Dogs, etc.) is recommended 2 times a day (in the morning and in the evening) for 1 hour. During the walk, it is necessary not only to drive the animal on a leash, but also to play with it, pass obstacles, engage in training – in a word, provoke both mental and physical work. And this is not just a whim. Exercise is necessary for active dogs for proper development and strengthening of the immune system, while their absence can lead to health problems (in particular, to excessive weight and heart disease) and even behavioral abnormalities.
After a good walk, the pet returns home happy and a little tired. He falls asleep well and, having already splashed energy on the street, does not want to create chaos at home.
Dogs with a calm temperament, such as Mastino Napoletano, French Bulldog, Great Dane, Basset Hound, etc., also need long walks, but with moderate exercise. Fast running, energetic jumps and a variety of games are useless. They will be happy to play with the host in one game, and the rest of the time they will enjoy walking sedately in their favorite park. Therefore, if you are a connoisseur of peace, this dog will be your best choice.
If there is no possibility to pay daily walks for a long time, this does not mean that the idea of having a dog must be given up. Make a choice in favor of decorative breeds that do not need long walks (Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Japanese Hin, Papillon, etc.). Miniature dogs can be taught to use the tray, they will be quite enough for a 20-minute stay in the fresh air per day.
Thus, the duration, quality and number of walks entirely depend on the breed and individual characteristics of the dog. Getting a four-legged friend, it is necessary to get acquainted in detail with information about the breed, to communicate with the breeder and owners of animals of the same breed. Recommendations on walks based on individual characteristics and state of health will be provided by a veterinarian.