Dog Exercises for Every Breed
How much exercise and what kind of exercise does an adult dog need? Few dogs get enough. In urban areas, and in busy suburbs, dogs must be exercised on leash, and this takes time. It is time well spent, however, for exercise is a great conditioner. The steady pace of controlled leash walking is more beneficial than the occasional dashing hither and yon of the yard confined dog. Furthermore, even in a sizable yard, a dog can be as lazy as he likes.
If possible, walk your dog on leash twice daily as far as he will go without seeming tired. Two or three trips around the block every day are more beneficial than three miles on Sundays only, for dogs become used to exercise just as we do. The walk should be as long as the dog’s legsin other words, one city block for the short legged dog equals several for the long legged one. If you are uncertain about the distance your dog can walk, start with a few blocks, then gradually increase the distance each day. In addition to leash walking, your dog should be exercised and played with regularly in his yard, or he can be taken for a free run in woods and fields.
Do not feed immediately before or after exercise. When it is very hot, walk your dog only in the cool of the evening or early morning. Do not expect him to hold his own on icy pavements, for he slips easily. If you get caught in a shower, towel him dry when he comes in, and when returning home from a tramp in the woods, check his feet for thorns, mudballs, or blisters and his coat for burrs and ticks.