A tired dog is a happy dog!
If you are thinking about using a dog stroller you will still need to give your dog as much exercise as it needs. If your dog needs a stroller due to ill health then you should talk to your vet about coming up with an appropriate exercise regime for your dog. If your dog is recovering from an injury or operation and is using a stroller then they will still need to exercise lightly, again your vet will tell you how much activity to do with your dog so that they have a good speedy recovery.
In any situation where you are not sure about how much exercise your dog needs, always seek advice from your vet. They will be happy to advise you.
The level of exercise your dog needs will depend on its age, breed and health. As well as this exercise, it should be given frequent and regular opportunities to go to the toilet throughout the day.
Some may argue that such a ball of energy shouldn’t be in a pet stroller at all. But some puppies and young dogs may have to wait several months before they can have their booster vaccinations and would be prone to infections and harmful diseases out on the streets mixing with other dogs. There is also the issue of boisterous dogs coming over to worry you and your dog and your vulnerable dog getting hurt if a fight breaks out. Road safety is another issue, a small dog on a leash that is unfamiliar with the roads is a major concern until they are fully trained walking on a leash in a busy city.
As a rough guide a dog should have at least 30 to 60 minutes of good physical exercise most days of the week. Preferably daily.
So how much exercise does a dog need?
Agility training is also a great way to exercise your dog. Simple dog walks can become a little bit boring for your dog, so always include games in your exercise routines.
Some dogs, like retrievers and collies, love special jobs like finding hidden items or learning a new trick. These dogs are adept at fetching, but be careful when throwing objects into the air for your dog to catch as this puts stress on their joints and hips. Throw the ball or toy at a reasonable level of height thats safe for your dog.
Small dogs and toy breeds
Smaller dogs do require less exercise than larger dogs. They’ve got little legs and work harder to move faster than dogs twice their size. Like us humans, it wouldn’t be a stretch for a grown man to walk around the block a couple of times, but it would be extremely hard work for a small toddler. However, no matter how big or small your dog is, there are plenty of activities you can do together.
All dogs need between 30 to 60 minutes of exercise
It’s a good idea to keep your exercise routines varied and not to keep to the same boring walk around the block. Dogs need stimulus and keeping their activity varied will keep them in great condition physically and mentally.
If you are lucky enough to live near a dog friendly park or near a beach then your dog can be let off their lead and run around at their own speed. It’s great if you can allow your dog off their lead for some exercise periods as it helps them feel less trapped by their leash. Dogs love freedom. Just make sure you have trained them well to come back to you.
It is recommended that you take your dog for walks and exercise at least two times a day, more if you have the time. Three seperate exercise periods in one day is a great way of keeping your dog active. If you happen to work during the daytimes then morning and evening sessions are good for your dog….and of course for you!
All dog owners seem create a routine which is good for them and their dog. Owners learn when the dog has had enough exercise and in some cases when they have had too little. And there maybe times when you are ill or unable to take the dog for their walks, that’s the time to call upon your friends to walk your dog or hire a dog walker. The only time your dog does not exercise is when they are ill themselves or recovering from a serious operation, then you have to follow instructions by your vet.
Hot and cold weather
When the weather is bad you still need to take your dog out for walks and exercise. You may not want to face the wind and the rain but your dog will. All us dog owners soon become used to the seasons and will keep ourselves protected from the elements. The same should be done for your dog. Keep them warm in the winter by fitting them with a functional weatherproof coat. This will keep your dog’s middle body warm, especially if they are short hair breeds.
A waterproof coat will also keep them from getting wet to the skin when it’s raining. Likewise when it’s the summer, keep them protected from harmful UV rays by applying sun screen to their noses and ears, especially if they are light coloured. Again, weather proof dog strollers come in very handy when you are travelling long periods with your dog and they need some respbite from the sun or rain, or simply need to rest their legs.
In the hot summer months it’s best to run and exercise with your dog at the coolest parts of the day, preferably in the morning or early evening. Exercising your dog in the midday or afternoon sun will only create problems like heatstroke and dehydration. Always have plenty of water available for your dog is you are spending time outside in the summer months and keep them well groomed if they are long hair breeds.
On those rare occasions when the weather is just too bad for you both to go out, try and exercise them indoors by playing games and even running up and down the stairs together.
Mental and Physical Exercise
Use balls, toys, hoops and ball launchers on your walks if you can. Let them explore woodlands, beaches and any safe environment that allows dogs. Have exciting toys and food puzzles at home, so your dog can keep themselves occupied whrn not out on their walks.
When planning family day trips, try to take your dog with you and plan an outing that all the family will enjoy. A dog loves being a part of a family or ‘pack’ and don’t like being left at home. It’s also good for the children to take it in turns to be responsible for the dog, it’s an important thing to learn when looking after a pet.
A good dog is a tired dog
A dog that is under exercised will take their energy and frustrations out on anything they can find. That’s why bored dogs that need exercise and stimulation chew shoes and furniture. Keep your exercise periods regular to avoid your dog from being destructive.
A good amount of walks and exercise periods throughout the day will keep your dog in tip top condition. Keep them to mornings, afternoons and evenings. And a bit more activity to the weekends with additional family outings will ensure you have a happy healthy dog.
Where should you exercise your dog?
If you do live in an apartment, flat or house with no garden then you should provide your dog with access to a suitable place where it can exercise at various times during the day. A suitable place is somewhere that it can explore, play and meet other dogs if appropriate.
Using a dog stroller you can get to the doggy play area much more quickly and conveniently, you can even use the public transport if your dog is secure in a stroller. Then when you get to the dog park you and your dog can play and exercise and get the most out of your time together. They can even sleep on the way back!
Walk around the block
It is also important that you keep your dog walks varied. Sticking to the same ‘walk around the block’ may become a bit boring and predictable after a time. Change your walks and give your dog some new experiences from time to time.
Agility for Dogs
There are more and more dog agility groups popping up nowadays. It’s a great way for dogs to meet other dogs and owners to mix with other owners to compare stories and tips with each other. Check the internet for any local groups to you or ask your vet if they know of any. If there isn’t a group, try setting up your own, you will be inundated with members in no time.
If you own a small dog and live quite a way from a doggy park, then a dog stroller is a handy quick way of getting you and your dog to the park very quickly. Strollers can be also taken on public transport if you want to make the journey to the doggy park in only a short time. This way your dog will not tire itself out before getting to the park and will be ready for a good run around with the other dogs. A tired dog in a doggy park is no good. Let them burn off all their energy with the other dogs at the park then take them back home safely and quickly in the stroller.
Fields and Countryside
If you are an avid cyclist then you can now buy dog trailers that fit onto the rear of your cycle. Your dog is safely housed inside and can enjoy the view through ventilated mesh windows. then when you get to your destination, your dog can get out and stretch their legs and have a good day of exploring with you.
Check out the excellent dog walking guide books now available.
Day at the beach
If you plan on taking your dog to the beach, make sure that they have plenty of shade and shelter from the sun. Dogs can get heatstroke just like humans and are prone to it more, being covered in fur! Heatstroke in dogs is very dangerous and can be fatal so prevention is better than cure. Lots of water and lots of shade. Keep a dog stroller or pop up tent close by so they can sleep and rest out of the sun. Take plenty of drinking water for them too as a dog playing on the beach will get very thirsty.
Check out a list of Dog Friendly Beaches within the UK.
Doggie Day care
Doggie Day Cares are very popular in the States, but not so much over here in the UK. Check your local area to see if there is one based near you. There maybe some private small businesses that will take care of your dog for you for the day. There may also be self employed dog walkers based in your area that just pop by and walk and exercise your dog for you. These dog walkers are also great if you want to go on holiday and leave your dog at home rather than in boarding kennels. The dog will feel more comfortable in their own home rather than surrounded by other distressed dogs in the kennels. The dog walker comes by, feeds your dog, takes them for a walk, speands some time with them then safely locks up the house again.
Not getting enough exercise?
An overweight, obese and ill dog will also cost you money in medication and vet bills. The cost can run into thousands of pounds. So getting them exercised well now will reduce the risks of obesity in the long term. Giving them the right amount of food will also cut the risk of your dog putting on weight. Always have regular check ups with your vet to make sure your dogs weight is on track. If they are overweight, your vet will encourage you to do more exercise with them and cut down their food for a short period.
Exercise and Dog Strollers
Obviously if you have an injured, disabled or senior dog then talk to your vet about how much exercise they should be getting. They will need the help of a dog stroller in addition to some sessions of daily exercise. A pet stroller is a great way for getting your injured, disabled or senior dog around and about quickly and conveniently. There is no longer a need to leave them at home alone. They get to spend quality time with you and are not slowing you down due to their lack of mobility. With a dog stroller they can hop in and out when it suits them, and sleep when they are tired and exhausted from their walking or exercise.
Dog walking and exercise etiquette
Cleaning up after your dog is also a requirement. Pick up any dog mess and dispose of it in the appropriate refuse bins. There are lots of doggy clean up products on the market. Many local authorities hand out large hefty fines to dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. It’s unhygeinic and sometimes dangerous and it’s not nice for for other people, especialy children who like to play on large grassy areas.
To sum up…..
The level of exercise your dog needs will depend on their age, breed and health. It won’t take you long to realise how much exercise your dog needs. They will be able to tell when they have had enough exercise (or not enough) with their body language. You will soon know the signs. As well as this exercise, your dog should be given frequent and regular opportunities to go to the toilet throughout the day.
Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog!