How much exercise is right for your dog? tips from Ironbridge Dog Walking
29th November 2014
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As a dog owner you have a duty of care to ensure that your dog gets at least one walk daily.

Unlike most activities dog walking is something that the whole family can enjoy and better still, it doesn't cost anything at all.

Puppy exercising

It is important to remember that puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. If you over-exercise a growing puppy you can overtire it and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis.

We suggest a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until your puppy is fully grown. This means that  15 minutes (up to twice a day) is about right when your puppy is three months old then 20 minutes when four months old and so on.

Once your puppy is fully grown you can take it for much longer walks.

It is important that puppies and dogs go out for exercise every day in a safe and secure area, or they may become frustrated. Time spent in the garden (however large) is no substitute for exploring new environments and socialising with other dogs. (Make sure your puppy is trained to recall so that you are confident that he will return to you when called).

Remember – please don’t ever  exercise your puppy when it has a full tummy as this can contribute to bloat.

Get walking!

All dogs and dog owners can and should get walking.

Government recommendation is that we get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day and this is something we should all try and do, and go beyond, on a daily dog walk.

Dogs' exercise needs vary according to the breed that you have but every dog should have at least one walk a day, often two.

You can find out more information on what level of exercise your dog needs on the Kennel club website here.

Kennel Club

What does walking do for my dog?

Walking is not a high intensity work out but it is great for cardiovascular development, strengthening of muscles and bones and lowering blood pressure. For your dog, walking is essential for its long term health and fitness - keeping the muscles strong and supple and ensuring that it doesn't get overweight. With one third of our pets estimated to be overweight as a result of their owners' sedentary lifestyles, walking is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner.

What do I need to remember?

Always take poo bags with you so that you can dispose safely and cleanly of your dog's mess.

Remember to take water with you. There are various ‘water carriers’ available from good pet shops that make this easier for you. (And don’t forget your own water! You need to be hydrated too)

Remember to take your phone with you – you may decide to take a longer route and it’s sensible to let people know where you are going, especially if you are venturing into more remote areas.

Bright reflective clothing – it is essential to be seen at night or when the light is fading. There are lots of choices when it comes to reflective clothing from wrist and arm bands to full reflective coats and trousers.  There is also a wide range of reflective attachments for your dog, leads, collars, flashing collar attachments etc. – you can’t be too bright!

So get out there and enjoy your walks whatever the weather.


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