The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on its age, breed and
health. For example, a small dog may need less exercise than a
particularly active one, such as a Border Collie.
As dogs get older, many may need less exercise. But owners can still make sure their dog's life is enjoyable, perhaps by replacing with gentle play for mental stimulation.
Always take veterinary advice into account. For example, a dog will need to be rested after surgery.
Your vet is the best person to advise on how much exercise your dog should be getting, as they know your dog and can take everything into consideration.
- When out exercising, keep dogs on a lead when exercising in built-up areas. Only release them when you are absolutely sure it is safe. This ensures your dog isn’t a nuisance to others and protects it from traffic, litter and other hazards.
- If the weather is hot, walk your dog in the cooler early morning or in the evening.
- Avoid throwing sticks for your dog, as vets see many dogs where sticks have been swallowed or become stuck in their mouth.