How often should you walk a dog?
How long should you walk? What are the benefits? This post offers some tips on walking a dog.
There are not a specific number of times that you should walk a dog. The number of times depends on many factors. The breed of dog makes a difference. A dog with health problems may need no exercise at all. Some breeds of dogs require a lot of exercise so would need many longer walks.
Walking a dog should be enjoyable for you and your dog. Your dog should never pull on the leash. If it does, there is specific dog training to prevent this. Your dog should walk beside you or slightly behind you. It should be a comfortable walk for both of you.
For many years, my dog and I have walked every morning for 2-3 miles. Romeo is always eager to go on the walk. At 9 years old, he still seems to be ready to walk more when we quit.
I know the exercise helps both of us.
I read an article from the excellent blog, The Doggington Post. The article is entitled, “How Often Should One Walk Their Dog” by Ron Miller. Here is a brief quote from the article:
There is no definite number of times in general because it mostly depends on what breed you have and its health condition and capability. In fact, there are many factors that determine the frequency or the number of times you should walk your dog every day. It depends on the dog – there are some breeds for whom once a day walks are enough, but some others, especially high-energy ones, require more walks each day. But as a general rule, it is recommended that you walk your dog at least 15 minutes, twice a day. Although of course, it is much more advisable to consult your vet for the proper walking schedule for your dog.
You can read the entire article here.
Do you have any tips for walking a dog. How often do you walk your dog? Thanks for adding your comments.