How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?


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All dogs should be let outside for exercise twice a day, but how strenuous that exercise should be depends, in part, on the size of the dog. Larger breeds need more space to roam so, in addition to regular play in the house or garden, they should also be taken for walks twice a day and these should last for at least 30-60 minutes each.

Smaller breeds often require less of a workout, so letting them out into the garden for a runaround, in addition to their daily walk, can be an appropriate form of exercise. I’d still recommend one daily walk per day; two walks per day would be advisable. The government recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise per day for humans, so this is a good starting point for all fit and healthy adult dogs.

Some breeds, such as border collies, springer spaniels, German shepherds and Siberian huskies, have been bred as "working dogs", so are suited to covering long distances. These types of dogs shouldn’t have any trouble tagging along on a long run, as long as it’s built up as part of their routine
  1. Which breed of dogs should exercise outside?

  2. What should dog owners consider when letting their pets exercise?

  3. Which type of dog needs less workout ?

  4. What is the minimum that adult dogs should walk in a day?

  5. Which is likely not considered a working dog?


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. How often do you take your dog/s for a walk? Why?

  2. What other forms of exercise does your dog do?

  3. Do you have any other pets? How do they exercise?


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