(Closed) Dog owners – how much exercise do you give your dog a day?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How many minutes of exercise do you give your dog each day?

    Nothing on a daily basis

    0-30 minutes

    31-60 minutes

    61-90 minutes

    over 1 1/2 hours per day


  • Post # 32
    193 posts
    Blushing bee

    it really depends on what breed you get, if you get a dog that had twice your energy, expect to have at least 5 walks per day. I have a beagle and i take him out now 3 times for 15 min and once for an hour, it’s the only way to make him loose his energy. 

    Post # 33
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My  dog has developed bad arthritus. Even a short walk around the block takes it out of her, but I cant just leave her in the house everyday. I try to do a few walks a week. Of course we always play with her in the house and the backyard.

    Post # 34
    2334 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    “Exercise” for my dog is playing with a stuffed animal for 10 minutes or a walk around the block.  He’s pooped afterwards….he’s also a 10 year old english bulldog 🙂

    Post # 35
    1359 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Our 2 year old, 25 lb mutt gets a 20 min run every morning, and a 10-15 minute walk in the evenings. He also plays and wrestles with our other dog – a puppy – whenever he wants. : )

    We haven’t settled on an exercise routine for the puppy yet, as she can’t go outside until she’s had her final shots and she isn’t full grown yet. So for now we just play with her inside as much as possible. Our older dog helps with this, thankfully.

    Post # 36
    899 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We take our lab/golden mix to daycare anywhere from 1-3 times a week – so that is almost 9 hours of simulation. He falls asleep on the ride home and then crashes once we get inside. 

    On days that he doesn’t go, he usually gets a half hour to an hour walk and playtime in our basement. 

    Post # 37
    1344 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We have big yards for our dogs, so they can run around all day if they like. I try to walk once a day, usually for around 20 minutes.

    Post # 38
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Well, I have a German, and for the first 5 years of her life- she NEEDED to run free for at least an hour a day.  She just runs.  And runs.  I lived in the mountains and I literally hiked her EVERYDAY- she would have been a little devil if I didn’t, plus, hiking is both of our favorite things.  I took her to run free in the mountains for at least two hours a day.  Now that she is 7 she is okay with a 2 mile walk a day, and then several short walks to go to the bathroom- for about two days, then one the third day I take her to a large dog park (several miles fenced- we are not longer in the mountains) and hike while she runs free for an hour.  She is a very muscular breed with a lot of energy.  She needs that run-free time every few days or she gets pent up.  In the mountains sometimes she ran free all day- if I was living out of town.

    Swimming is great if your dog has a lot of energy.  It really wears them out.  I taught dog to fetch, so she would swim to fetch and that really helped wear her out.  She LOVES to swim!

    Post # 39
    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Our dog is 10 so she just goes on a few quick walks to go potty. We usually take her somewhere in the car once a week but we try not to make her walk around too much or she gets sore.

    Post # 40
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    When I had a dog, I did an hour-long walk + 2 hours at the dog park every single day.


    It still wasn’t enough.

    Post # 41
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I have a Yorkie that I practically have to drag outside. She hates being outside. She literally does her business then runs to the door.

    Inside though she loves to play with toys and loves playing fetch. She loves following me around the house too, so I think this is how she gets her exercise? She’s 7 and still at her normal weight, so it must be working.

    Post # 42
    1709 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    My dog is a 2.5 yr-old Pom-a-pug.  He goes out in the yard several times a day (it is pretty small though) and chases the cat for exercise, lol.  I will play with him and his toys every day to give him more activity or he will grab one on his own and go crazy for a few minutes.  Sad to say, I haven’t taken him out for long walks lately…when I do, it’s for at least 30-45 minutes to the park next door.

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