Room to Play: How Much Space Does Your Dog Really Need?

Room to Play: How Much Space Does Your Dog Really Need?
January 26, 2017 Samford Pet Resort

Watching your dog cause all sorts of hilarious havoc at the park, or gleefully bound into the ocean, is one of the best parts of being a pet owner. Likewise, nothing is more fulfilling for us than seeing sloppy grins and wagging tails after a run-around in one of our pet resort play areas.

But how much space does your dog really need and how often should you exercise them? We take a look at some simple tips for giving your pup the ultimate living and play space.

1. Know your dog

How much space and playtime your dog needs will depend on their age, breed and general health. Certain types of dogs (like Kelpies and Border Collies) will go stir-crazy if you don’t take them for daily walks and give them plenty of space to play, while other dogs (like Dachshunds and Pugs) will be satisfactorily tired after just 10 minutes of social stimulation. It’s important to read up on your dog’s breed and be aware of their energy levels throughout the week so you can best cater to their needs.


2. Take your dog outside every day

While a large outdoor space is not essential for all dogs, taking your pup outside for at least 15 minutes once a day to play, enjoy nature’s bathroom and breathe in the fresh air is very important (regardless of their size). This is even more important if they’re cooped up all day in a quiet house with nothing to stimulate their senses. Animal experts agree that a lack of sufficient outdoor activity can lead to various health and behavioural problems such as:

  • Restlessness and boredom
  • Destructive chewing
  • Over-excitability and rough play
  • Depression
  • Frequent barking or whining
  • Obesity and lethargy
  • Escaping or digging
  • Irritability


(Check out our Facebook page to see some more pictures of our cute guests enjoying the beautiful outdoors on our 40-acre property.)

3. A safe space to call home

Just like humans, dogs like to have familiar spaces to call their own. This might be a comfortable dog bed, a cool spot on your tiles or a particular space on your sofa. Whatever the case, giving your pets a comfortable spot where they are always allowed to hang out will help them feel relaxed and comfortable. Restraining your dog in a kennel or a locked playpen for multiple hours a day will make them feel stressed out and unloved.


4. Comfortable accommodation at pet resorts and dog kennels

Space is not only an important factor at home. When you’re choosing suitable accommodation for your dog to stay in, whether it’s a pet resort or a pet sitter’s, it’s essential to consider the amount of room your dog will have.

At Samford Pet Resort, we believe substantial space for your dog to sleep, play and eat in is very important for their health and wellbeing. As founding members of the Association of Pet Boarding and Grooming (QLD), we take great pride in upholding the Association’s code of ethics, which is why all of our doggy guest rooms are bigger than the industry standard!


Your dog depends on you for their quality of life. Ensure that they are balanced, healthy and happy for a lifetime by giving them the space they really need.