When it comes to the welfare of your pup, exercise is a big factor.
Apart from daily walks, your dog also needs room to move. This means taking into consideration your living arrangements and available outdoors and indoors space. Exercise requirements for your pooch’s happiness and health largely depends on their breed. Here are a few general tips when considering how big your home should be to keep your dog in good spirits.
Which dogs need the most exercise?
Dog breeds that were initially bred for working and herding need plenty of exercise to stay fit and healthy. This includes cattle dogs, retrievers, collies, Dalmatians, Boxers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Weimaraners, Huskies and German Shepherds, to name a few. These breeds require at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise per day. This should be accompanied by at least two hours of solid activity such as running around the backyard or playing fetch.
Balancing space with exercise.
If your home doesn’t have a backyard, this means taking your pup out for some fresh air around three times per day, not to mention regular toilet trips! This arrangement may be best suited to owners who work from home, and dog breeds that don’t require as much exercise, such as Basset Hounds and Chow Chow’s.
Having a decent sized backyard means if you walk or jog with your dog once per day, they can tire themselves out chasing birds about the yard while you’re at the office. It also means you can play a few low-key games with them when you get home from work, to release some energy before bedtime. Taking your lifestyle into consideration is vital when planning how your pet will stretch their legs and get the right amount of exercise.
Signs you might need a bigger backyard.
There are many telltale signs that you might need a bigger backyard for your dog. However, these may also be indicators that your pup requires more attention than they’re getting. A bigger backyard certainly won’t make up for the fact that your furry friend needs TLC or more frequent walks/exploration/socialising. If your dog starts to do any of the following, it might be time to reconsider their exercise plan and/or living space:
- Chewing on outdoor furniture
- Ripping clothes off the clothesline
- Destroying toys quickly
- Incessant barking
These are often signs of restlessness, and toys designed to distract your dog, such as Kong’s, will only go so far in satiating their need to get out for a good sniff and run!
The low down.
Carefully consider your dog’s breed and needs when renting or buying a new home. If your dog belongs to a breed that requires a lot of exercise, a bigger backyard is always best. Just make sure your happy hound is secured within a fenced area when you aren’t home.
If you live in a house with a small backyard or courtyard, leading a lifestyle where you are able to take your furry friend out for walks three times a day is essential. There are tonnes of fantastic pet owners with happy dogs, who live in apartments and townhouses. It’s all about catering to your pup’s breed, carefully monitoring their mood, weight and health, and ensuring that they have the opportunity to explore on a daily basis.
At Samford Pet Resort, we are happy to cater to your pup’s exercise routine! You can book in extra playtime or walks to keep your furry friend happy while you’re away!