Every dog needs not only typical walking activities, allowing to meet physiological needs, but also additional exercises. They can teach a dog to interact with a human being. Encourage him to establish relationships with pets or shape certain behaviors. Often, they also have a positive effect on the dog’s silhouette and his health.
However, not every dog needs the same amount and form of movement. Luckily, it is often possible to define a certain framework that will apply to dogs of a given age, with specific sizes or temperament. Let’s check what the dog’s activity depends on!
How much activity does a puppy need, adult or senior dog?
This question is difficult to answer unequivocally. You definitely need to take into account the physical condition of a given pet. Puppies are in a period of development, so charging the spine or joints can end up not only for them a painful injury, but also for degeneration. An adult dog, if there are no health problems, usually needs the most activity, although it depends on the condition of the dog. Older quadrupeds should be treated individually, but care should be taken to prevent them from overloading the joints, respiratory system or blood vessels.
As a result, it can be concluded that:
- the youngest puppies need rather short walks and short sessions of additional activities, which increase with age;
- adult dogs should have activity adapted to their interests, but also needs or physical condition;
- older dogs should be provided with regular, physical activity suited to their state of health, usually less intense than in adulthood.
Dog activity by breed
Certain expectations in relation to dog activity can be determined by looking at the dog’s breed. Usually Miniature dogs (decorative dogs) – require less movement than working dogs. Contrary to appearances, representatives of large and giant breeds also, due to fast fatigue, overloading the heart or joints, often need less activity than quadrupeds from smaller ones. It is worth bearing in mind that brachycephalic breeds, is those whose faces are flat, have a natural limitation of movement due to the construction of the skull and upper respiratory tract. They will be much faster to bother, worse endure intense effort and higher temperatures.
Types of activity – is it important?
This is very important! Both in the context of the dog’s psychological needs as well as physical predispositions. There is one type of activity that is recommended to all four-legged animals regardless of their age, even in the case of, for example, joint diseases – it is swimming. Perfectly shapes muscles, allows the dog to harmoniously build a figure, and at the same time relieves the joints, spine and heart.
The problem, however, is that not every dog likes swimming. In this situation, it is good to adjust the activity to the predisposition and character of the dog. Forms of movement that strongly turn up emotions, such as retrieving, it is good to combine with the ability to silence a dog – even with the help of sniffing. A good idea is to use a sensitive dog’s smell, both in the form of tracking and nursing. If we want to train sport disciplines, we should look for a club or group with a trainer who will support our activities.
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