The Benefits of Regular Exercise for Pets

All pets need exercise daily, and the amount each cat or dog requires varies. Follow the guidelines below to create a general workout plan, and consider your pet’s age, breed, and health for a personalized activity agenda.

Daily exercise requirements for a dog

Typically, young adult dogs have the highest exercise needs, while senior dogs have lower requirements. Depending on your pet, daily activity time can range from roughly 30 minutes to two hours.

Puppies often exercise in short spurts, followed by a nap to recharge. Your dog’s breed also heavily influences its exercise needs, as does its personality. A lazy basset hound is la likely content to be a couch potato, whereas a border collie needs a job to perform for hours each day.

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You may not have a flock of sheep that requires herding, but you still can provide your puppy with plenty of exercise opportunities, such as:

  • Games of fetch or tug of war
  • Off-leash runs in a fenced-in park
  • Walks that allow sniffing nose work are mentally and physically tiring for dogs
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Draft work (i.e., pulling carts or wagons)
  • Obedience training
  • Canine sports (e.g., lure coursing, agility, flyball, dock diving, schutzhund, tribal, etc.)

Daily exercise requirements for a cat

People often think cats sleep their days away and do not require much exercise. However, the opposite is true. Because of oats’ propensity to remain sedentary, they are at a greater risk for obesity and its associated health issues. To help your cat maintain an ideal body condition, aim for an average of 30 minutes of intentional exercise each day.

Encourage your cat to run, jump, and pounce with feather wands, laser pointers, and toys that mimic prey, like mice and birds. Install climbing towers and scratching posts to allow your cat to tally up a few more minutes of calorie-burning exercise daily.

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Don’t forget that mental activity is vital for your pet’s health. Food puzzles, trick training, and walks that allow plenty of sniffing are great ways to flex your pet’s brain.