How long does it take to walk a dog?
Since ancient times, dogs have been considered man’s best friends. There are few people in the world who would be indifferent to these cheerful and faithful beings. However, the need for daily walks with a pet, and regardless of weather conditions, often makes you abandon the idea of having a four-legged friend. But is it worth thinking so categorically? In our article we will talk about the place that walks in a dog’s life take and how often you need to walk with your pet.
Daily walks are necessary for animals to feel good and good health. It is not enough to take the pet out to the street just for him to do his job, and immediately get him home. This does not provide the dog with physical activity and does not bring any benefit. However, it would also be wrong to say that at least 2 walks of at least an hour duration are required every day, because everything in this matter depends on the breed, age and individual characteristics.
Some dog breeds (husky, greyhounds, border terriers, etc.) need not only daily long active walks, but also frequent trips to the countryside. In general, the life of bright representatives of hunting breeds cannot be called full without hunting, and if you are looking for a pet exclusively for the soul, then huskies, greyhounds and other similar breeds should be excluded from the list.
As a rule, walking an active dog (Labradors, Retriever, Dachshunds, all Terriers, Setters, Dobermans, German Shepherds, etc.) is recommended 2 times a day (morning and evening) for 1 hour. During the walk, you need to not only drive the animal on a leash, but also be sure to play with it, pass obstacles, engage in training – in a word, provoke both mental and physical work. And this is not just a whim. Physical activity is necessary for active dogs to properly develop and strengthen immunity, while their absence can lead to health problems (in particular, overweight and heart disease) and even behavioral abnormalities.
After a good walk, the pet returns home satisfied and a little tired. He falls asleep well and, having already splashed out energy on the street, does not seek to create chaos at home.
Dogs with a calm temperament, such as mastino napoletano, French bulldog, Great Dane, Basset Hound, etc., also need long walks, but with moderate physical activity. Fast running, energetic jumps and various games – this is no use. They will enjoy playing with the owner in one game, and the rest of the time they will enjoy strolling around in their favorite park with pleasure. Therefore, if you are a connoisseur of calm, such a dog will be your best choice.
If it is not possible to devote long walks to daily walks, this does not mean that the idea of having a dog must be abandoned. Make a choice in favor of decorative breeds that do not need long walks (chihuahua, Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, Japanese chin, papillon, etc.). Miniature dogs can even be taught to use the tray, it will be enough for them to spend 20 minutes in the fresh air a day.
Thus, the duration, quality and number of walks entirely depend on the pedigree and individual characteristics of the dog. Making a four-legged friend, you need to familiarize yourself with the information about the breed, talk with the breeder and owners of animals of the same breed. Recommendations on walks based on individual characteristics and state of health must be provided by a veterinarian.