Do Small Dogs Need to be Walked?

Exercise is important for all dogs—it prevents boredom, stimulates the mind and encourages physical fitness.

The Importance of Pet Exercise

Routine exercise is a must for pups of all sizes (unless instructed otherwise by an expert); however, different breeds require different approaches. 

Beagles, for example, need more exercise than other small breeds due to their heritage as hunting dogs. Some beagles can go up to 90 minutes before wearing out for the day! On the other end of the spectrum, we have breeds such as the pug. Due to their short snouts, it is recommended that pugs only walk for around 20 minutes at a time.

If you haven’t met your dog’s walking quota yet, Fido will be sure to let you know! When your furry friend displays these behaviors, it’s time to get some exercise:

  • Pacing
  • Sitting by the door
  • Staring at you in close proximity

Age is another factor to consider with physical activity. Puppies may have a similar build to small adult dogs, but their needs vary considerably. Most owners can attest to a pup’s boundless energy and need for increased activity.

Why Dogs Need Exercise

Mental Benefits

We know dog walking is great exercise, but it’s also a time to bond with your bud.

Leaving your dog home alone all day can lead to aggressive or destructive behavior.

Physical Benefits

Obesity is a common disease that is easily preventable with regular exercise. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of obesity, there is nothing more effective than longer, more demanding walks.

Prepare a game plan that keeps your small dog happy and stimulated during the day. Hire a dog walking service, or arrange for dog day care.  

Putting your pooch’s health and wellness first will ensure your best friend is around for years to come.

But if you’re too busy, consider hiring a dog walking company