For instance: If you have a small dog you won’t need to walk as far as if you own a Great Dane. This is because the small dog will obviously become tired much faster. Likewise, if you own an older dog, it won’t require nearly as much exercise as a 1-3 year old dog.
A 15-45 minute walk under normal weather conditions is considered to be a “healthy” walk.
Above all, no matter how good of condition your dog is in, always watch your dog for signs of fatigue. Terminate the walk immediately if your dog is having trouble breathing, panting hard or its pace is slowing down drastically. If your dog is in any distress you should consult your veterinarian at once.
In warmer weather, you should also carry a bottle of water. Allow your dog to have a drink occasionally. This will keep it from becoming dehydrated or overheated during the walk. If overheating or dehydration occurs your dog could suffer from cramps, muscle spasms or even death.
For this reason, daily walks during the summer months should always be done when it is cooler outside. During the early morning or late evening hours is probably best. Another reason to walk your dog in early morning or late evening hours is that the pavement is cooler.
The hot pavement is very hard on the pads of your dog’s feet. It feels the same to them as it does to you if you walk barefooted on the hot concrete.
Start off slowly if you are just starting to walk a new puppy or a dog that usually doesn’t get much exercise. You should start off slowly to build endurance levels. Add a block or two every week or so until you get up to the distance that works for both of you.
Contact A Better Dog4U if you have any questions or if you need any help with your training. We will be glad to set up a personal consultation in order to help you any way that we can.