How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need

how much exercise does a dog need

Dear Hindy,

My wife and I adopted a 9 year old dog recently, and we named him Milo. He’s great and we love him, but we don’t want to cause him any problems, so we don’t take him for walks. He goes in the backyard to do his business, and the rest of the time he lies on his bed. My sister says we’re being cruel because all dogs need exercise, no matter how old they are. Is that true? Thank you, Michael

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need

Dear Michael,

First of all, congratulations on rescuing an old dog!! Let me also say I’m going to have to agree with your sister on this one! All dogs need exercise, but not every dog needs the same amount or level of intensity.

If Milo seems to want to lie on his bed all day, it may simply be a case of boredom because he isn’t getting out. Ideally you should be walking him 3 times a day, or more if you like. I don’t know how long you’ve had him, or whether or not he’s had a check up recently, so I’m going to recommend starting off with short walks and see how Milo does. If you notice any stiffness or limping, I recommend a visit to the vet to make sure he’s okay.

Good luck.



Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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