The amount of exercise dogs need is dependent on many different factors. This includes the dog's age, breed, size, level of physical conditioning, and temperament. Young dogs need more exercise than older dogs. Medium and large dogs bred for work of various kinds typically need more exercise than small dogs bred to be house pets.
Some experts say dogs need up to 2-3 hours per day. You'll know from your dog if the exercise you provide is keeping him fit and allowing him to burn off "steam."
You also need to remember that amounts of exercise should change depending on the time of year. Dogs typically want less exercise during the heat of summer, but will appreciate a walk in early morning or evening when it is cooler.
Of course walking is not the only way to exercise your dog. Swimming, catching Frisbees, jogging with you, and training for sports such as agility are other good examples.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|