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Exercise advice for different dogs

Dogs tend to need more exercise than most of us humans think appropriate for our own needs. A rough idea of general exercise levels is given below:

Very Light: Dogs should go out on a walk at least once a day. Ideally, two short walks averaging thirty minutes including time off-lead to explore every day, plus a number of short play/training sessions during the day.  Suitable for some toy and miniature breed dogs.

Light: Dogs should go out on a walk that lasts up to an hour or two shorter walks between half an hour and an hour in length. They will need some off-lead time and should also have some short play/training sessions during the day.  Suitable for many small to medium dogs, as well as some larger ones bred for short periods of heavy exercise.

Moderate: Dogs must go out every day and preferably twice a day. Walks should take at least an hour and include both on- and off-lead walking. The walk should include the opportunity to run and possibly swim for significant periods. They should also have a number of play/training sessions during the day. This will suit many medium dogs to large dogs.

Heavy: Dogs require significant exercise and are happiest when a majority of their day is engaged in activity. They need to go out at least twice a day for up to two hours each time. The walk should include the opportunity to run and possibly swim for significant periods. They should also have a number of play/training sessions during the day.  Suitable to breeds adapted for long periods of exercise (such as some sled dogs, some hunting and some pastoral breeds).

The information above refers only to guidance regarding exercise and does not address toileting needs. Please remember that a dog must have access to a fenced area of land or garden to be used for toileting on three or four additional occasions during the day.

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