Keeping Tails Wagging: Why Regular Exercise is Vital for Daytime-Homebound Dogs

Many families in the US have dogs. In fact, about  66% of all households own at least one pet, and of these, the dog is by far the most popular. 

However, most families do not have the luxury of  spending all day with their furry friends, and when  it’s time to go to work, their dog will usually spend  their time napping in a crate or wandering freely  around the house. 

With the average American workday lasting at least  eight hours, that’s a lot of time your dog is not spending exercising every day — but a midday dog walker can help. 

No matter your dog’s age or size, they benefit  immensely from regular exercise. When you do not  have enough time in the day to ensure they get the  stretching and movement they need and deserve, a midday dog walker can fill in for you. 

Most dogs grow to love their walker like another  family member, so you can rest assured your furry friend is in good hands.

Here’s why you should consider a walker during the  day if you are gone for work. 

Do All Dog Breeds Need Regular  Exercise? 

Many people think of “athletic” dog breeds as  animals like border collies and greyhounds, and  they assume that their waddling basset hound or  lazy great dane isn’t the exercising type. 

However, every dog needs at least some exercise  frequently, regardless of breed or age. These  activities may be different depending on your  individual dog, with older dogs taking things more  slowly and limiting their exercise duration, but all  dogs should still regularly participate in activities  that get their hearts pumping. 

Exercise comes with a wide range of benefits. The  muscle your pet builds through activity helps them burn more calories at rest, keeping them at a  healthy weight that supports their heart and skeletal structure. The impact of walking keeps bones strong and encourages good circulation that can  lower blood pressure.

How Much Exercise a Dog Needs 

The right amount of exercise depends on several  factors, including age, medical conditions, breed,  and interest. Some dogs, like the aforementioned  border collies, are highly active and require much  more (and more intense) exercise than lower-energy breeds.

In general, puppies should exercise in short bursts  multiple times per day. Young adult and adult dogs should aim for at least 45 minutes of moderate  exercise, which typically equates to two brisk walks.

Senior dogs should adjust to their level of tolerance,  aiming for a cumulative 45 minutes that may need to be spread into shorter chunks than adult dogs. 

If your dog has medical conditions or physical  limitations, walking is not the only exercise that  works! Consider swimming, playing fetch, or even  stimulating the brain using obedience tasks like  slowly weaving between poles. 

What If You’re Gone All Day? 

It can be hard to meet a dog’s exercise needs when  you are gone all day. You may find that you don’t have enough time before heading to work to go for  a walk, or you may be so exhausted after you return that walking is simply out of the question. 

To ensure your pet gets their physical needs met,  consider hiring a midday dog walker. These  trustworthy professionals will visit your home and  take your pet for an active outdoor encounter (or  whatever play you specify). 

The best midday dog walkers will tailor their  services to your pet’s interests and your goals as an owner. If your dog loves playing fetch in the yard  rather than going on long walks, a dog walker can  do that! 

They should also be able to do other important  tasks your pet needs, such as brushing their teeth, administering medicine, and giving them food and  water while you are away. To see the best results with your dog walker,  remember to:

• Do a meet and greet first so your pet can be  excited about the walker’s visit rather than  nervous

• Create guidelines for what your pet enjoys and  what they don’t, then share those guidelines  with the walker 

• Get into a routine so your dog always knows  what to expect each week

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