February 18th, 2019
We all love the big dog breeds. From Bloodhounds, to Mastiffs, to St. Bernards, and more, these large dogs have as much love in their hearts as they do weight in their bodies, and make outstanding companion animals.
Walking Your Big DogEvery dog needs walks. It doesn’t matter if they are toy poodles or Great Danes – every dog benefits from outdoor dog walks that can stimulate their senses, reduce their pent up energy, and give them some much needed exercise.
But there is limited time in the day, and different dog breeds have different walking needs. Chihuahuas, for example, need about 30 minutes of walking. Shetland Sheepdogs, a medium sized dog breed, needs closer to 1.5 hours.
What about the largest dog breeds?
Every breed has different requirements, but big dogs tend to require shorter walks than medium sized dogs. The average large dog breed needs about 30 minutes of walking a day, with closer to 15 minutes as it gets older depending on its energy level.
Keep in mind that your “big dog” may require more or less walking, as Huskies, for example, often enjoy an hour long walk while older English Mastiffs may need only 15 minutes, especially if it is a warm day.
Why So Short?Many big dog breeds already use a lot of energy moving their heavy bodies around and supporting all of their muscles. Walking with such a heavy weight is physically demanding, and so shorter walks are often just fine provided you are also monitoring their eating habits.
In addition, the heavy weight can put pressure on joints and tissues, so older large dog breeds may need to keep their walks a bit shorter to keep pressure off of their joints.
All Dogs Need WalksHowever, it is important to remember that all dogs, regardless of size, breed, or health, benefit from outdoor walks. If you find that you need support for your large dog breed, let FurBabies Home Pet Care know. Our dog walking in the Lake Mary and surrounding area is available to make sure that your pet gets the outdoor time they deserve. Contact us today to get started.