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How Much Does My Dog Need to Be Walked?

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How Much Does My Dog Need to Be Walked?

Taking your dog on a walk can be beneficial for both you and your dog. Most pet owners can certain use the exercise. And the dog will enjoy spending time with the owner while walking, exploring new areas and getting some exercise on top of it all.

If after a while you find that your dog doesn’t seem to be enjoying its walks as much as it used to, a few different issues could be at fault. Perhaps the dog has been frightened by another dog on your normal walking path, or maybe the dog is suffering from a physical ailment.

It’s also possible that the dog may be resisting its walking time because you’ve been walking too far, leaving the dog exhausted and in pain. While this problem isn’t common, understanding just how far you should walk your dog is important. After all, your dog cannot verbally alert you when it’s tired or in pain and needs to stop walking.

Signs of Walking Too Far

As you’re walking the dog, it’s important to pay attention to its behavior and mood. Although each dog will behave a bit differently, you can watch for the following five common signs that you’re walking your dog too far.

  1. Excessive panting. Although most dogs will pant after several minutes of exercise, use the observations of your dog from previous walking excursions to figure out if its panting this time is excessive.
  1. Slowing down. A dog that is tiring often will show its low energy level by slowing down on the walk. If you find that you’re having to try to rush the dog along or if you’re having to tug on the leash, it may be time to wrap up the walk and head toward home.
  1. Limping. During the walk, some dogs will experience joint pain or pain in the paw pads, especially if you’re walking on hot pavement. The dog may begin limping when this occurs, which is an immediate sign that you should be wrapping up the walk.

 

  1. Body language. A worn-down dog may walk with its tail pointing low or with a drooped head. Keep an eye on the body language of your dog, especially if your pet usually is wagging its tail with its head held high during the early part of the walk.

 

  1. Lack of exploration. If your dog typically wants to smell trees or explore off-path areas during the early part of the walk, but it gives up on exploration after a while, the dog may be tiring.

 

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