How much exercise does a dog need?
That is a great question. How often should you exercise your dog? The amount of exercise that your dog needs will vary greatly based on the breed of dog, age, size, and health. Your dog should get at least one hour of exercise each and every day. Keep in mind that some breeds might require a lot more exercise than that. If you have a more complacent breed, such as a basset hound, it might not need as much. However, if you have a much higher energy dog, such as a Labrador Retriever, or a Border Collie, they are going to need a lot more exercise. These higher energy working breeds, will probably require one hour of exercise in the morning and another in the evening! Think about that before you get one of these breeds! If you don’t have the time to exercise (even without supplementing with the treadmill), please just pass on these breeds and spare both yourself as well as the dog. It isn’t fair to either of you. Some of today’s most popular breeds are also the highest energy ones.
The dog treadmill can make supplementing exercise very handy. If you are able to put the dog on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes each morning before work, while you are making lunches, eating breakfast, etc., it can really help with your overall time management. Also, if it is exceptionally rainy or there is 3 feet of snow on the ground, your dog still needs the same amount of exercise. The treadmill should only be there to supplement the exercise regimen and not just make it so you don’t have to do anything.
Going back to the working dogs. Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, Golden Retrievers, etc., were literally bred to work alongside of us and make our lives easier. They weren’t bred to lay around, play video games and watch T.V. We put a lot of work into getting dogs that could run 20 miles at a time while herding sheep or pulling a loaded sled across the snow. It is not fair to ask them to lay there, not be destructive and not have an outlet for all of that energy. That is why I would suggest using a dog treadmill to help supplement their daily exercise. Remember, the treadmill is there to supplement only. They should be asked to walk or jog at a mild pace and simply burn off some excess energy, nothing more.
We all know that life gets in the way at times and that is where the treadmill comes in handy, but a good old-fashioned long walk is good for both you as well as your dog. This will keep both of you in good shape and provide great bonding time.
Here is a video of the Iditarod, showing you what dogs were meant to do!