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How often should you walk your dog?

Of course, there are a few factors that can affect how many times you need to walk your dog (like breed, size, energy level, diet etc.). But fact is that regular exercise is important for a dog’s overall health and an important part of the daily routine.

How often should you walk your dog?

There is no definite number of times because it mostly depends on what breed you have and its health condition and capability.

  • For some breeds a walk once a day is enough but for others, especially high-energy dog breeds, require more walks each day.

As a general rule, you should give your dog 3 – 4 walks per day. And, make sure that your dog burns a bit energy by running and playing. If you want to be completely sure about how much walking time your dear friend needs, you can always consult your vet for help and information.

8 energetic dog breeds

If you’re an active person looking for a dog to match your liveliness, choosing a high-energy dog will be suitable to your lifestyle. High-exercise dogs need a lot of activity, so be sure to give your dog plenty of attention and space in which to romp. Here’s a list high-energy dog breeds:

  1. Australian Shepherd
  2. Border Collie
  3. Dalmatian
  4. Irish Setter
  5. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  6. Weimaraner
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Siberian Husky

Health & well-being

Walking your dog daily improves your dog’s social behavior, creates a strong bond between you and your furry companion and keeps your pet fit and healthy. Walking your pup can also help reducing destructive chewing or scratching (if that should be an issue). Dogs are like children—if you don’t give them something constructive to do, they might take matters into their own paws.

However, the benefits are not just for your dog. Getting outdoors with your pup is beneficial for both of you. Spending time outside can boost your fitness as well and increase your overall sense of well-being. Daily walks can lower blood pressure, strengthen your bones and slash your diabetes risk. Who knows—you may even loose a few kg in the process!

Tractive Dog Walk app

Since walking is such a big part of a dog owner’s life, wouldn’t it be fun if you could see how much time you actually spend on walking? With the free Tractive Dog Walk app you can see the exact route, the distance and the duration of each walk you do with your dog. Dog Walk gives you a perfect overview of all your walks directly on your smartphone.

dogwalk screenshots

You can even take photos of your walks and share these great moments with friends and family. And, do you wonder where your dog leaves his “special business”? The “poo & pee” feature tells you exactly where.



Sarah is a Certified Fitness Trainer, pet lover and the happy owner of a 2-year-old Japanese Spitz named Bailey. Sarah spends a lot of time outdoors, running, hiking and biking. She loves inspiring Tractives all over the world with weekly pet tricks and tips.

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