Zoey

A dog’s exercise needs

In A Dog's Exercise Needs, A Dog's Need for Attention, Cute Dogs on August 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

Taking your dog for runs and walks is important to get them the exercise they need.

I, however, prefer to be carried.

Sure, I’m a fully functioning (and very cute) long-haired miniature dachshund with a big name, Zoey. But I like to walk home and not away from home, hence the carry.

I did a little research and found out I need to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day—some dogs that are bigger than me need two hours. The exercise needs of dogs are based on their age, breed, size and overall health.

Puppies especially need lots of exercise, because they need to burn off their excessive energy. If they don’t get what they need, they might be destructive. I remember when I was a puppy, I would go on my walks and run around the backyard, probably for two or three hours, but I also would chew. I chewed the bottom ends of furniture, the bottoms of shoes and my toys.

As I matured (and knew better), I focused my chewing on my rawhide and Nylabones, plus a few yogurt containers. I love licking out the insides and hearing the crackle of the container.

If it’s too hot or too cold, I’d rather not go out, because it’s not safe for my health, and it’s uncomfortable. It’s better to have me do tricks to engage my mind (my BFF Shelley and I do them every night before bedtime—I’m so good at the doggie handshake, I make it into a wave when I’m extra excited). Other options for getting us to move are throwing our toys, playing chase with us around the house or having us run up and down the stairs (the doggie version of a Stairmaster).

Other places to get us our exercise are dog parks and doggie day care. I prefer my walks, though, because I like the routine. And then I like the treats I get at night for showing off my tricks.

Basically, I’m a good girl.

And always, I’m cute.

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