Is Your Dog Your Best Exercise Buddy?

People are constantly looking for a way to motivate themselves to do more exercise, whether it’s joining a gym, an app to remind them to workout, or finding a friend to cheer them on and suffer alongside them. Others, however, are hoping that they can kill two birds with one stone and get their dogs to be their exercise buddy. But is this the best idea? Yes, all dogs need exercise, but not all them need as much exercise as you think.

Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu’s were not bred to be aggressive hunting dogs or guards, they were bred to sit on laps and be carried by their owners, so they don’t need as much exercise as the average dog. Just five or ten minutes of walking around the block each day is plenty of exercise for these little guys. If you want to take your Shih Tzu on a 30 minute run with you, the little guy will collapse before you do. Although, you could still take him with you if you carried him around in the best pet stroller for a dog of his size and energy. You get your recommended dose of exercise, and your tiny dog gets some fresh air, and the best amount of exercise for a dog of his size and demeanor.

Great Dane

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Despite their large size, Great Danes don’t need a lot of exercise (don’t let Scooby Doo fool you). However, they would be a more suitable companion for your 30 minute run because this is the ideal amount of time for them to spend exercising. They’re especially good exercise buddies if you’re new to regular workouts, because they’ll tire out after about four miles of running, thus letting you ease into it a little. If you both tire out quickly, then you can take your less active pooch for a gentle walk around the park. Whatever you do, just make sure there’s a soft spot for him to rest when you get home.

Jack Russell Terrier

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As if to further prove that size is no indication of energy, Jack Russell Terriers have boundless energy and can run for surprisingly extended periods of time. They’re not great for easing yourself into a gentle running routine, because they’ll likely charge ahead of you, run circles around you, and make you chase after them when you’re about to collapse in exhaustion. However, once you build up an endurance, your Jack Russell will have you running leaps and bounds ahead of any other recreational runners in no time.

Siberian Husky

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The Siberian Husky is capable of pulling a sled in an Iditarod sled race – the length of which varies each year depending on conditions, but the estimated total distance is around 50 miles. Of course they need a lot of exercise. Ideally, Huskies should run in cold climates and for long distances. However, they might be the perfect dog to help you train for a marathon. Remember, a good husky is a tired husky.