How Often to Walk Dog?

A dog has several needs including regular walking, which will allow him to urinate, but you may wonder how often you should walk your dog. There is no definite answer to this question, but there are a few general guidelines which you can follow. Walking your dog is important both for his physical and mental health.

How Often to Walk the Dog

This question doesn't have a definite answer, because there are many factors that determine the frequency of dog walking. Some dogs will do well if walked only once per day, while others will require four or even more walks. Generally speaking, it is recommended to take your dog for at least two short (i.e., 15 minute) walks per day. Talk to your vet or dog trainer to determine the right frequency of walks for your pet.

Factors Determining Frequency of Walking

There are numerous factors that will influence the frequency of walking required by your pet:

  • The size of the dog, as smaller dogs will require fewer and shorter walks.
  • The energy level of the dog; a high energy level dog will require longer walks or more frequent walks, so that he can spend his energy.
  • The breed of the dog; some dogs may have a smaller bladder.
  • Your schedule; if you work long hours, you may only be able to take your dog out two times per day tops.
  • The type of diet you feed your pet. Low residue food will require the elimination of feces only once every 2 days, so your dog may not need several walks per day for the elimination of feces. However, he will need short walks for urination and exercise.
  • If your pet has diarrhea, which will dictate more frequent walks to prevent accidents in the home.
  • If your pet is ill and cannot go outside, you may need to keep him indoors and avoid walks until the vet indicates this.

Benefits of Dog Walking

The dog walking has two main purposes:

  • To allow the dog to eliminate urine and feces
  • To provide the dog with some exercise, which is needed to prevent obesity

By walking your dog as recommended, you will ensure that:

  • You prevent urinary infections, which may be caused by the gathering of bacteria in the urinary tract and bladder, and the delay in eliminating the urine when the pet is not taken out for a walk.
  • The dog will exercise and this will prevent muscle atrophy and obesity.
  • Your dog will have regular bowel movements.
  • You detect health problems in early stages. By walking your dog, you will keep an eye on the frequency of urination, and the color and consistency of the feces, which can change if the pet is affected by a health condition.
  • The dog will be able to socialize with other pets and people, which will make him more cheerful.