Exercise and Your Large Breed Dog

May 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

Large dog exercising

Is your large breed dog getting enough exercise?

Boxers, Greyhounds, Great Danes, and other large or giant dog breeds are among the most gentle and energetic canines and are well-loved by pet owners. It's vitally important to be sure your large breed dog is getting enough exercise on a daily basis, but equally important to ensure it's the right kind of activity. Here are some tips to keep your dog healthy and active.

Remember: Puppies Aren't Always Ready

Before we begin, a word of caution: large breed dogs are particularly prone to joint problems that could affect them later in life. That's one of the reasons it's important to give your large breed dog enough exercise, but it's also what can make exercise potentially dangerous.

While your dog is a puppy, avoid strenuous or long-lasting exercise routines, such as hour-long runs. Although your puppy will have seemingly endless energy, his or her skeleton is not developed enough until adulthood for intense activity. Opt for a walk or one of our other ideas until he or she is old enough to stay safe.

A Few Ideas

Here are some exercise ideas that are safe for any age or size of dog, and particularly suited for large breed dogs. As always, consult your veterinarian if you're unsure if some an exercise is right for your dog.

  • Walk the Dog: It's a classic for a reason—dogs of every age and size enjoy a brisk walk with their owner.
  • Fetch: Throw a favorite ball or frisbee. This simple activity can offer hours of enjoyment.
  • Dog Tag: Your dog will get a kick out of running around the park or backyard with you—and as a bonus, you'll get your heart pumping, too.
  • Dog park or doggy day care: What's better than some exercise with other friendly dogs? Many pet owners opt for doggy day care so that their dogs are staying active during the day while they're away at work or school.

If you're like to learn more about our dog day camp program, or want to schedule an appointment for your pup, contact us today.

Topics: Doggy Day Care

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.