Dogs need varying amounts of exercise depending on their breed, type, age and personality. This is one of the most important factors when choosing a dog to suit your family.
If you want to take your dog running, there are many sporting and active breeds that are just right for you (as well as popular Labradors, Retrievers and Boxers, other sporty breeds include some of the smaller Spaniel and Terrier breeds). If you want a companion that is happy just to be with you, then many of the toy breeds will be happy not to go out on big expeditions.
And likewise, some dogs don’t require a lot of training to keep them out of trouble but others need homes where training is a way of life.
One of the most common reasons for poor behaviour from dogs is through boredom – from lack of exercise and not enough contact time with people. Many owners underestimate the amount of exercise their dog needs.
Running around the backyard is not sufficient – active dogs need sustained and vigorous exercise daily and the mental stimulation that comes from walks to different places.
Ideally, they can be taken to a dog park where they can safely run free, or even better retrieve a ball you throw. Being physically tired prevents many boredom-related behaviour problems.
Dogs home alone
Toys are especially important for dogs that are left while owners are at work, but be sure they are safe and your pet cannot chew off and swallow small parts.
In particular, do not leave dogs unattended with broken or damaged toys. Longer lasting chew treats can be given just before you leave and you may also leave food in a train’n’treat ball to keep them busy while you are gone.