Young dogs need around an hour of daily exercise, but some dogs bred for sports or herding activities may need much more.
You'll benefit from having a well-exercised dog, as tired dogs tend to behave better, and you'll help your pet avoid unnecessary weight gain!
Don't expect your dog to create their own exercise routine just because you've put them outside.
Dogs don't self-entertain, so if you want to tire your pet out, play catch or fetch! If you're at work all day, consider asking a friend to take your dog out during those hours. Your pet will enjoy the company, and you'll come home to a happier dog waiting to greet you.
When walking your dog, consider it a training opportunity!
Dogs aren't born knowing how to walk on a leash, so you'll have to teach your dog how to follow your lead. On these walks, you can begin teaching commands like, "sit," "stay," and "heel," especially if you take treats along to use during the process.
While out walking, your pooch is most likely going to meet other dogs. This is a great opportunity to help your dog learn acceptable ways of socially interacting with new animals!
It will also help build doggy confidence so your pet will be less afraid to make friends. If your dog does show fear, taking them to a training class is a great way of removing that anxiety in a more controlled environment. Well-socialized pups still like a bit of rough-and-tumble play with other dogs when out for a walk, but they'll know when to stop and will come away without any battle scars.
Your dog is dependent on you to take them out to explore the sights, smells, and sounds of the world, and it's recommended to vary the places you take your pet as much as possible.
Like a child, your dog wants to know the world. If they are confined to the house for too long, pets get bored, and boredom can lead to destructive behavior. Wild animals learn about their environment through mothers and members of the clan, and a domesticated animal only has that opportunity for a few weeks while with their mothers and siblings.