It can be difficult for busy pet owners to find the time to make sure their dog gets enough exercise. However, it’s indisputable that effective exercise is one of the best things for a dog’s health, behaviour and happiness. Here’s a quick guide to the best practices for exercising your dog.

Go for a Walk

It might sound a bit obvious, but going for regular walks is an absolute must for most dogs. There are many things, however, that you might not have thought very much about. How frequently should you walk? How long should they be? What time of day do you walk your dog, and at what pace?

These components are all dependant on a variety of factors like the age and breed of the dog , the weather, any injuries that have to be considered, and your own ability to keep up. Owners of untrained dogs should be especially careful of hazards like other dogs, wildlife, and busy roads. Consider a dog training course if you haven’t already.


Some dogs have been bred to swim and are at their happiest in the water. The American Water Spaniel, Cantabrian Water Dog, and Portuguese Water Dog are all, unsurprisingly, dogs that love the water. You’ll also often find that Poodles, Curly Coated Retrievers and Barbets love to have a splash. 

However, it is important to note that not all dogs are bred to be great swimmers. Top heavy dogs who have a large chest proportional to their small hind section struggle to stay afloat. Short dogs with teeny little legs often struggle to generate enough force to remain buoyant. Bulldogs, Boxers, Dachshunds, and Pugs are just some of the breeds that can have trouble swimming.

Play in a Park

A dog will often need more exercise than its owner. In cases like that, just going for a run or a walk alongside your pet isn’t going to be enough – you’ll be puffed out, but they’ll still want to keep going.

If you’ve got a dog that knows how to play with other dogs and strangers, take them to a dog park (preferably with protective fences) and let them loose. They’ll be able to run around and get as much exercise as they like. It is imperative, however, that your dog has been properly trained before you let them off the leash.

Dog Obedience Courses

Is your dog in need of a canine training course?

Did you know that NDTF is the national representative for the dog training industry and we offer Australia’s only government-approved dog training course for professional dog trainers?

For professional advice or enquiries about any issues you’re experiencing with your dog or more information about becoming a dog training trainer by getting a dog training certification, call 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online.