MINIMUM EXERCISE DOGS NEED 🐶 Scary health statistics you need to know 😢

Note, I briefly touch on it, but I could’ve been more clear. Puppies need exercise for mental and physical health, but as they’re growing they don’t need AS MUCH as adult dogs. Here’s a video specifically about puppy exercise tips:

Dog weight loss, exercise amounts and how to tire out a puppy are extremely important, and in this video, I share how much exercise I believe that many dogs need!

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  1. ABigail.10 on February 9, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I would really love to see a video/vlog style of how to get started on DIY prepping a raw food diet for your dogs. Ex: take us to the store, how to know what meats to pick, what veggies and how much to include.., how do you know how much to give your dog etc

  2. Crystal The Animal Lover on February 9, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    This is great information and video thanks for the tips i agree dogs need exercise

  3. o o f on February 9, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    does anyone know how much or how long a 8 week old puppy should walk? Or if they should walk at 8 weeks? If they shouldn’t walk at 8 weeks old, at what age can they start walking?

  4. Ana Larson on February 9, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Ha, mine needs 3x 15 minor 1 exercise and walk and train with attention. But only good for 1 day like that. I agree the 3 x 30 minutes to be better. Mine is a SD so we walk and exercise in am, work then home and repeat, if I can do it someone else does it. Eating real whole foods help regulate their body and mind. Bring I’ll or bad weather can be hard, we also play waiting game which my dog loves too, she is bred for that but it can be a funny game. Great share, keep sharing, blessings.

  5. ActiveAnimals on February 9, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I aim for 2 hours of activity daily, but I don’t feel too bad when I occasionally don’t make it. I do need a break every now and then! A lot of people I’m following have been sharing unusual ideas for stimulating dogs’ minds lately. My favorites have been:
    1. Tying a bunch of empty bottles, toilet paper rolls, empty soap boxes, random other junk on a string, and hanging it between two chairs. Then fill a couple of treats into the bottles, boxes, toilet rolls, and let the dog nudge things around until the treats fall out. This has the advantage that unlike a classic foraging box full of stuff, the dogs can’t pick up the bottles and carry them off, or chew them up.
    2. Scatter treats on a towel, then fold it once or twice, roll it up, then tie into a knot to add extra difficulty. Dog needs to figure out how to undo the knot, then unroll it, before they can get at the food. (Obviously start easy, don’t tie it or fold it the first time around, otherwise the dog will just give up.)
    3. Cut a bunch of empty toilet rolls into thirds (or pieces of various sizes), stand them upright in a box (there need to be enough rolls to completely cover the bottom of the box), and there ya go: you have a beehive-style slow feeder. Now you can either leave the rolls taller, so the dog needs to take them out before they can get at the food, or you can cut them a bit shallower, and glue the rolls down, then let it dangle from a doorknob. That way they need to stand on their hind legs, and try to pin it in place with their front paws to keep it still while they extract the food. (Not on slippery floors please!)
    4. Good-ol-fashioned hide-the-food. I make them wait in the kitchen, while I hide little containers (with a spoonful of wet food in them) throughout the apartment.
    5. Teach them to run around chairs/trees/cones, then send them back and forth between the objects. If you have a backyard, you can set up a large circle of cones, and stand in the middle while they run on the outside of the circle. To make sure the dog doesn’t get bored of just running in a circle, add direction changes and pauses (sit, down, come, other tricks). You can also add hurdles on the outside of the circle, and incorporate jumping and climbing. To motivate the dog to actually run, not just walk, it’s best to use a toy reward instead of food reward. Dogs are more inclined to associate toys with fast movement, whereas treats are better for precision-based tricks.
    6. Sniffing on walks is super enriching and relaxing for dogs.

    7. I happen to have a Kong bone, which I find keeps the dogs occupied a lot longer than the classic Kong. I’m not a fan of giving dogs frozen food (too cold, not good for teeth), so I lodge 2in bully bites (mini bully sticks) into it, and let them figure out how to get it out.
    My favorite food dispensing toy is:
    My favorite puzzle is the Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Level II Puzzle. You need to use it correctly though (most people use it wrong, then complain that it’s too easy). You need very small treats that can fit into the tiny holes on top of the knobs, then the dog needs to move the flaps aside, move the knob over the hole so the treat falls into it, then move the knob out of the way in order to get the food. The Level III Puzzle of the same type looks amazing too, though I haven’t tried it. I like that this puzzle doesn’t have any pieces that can detach and get lost/swallowed. The pieces also seem to slide more easily than on some other puzzle brands, which means the dogs don’t get frustrated, and don’t end up braking it (ahem, my dog).
    8. Another backyard activity is a flirt pole game: Tie a toy on a string to a stick (like a giant cat toy, or fishing rod you use to go "dog fishing". The dog NEEDS to have a solid "drop it" for this one, otherwise the game will be over fast. If you do have a solid "drop it" and "wait/stay" while using this toy, you not only get a whole lot of fast paced sprinting out of it, but also wonderful impulse control practice (=mental stimulation).
    9. I take them rollerjoring (=inline skating), so that I can keep up with their natural speed. If I get lucky, the dog might be in the mood to pull, so I don’t need to put as much effort into it. (I’m not sporty; I don’t do effort.)
    10. I wish I had a carpet mill, but alas, I don’t. (Self-powered treadmill for dogs. Unlike a regular electric treadmill, these things let the dog decide the speed. It won’t move if the dog doesn’t want to, but it will also let the dog sprint at top speed if he chooses to do so.) I will get one once I have the space and money for it.

  6. mixed emotions on February 9, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    A lot of the things you talk about actually also apply to humans 🤔

  7. Dr. G.S. on February 9, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I am about to get a rottie But i can Not run, And sometimes Not even walk out ( fibromialgia). I know they Need like two Hours a day, But there has got a way to exercise him without affecting my health i also have Chronic Fatigue syndrome. I know the obvios answer IS, get another breed. But ….its Diff to explain. Its got yo be a rottie.
    I LOVE that huge poodle.
    Help me out.please.
    Thank you.

  8. Cynthia Lara on February 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I have a rescued dog who I’m trying to take on walks at the local park (not dog park) but when he sees other dogs, he starts to whine extremely loudly and I cannot get his attention back on me. I’ve started to walk the other way if we see another dog approaching and I allow him to watch them from far away. Anything else you suggest? I want to desensitize him from getting that excited and whining that loudly 😩

  9. Kimberly Godin on February 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I do an hour sometimes 2 hour walks a day for my dog. 15m? No thanks. The exercise is for me and my dog ❤️ hikes actually not walks.

  10. Rylie Mitringa on February 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I have an 8 month old hound- mix full of energy! I just posted a video of when i adopted him! please check it out

  11. Emily Curry on February 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Rachel!
    I’m hunting for a way to rescue or adopt a Labrador in Australia
    Any tips?

  12. bm on February 9, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Please reply i have an indian spitz dog .equivalent to a much exercise does he need.he is anxious n bites us if he doesnt get what he wants.

  13. Farriermaiden on February 9, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I walk my dog for 1 to 1-1/2 hours twice a day and play with him up to an hour everyday! He suffers from isolation anxiety and cries when I leave him at home in his kennel. I am trying to find ways to tire him out so he’ll relax in the kennel. At first I thought it was not enough exercise but now I think he needs more mental stimulation.

  14. TheVanillaGorilla on February 9, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    if anyone could answer me it would be great, when you say walks wont cut it what do you suggest just running? i go on a 1 mile walk to slight jog with each of my dogs

  15. Courtney Harrel on February 9, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Great info. Currently have an almost 10 year old yellow lab who had surgery last Thursday. Recently noticed she’s put on weight and don’t want her to get obese in her old age as she’s always been lean. Our cat, her playmate, died this month and I’m worried as kids are gone and husband is working a lot that she is not getting enough interaction and exercise. Started walking her before the surgery (which is not my favorite exercise) but glad to find you and get some new ideas and dog knowledge.

  16. Lauren on February 9, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Can you do videos on untraining your dog to sleep with you

  17. Nelly Martinez on February 9, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    My dog does not play fetch or play with toys but he sure runs👍

  18. jenf on February 9, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Can you talk about dogs and daycare.

  19. Gabby Klo on February 9, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    We have the best Golden Retriever in the world, never growls, jumps up, bites, chews on anything. He’s old, 10 years old. He has arthritis everywhere, never fully recovered from surgery, and has heavy (non-cancerous) tumors all over him. We can only walk him every other day, or else he won’t be able to get off of the floor. 😭 He’s my baby though,

  20. Crystal The Animal Lover on February 9, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I go for walks when i can and run around in the backyard with my dog and throw a toy and dog puzzles and agility

  21. Marie Klüver-Kristensen on February 9, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Every day I walk in a slightly different direction. Make some new turns etc. Also, he has a Kong Wobbler which he often gets food in. And in the weekends, we often visit people or places. He’s still a puppy at 9 months old, so he just needs some new scents or sights to be tired.

  22. Sa Yee Wen on February 9, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Ways to tire out/ exercise your dog
    1) find an indoor dog agility class and take them there
    2)ask for commands after you throw the ball for your dog to fetch
    3) Take them out for a walk ask for commands during a walk
    4) hide treats around your house
    5) put treats in a cupcake tray then put balls on top of it
    6) If your dog likes to chase you run around
    7) Try walking your dog in different places/ terrains
    8) Teach new commands: jumping over a box
    9) Hide food under a towel/ blanket
    10) Hide food inside a toilet roll then fold the sides in/ stuff them with tissue/ cut lines and fold it in
    11) Have two people sit on opposite ends of the couch and ask for the touch command/opposite ends of a room/ hallway and ask the dog to come
    12) Hide treats in bags/ under cardboard boxes
    13) Hide treats in between cheap/ old bowls like Ikea ones
    14)work on heel with your dog
    15) Puppy pushups: ask them to sit, down and repeat
    16) Get your dog to be even better at commands: after they learn to look at you teach them to look longer before rewarding, after they learn stay walk clockwise and/or anti-clockwise before rewarding
    17) Vary the pace during a walk make sure to speed up at times

    *Don’t repeat commands say it once wait for them to do it reward sometimes you can guide them with hand gestures into it if they need help
    * end things on a positive note don’t let your dog get frustrated and dislike them
    * You can play some in the crate

  23. Tammy Elliott on February 9, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Can you exercise your dog too much?? I take my 5 month old Maremma mix for 2-3 15 minute walks a day plus a bit of fetch, is that too much? I don’t want to hurt her joints or anything.

  24. Martha Rodriguez on February 9, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Raechel I was wondering is the bone and Co raw food healthy. You have helped me so much.I litterly don’t know what I would do without you .You showed me that dogs are alot more than what they look like. Also what is your opinion on responsible breeders?

  25. mattia dizard on February 9, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    My poodle mix was obese due to a luxatting patellla and she came sadly from aback yard breeder that lived in public housing and its easy for people to breed in public housing. Cause housing never does random pop ins on residents with pets in neptune public housing in new jersey so now in ridge court apartments in neptune nj there is a new bacl yardbreeder that breed her shihtzu 3 times sold puppies for 800 a puppy and its not like she plan on moving out of public housing she still lives in ridge courts sadly hud does a bad job of preventing this

  26. Helen Clarkson on February 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I love the idea of a love army! Needing the love right now?
    My husband and I have just adopted a 3 legged street dog who’d been in a Lebanese shelter for a couple of years. She about 4, an absolute sweet heart and already tentatively house trained but her stamina needs building for walks. We’re taking her out for a walk/jog 3 times a day for 15 minutes as she struggles with her single front leg after that. We’re starting clicker training to get going on that so we keep her mentally stimulated. She seems quite happy to just chill most of the day just now as it’s sort of all she’s known for a long time. I’m very aware that this won’t be the way forever! We want an active dog who can do a good walk with us, even if that’s just an hour because of her leg. It’s coming up to the end of her first week with us and it’s going well, but I’ve now discovered the minefield of different opinions in dog training! We’re all about positive reinforcement but I’m so afraid of doing something wrong. I really love your videos, when you speak to reassure people, I really do feel reassured!

  27. Hailey on February 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I love your videos Rachel! You’re videos have helped me be a so much with my dog

  28. Tiny Little Films on February 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    View our socialize and keep active short film.

  29. Talli on February 9, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Hey Rachel,
    I watched a bunch of your raw feeding videos and I would like to feed my puppy raw. I think you use The Bones & Co. I also heard that you feed your dogs at a random time each day only once. Do you feed it anything else throughout the day, such as a raw or boiled egg? I feel like one chunk of meat wouldn’t be enough, but if it is, I would gladly start feeding my pup raw! Thank you!

    *Also, do you cook the raw meat or no?* 💞💞

  30. Welshgirl21 on February 9, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Scamp has a 60 minute walk in the morning where we’ll go to a local field/woodland and he can run off lead, we play fetch and I’ll also ask him for commands. Then in the evening he has a 30 minute sniff walk where we walk slower and I let him sniff whatever he wants. I usually let him choose the route as well. We also work on training through the day so if he’s walking around the house I’ll ask him for a sit or down just to improve his listening x

  31. TippyRoh on February 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    My 11 month old puppy has patella and hip pains, i take her to physio therapy every week and do balance training with her, she gets 2 brain teasers througout the day and 2 30 minute walks. (2 30 mins walk is what the vet said i should do, more would be bad for her legs)
    I also play tug of war with her as much as she is intrested to do. But still, she is soo under stimulated. I see how depressed she is and its so sad to watch. Before we found out she had leg problems i used to take long walks and play fetch alot, its her favorite things to do. but i cant do either of those and its so sad..

    Im moving to an apartment with forest right outside so she doesnt have to have her walks just around the neighborhood.
    Cant wait to see if it helps her mood

  32. Rosebud Cottage on February 9, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    How much exercise per day for a 12 year old 18 pound blind Bichon Frise with collapsed trachea and Cushings Disease with no behavior problems?

  33. Desiree Rousseau on February 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    What if we did 30 in the morning and 1 hour in the evening, does that still count? Or is it better to pace it through out the day?

  34. ThatCityDoc on February 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    if anyone has tips on how to exercise your dog and yourself at the same time other than going on walks/runs/hikes… please share 👀👀👀

  35. Chocolate 🍫 HamDog 🐶🐾🦴🐶 on February 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    2 hour hikes,1 hour walk around, fetch, run 🏃‍♀️ around together go to the park not the dog park he always get fleas and paw 🐾 infections!

  36. Inês Lucas on February 9, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    We live in Finland. I find very hard to exercise my dog enough , he is reactive on leash so I have to use a head collar. He is a very big boy. We have a lot of dogs around here so it’s impossible to release him and be safe. Plus, it’s illegal.
    Sometimes we go to dog park when there isn’t other dogs, but there isn’t always the time for it. I would like to exercise more but find it hard to do it safely!

  37. Diane Erickson on February 9, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    5 month old Border Collie. Two 20-25 minute walks a day with a stop for about 10 fetches where she can run like crazy. I wonder if I am overdoing it for a puppy but she loves to run!

  38. Kyle Salisbury on February 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I’d also like to add to research the breed you plan on getting. A Border Collie requires a lot more exercise than toy poodles. It irritates me when I see people with border collies and they don’t know how high energy they are. Mine goes to doggie daycare every day while I work (about 10 hours) She gets her playtime and socialization. That way I can just relax after work. I take her hiking on the weekends and have dabbled in agility and herding.

  39. Lamar Bowman on February 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I wish raw food was more affordable, I have a 7 month old standard goldendoodle and he weighs 55 pounds, he is expected to be 95-105 pounds when fully grown so he will need a lot of food to meet his needs

  40. patchtheservicebear on February 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Hey you’re super cool I subbed immediately. You have nice energy.😎

  41. KPOP. Lyrics on February 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    What veterinary do u take your dogs to?

  42. Chloe A on February 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Hi! Do you have any tips to get your dog to listen and obey in new places? When I go on walks, I try to call his name, tell him to leave it, or sit etc and he’s so distracted he doesn’t even look at me

  43. Alex B on February 9, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I took my dog to an off-leash dog park with a trail through the woods, so she was running back and forth a lot, jumping in the water and mud, and practicing coming when called. She’s quite shy, so she does better when we’re away from other people or dogs to take "breaks" from socializing. I’m working on socializing a 1y rescue, so slow and steady has been the pace.

  44. Kate Yurkova on February 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for your videos! Also, just wanna let you know that the chart link is broken

  45. albyydo on February 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I think I’ll tire my dog out when I get one

  46. Pauline on February 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Don’t get a dog if you only have 15 min of your day to give, that’s just cruel. They’re not a house plant

  47. Carter Harrington on February 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    i have all the time it the word to exersise my dog

  48. topa the cockatiel on February 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    She is our savior

  49. MR CHUNK on February 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I’m getting a dog 1feb can’t wait!

  50. Nishit Tarantula on February 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    *I’m loving your videos!♡*

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