All that Energy
So Little Time
Go ahead and give thanks now that dogs are very adaptable. If you've done a reasonable job of choosing a dog that is suitable for your home and are committed to providing for it, odds are that you will do a fine job of providing it with enough mental, physical and emotional outlets.
Dogs are rather easy to exercise since so much of what they do when active falls under the heading of play. By finding virtually anything that your dog enjoys, toys, food, games, etc. you can encourage their sense of play to include more games and activities with the play itself serving as exercise, reward and training! How could it get better? Those who choose dogs with a retriever drive, can quickly develop that into a game that spawns other games and provides exercise (the only drawback being that you don't get much exercise in the process).
Don't hesitate in considering local opportunities for more outlets, field clubs, agility clubs, flyball teams and more. Certainly some dogs and breeds are better suited than others but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the activity regardless of the ability of you and your dog!
Smaller dogs get a measurable amount of exercise (possibly even enough for them in total) running around their house. It takes alot of activity and very short legs to accomplish this though. So dedicating yourself to some physical activity with your dog, preferably daily, would be in everyone's best interest and serve to help burn off any angst the dog can feel over being cooped up too long.
How much exercise? A dog will tell you. Try to watch for signs of injury, especially if you've been walking on hard surfaces like sidewalks and roads (that could have broken glass or other problem substances). Keep in mind that on hot days that asphalt can be painful and overheating is a real concern. Watch for panting, especially in large, heavily coated or dark colored dogs as they have a more difficult time cooling down. Discomfort on the part of your dog can appear to be their response to being tired or sluggish. Overdoing it will never be in your dog's best interest. In fact, the best way to insure their enthusiasm for the next outing is to end it before they are tired or bored. You can always do another shorter play session later!
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