Exercising A Large Dog

Is your canine buddy larger than life? Here at Pendleton Veterinary Clinic, we love working with giant breeds! Big dogs do have some specific care requirements, however. Exercise is one thing to consider. Proper activity is very important! However, a Great Dane’s workout will be very different from a Chihuahua’s exercise routine. Read on as an Anderson, IN vet discusses exercising big dogs.

Figuring Out Fido’s Workout Needs

Your pet’s breed will play a large role in his exercise needs. Brachycephalic breeds, like Bulldogs, have short air passages, and get out of breath very quickly. These guys shouldn’t be encouraged to run or swim. Other pooches can put too much stress on their hips by standing or jumping. Ask your vet for specific advice. You’ll also want to let Fido weigh in. If he seems restless, and/or tends to race around, dig, scratch, or chew, he may not be getting enough activity. However, if you have a furry couch potato on your hands, your dog may not want or enjoy vigorous exercise.


Dogs tend to really thrive on routine. Try to schedule Fido’s workouts for the same time each day. If possible, choose one day a week to let your canine companion explore a bit. Visit a new park or trail, or try a different walking route. The change of scenery will be great for your pup!

Types of Exercise

While most dogs need at least a daily walk, a stroll around the block may not be quite enough activity to keep Fido from becoming bored and restless. You can give your furry buddy a bit more of a workout by incorporating things like running, climbing, and swimming. Your four-legged friend may also enjoy agility training, or getting through doggy obstacle courses. Try a few things, and see what your pooch likes best.


Training is important for all dogs, but it’s especially crucial for large ones. Make sure Fido knows basic commands, like Come, Heel, Stay, Sit, and Lay Down. This is very important for safety reasons!


Does your furry friend like playing Fetch? This is a great doggy workout! Just be sure to choose toys that are the right size for your pup. Fido could choke on toys made for smaller dogs.

Please contact us, your Anderson, IN vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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