How often should you walk your dog?

Dog Walking

As a general rule, you should walk your dog 3 – 4 times per day for at least 15 minutes each hike, but this can vary according to:

  • Your dog’s breed
  • Your dog’s age, size and health conditions
  • Your dog’s activity level
    • Large or very active dogs need at least 1 hour of walking per day

Why walk your dog?

A simple walk contributes to improving your dog’s social behavior as well as strengthening the bond that ties you two together. If you see dog walks as fun moments in the day, you can have fun while working towards keeping your dog healthy.

Walking your dog on a leash can help your dog develop discipline while he walks beside you and at your pace. And can also help reduce destructive chewing or scratching

The hidden benefits of walking your dog

But the benefits are not just for your dog!  Spending time outside while you walk your dog can boost your fitness and overall sense of well-being.  Daily walks can lower blood pressure, strengthen your bones, and slash your diabetes risk.


When most people think about why their dog might benefit from a mid-day dog walk, the most common reasons that come to mind are a potty break and exercise.   A mid-day dog walk or backyard playtime may be a small detail, but it can make a big difference to a dog left alone at home if you have a long work-day.

Providing a mid-day dog walk of twenty to forty minutes during the work-day not only helps to satisfy the dog’s activity requirement but can give the pet parent a reprieve on days when you can’t or just don’t want to run home after work and take your dog for a walk.

22192 Pet Care provides services in Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Occoquan, and Lorton Virginia with mid-day dog walks and pet care drop-in services. Please vist my site for additional information and to schedule a free initial consultation, and your first walk is free! or visit us on Facebook