If you’re like most of us New Englanders, when the cold strikes, you don’t want to get off the couch, never mind bundle up and taking the pooch out! Have you glanced at him/her one morning when breakfast rolls around, and said to yourself “I think he’s getting a bit chunky”?
Well, truth be told, we have too! Sometimes, it’s hard to get a good grasp as to what our pet needs; Do they need a twenty minute walk, forty? Or a trip to the dog park? Much like us humans, no two dogs are the same. While maintaining an active lifestyle is fabulous, it’s important to remember that every breed has it’s specific needs..
High Energy, Agile Breeds
Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Terriers, Vizsla
What they need: A MINIMUM of 30 minutes of activity a day. They need something more high intensity such as a run, a good game of chase or a romp at the dog park.
Akita, Doberman, Husky, Bull Mastiff
What they need: These dogs in particular, need a JOB! Without feeling as though they have a purpose, they get very destructive and working breeds are not for the novice owner. They need more one on one time, and toys are a great alternative to treats in positive reinforcement training.
Non Sporting/Companion Breeds
Bulldog, Tibetan Terrier, Bichon Frise
What they need: These breeds have a lesser drive to hunt and chase and tend to make more suitable pets – which means they don’t require an experienced owner.
Fun Fact: Currently the AKC recognized 175 dog breeds!