“How much exercise does a pug need?” is definitely one of the most common questions we come across from those looking to welcome pugs into their families, as well as those who are already pug owners.
The best way to answer this question is:
Generally, pugs do not require huge amounts of exercise.
Having said this, exercise is an important part of everyday life, and it can give you a lot of benefits, whether you are a human or a dog (are you?) – but we will focus on dogs health in this article, obviously.
Benefits of exercising your dog regularly
Some of the benefits of exercise in pugs include:
- Physical health benefits – Regularly exercising will prevent your pugs to become over-weight, which as a result, can cause some health issues, and also have potential impacts on their life expectancy – the healthier you are the longer you live typically right? Other health benefits include reducing digestive problems and the risk of heart diseases and help healthy hip joints.
- Some studies show regular exercise can lead to dogs becoming more well behaved. For example, as we have previously mentioned, exercise can prevent your dog from being bored and reduce destructive behaviours, such as chewing furniture and barking.
- It’s not just physical benefits your dog will get from exercise, he/she will benefit from improving their mental health. Regular exercise can lead to decreasing the overall level of anxiety and stress in dogs.
- Exercise can help you and your dog to increase your bond. What’s more, it can also help your dog to become more sociable with other dogs and humans.
So overall, regular exercise equals happier dogs – and it all makes sense.
But the main question is:
How Much Exercise Do Pugs Need?
OK, so we still haven’t answered this properly.
How much exercise a dog needs will depend hugely on a number of different factors including the breed, age and fitness level. And particularly in pugs, they do not require huge amounts, and it is also important that they are not over-exercised.
With pugs being a short-nosed breed, and being prone to breathing issues, which can somewhat have limitations to what kind of exercise they can do. For example, if you are looking for a dog to go for a jog with you, getting a pug would not be the right option.
What kind of exercise should a pug get?
The most suitable type of exercise for your pug would be a daily walk. From our own experience, no more than 20 to 30 minutes. There are also a few things you should take into consideration when you are taking your pug for a walk.
- Pugs are not very good with heat, meaning they can get overheated in hot weather. So avoid walking your pug when it’s too hot. This is especially in the summer, it is important that you choose suitable times like early in the morning or in the evening
- For the same reason above, it is important that your pug is hydrated during your walk. Make sure your pug is drinking water regularly.
- A dog harness is better than a collar – Dog harnesses offer better control than collars, meaning you will be able to better guide and control your pug during a walk. Collars can also harm your pug’s neck if pulled too hard, which would not be a problem with harnesses. This is a topic that is very subjective and can be divided but we definitely recommend dog harnesses.
- In the winter, make sure your pug is kept warm with a water-proof jacket – Our pugs certainly do not enjoy the rain and wet conditions, but it is important that they are getting daily exercise to make sure they are not becoming couch potatoes.
- Keep an eye on your pug that s/he is breathing easily.
So, hopefully, we’ve answered all the questions you were looking for (I’m guessing you were googling how much exercise pugs need before you got to this page.) If you have any more tips, please let us know by leaving a comment below.