You open the door and suddenly you are assaulted by a cute, little ball of fluff. This is how most pet owners are greeted when they get home from work, especially if you are an owner of a Westie! This little pup packs a lot of energy in that small package and you would think that because of all that energy they would need a lot of exercises, right?
Well, they do, but just because they have all that energy doesn’t mean that they cannot become lazy. (If you want more information on Westies check out WestieVibes.com).
This means it's up to you to get your dog off the couch and into the fresh air for some much-needed exercise. If you want your Westie to live their full life cycle and do it in health, then exercise is super important (as it is for humans and other dog breeds alike). But just how much exercise do they need? In this article, we are going to give you some insights into that as well as some fun ideas for exercises and what to do if they don’t want to.
Exercise: How Much Do They Need?
The exact amount of exercise required by your Westie depends on things like age, size and their overall health. The one thing that you as a pet owner needs to know is that exercise is exceptionally important to their health both now and in the future.
Westies are a terrier and they tend to be energetic which means they may need a great deal more exercise than other breeds. There are different sized terriers and because the Westie is one of the smaller, they will not require as much as longer-legged, larger members of the family.
Another factor in deciding how much exercise your Westie needs is age. You wouldn’t roll grandma out on the track and say, ‘run some laps — it will make you feel better,’ would you? However, you may do that to your young kid or even that teenager.
So just like with humans, you need to adjust just how much exercise your Westie gets proportionate to their age and energy levels. That does not mean that the older dog does not need exercise; in fact, they need more encouragement to get it, but it does mean that maybe the exercise you choose is a little gentler on them. If you get a good routine going, there are a lot of great benefits for your Westie. Benefits like:
Ideally, for Westies, you should plan on 2.5 hours of exercise a day. This exercise should be brisk and high energy. This can differ for puppies and elderly dogs. Finding the right routine that works with your schedule and your dog's health needs can be challenging, so below we give you a few ideas that could help you with that.
Tips and Ideas for Exercises
Building that routine needs to start small. Just like you do not hit the gym for a four-hour training session when you haven't been there in a while, your dog needs to build up stamina and cardio strength. Here are a few tips and ideas that could help you out:
These are just some ideas. With a consistent focus on ensuring that your Westie gets enough exercise, you and they will become more reliant on this time. But what if they don’t want to exercise?
What If They Don’t Want to Play?
If the pup has been living a lazy life, they may be a little resistant to the idea of getting out there. If this is the case, you need to be patient and as we said above, start slow. You may also want to keep an eye for exercises or activities that elicit movement and concentrate on them; after all Westies can be quite stubborn.
If, however, your Westie suddenly decides that they are not having it then you may want to consider there may be something wrong. Make sure they’re fully hydrated and check for injuries. If their resistance continues you may want to visit your vet to make sure there is not a more serious issue.
Overall, the best rule of thumb is that a typical Westie needs roughly two-and-a-half hours of high-energy exercise every day. By taking your time and starting slow while paying attention to what your Westie like you can create an exercise routine that will have you and your best friend together for longer, and be healthier too.