Professional dog walker or pet sitter walking a pack of cute different breed and rescue dogs on leash at city street.

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Walking your dog around the block may be a welcome chance to get some fresh air, but chances are you're not always up for the task. It turns out that, depending on your schedule and your dog's age, breed, and exercise tolerance, you may not have to take out your fur baby as often, or for as long, as you think.

If you don't have the funds to hire a dog walker to wear out your pup and your job makes it hard to squeeze in a walk, aim for a 10-15 minute walk each day, or at least 2-3 times a week, PetMD says. If your pup can access the backyard, even better. If playtime involves a toy, try to get your dog moving for 10-15 minutes, even if it's only indoors.

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At the other end of the spectrum, it's possible to push your dog too far. If, after a walk, your dog drinks water, falls into bed, and doesn't budge for hours, or if it limps during the walk, it may have over-exerted itself. When walking, be aware of when your dog starts slowing down and, if necessary, adjust the length of your outing accordingly.


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