Get Your Husky Moving - How Much Exercise and What's the Best Way?

Is your dog trying to tell you something? Maybe he isn’t getting enough exercise and his frustration is showing in a string of holes in your backyard or other destructive behaviors.

If you've ever wondered how much exercise your Husky needs or what the best way to provide it is, then this blog is for you!

Let’s look at how much exercise your Husky should be getting each day and the best ways for them to get it. We'll also look at what can happen if a Husky isn't getting enough exercise – so read on!

How Much Exercise Does a Husky Need?

Lots of breeds today were originally bred to be working dogs. Stamina and endurance were encouraged to produce dogs that don’t tire easily — which means they are highly energetic.

However, when you’re talking about high-energy dogs, Siberian Huskies take the cake. They were bred for pulling sleds after all, and are capable of running more than 100 miles in a single day! In the snow and uphill both ways.

No, for a husky, a few jaunts around the backyard or a quick walk around the neighborhood just isn’t going to cut it.

An adult Husky needs about two hours of vigorous activity per day. Ideally, this would be broken up into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening.

What About a Husky Puppy?

Husky puppies are still growing and aren’t quite ready for the rigors their adult body will eventually be able to withstand. Thus, they won’t need quite as much exercise as an adult.

However, they still need a proper amount or their puppy wiggles will wiggle out of control!

A good rule of thumb to follow is to provide 5 minutes of formal exercise for every month of age. So a four-month-old puppy needs 20 minutes and so on.

Having a fenced-in backyard for your husky puppy where he can roam and play is also a good idea. He’ll romp and explore and get any extra exercise he needs on his own.

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The Best Ways to Provide Exercise for Your Husky

Since you’re not likely to be running 100 miles every day, long walks or even runs with your Husky probably won’t be enough. While these can certainly be part of your exercise routine, you’re going to need to provide opportunities for your dog to burn off more energy than you can.

Vary the route of your daily walk (run) occasionally to help keep things interesting for your Husky as well. Mental stimulation is just as important as exercise! Better yet, if you can take him hiking on occasion, he’ll think he’s died and gone to heaven.

If you want to mix things up a bit, why not try agility training or sledding or have him pull you along on your bicycle? These activities provide an extra challenge while also being lots of fun – plus they’ll tire out your pup in no time!

Another great idea is to find an area with space to run where your dog can be off the leash. Games of fetch with a ball or frisbee are great for getting them moving. Jumping to catch the frisbee also works more muscles and challenges their coordination.

If you can find a flight of stairs where your dog can safely be off-leash, take things one step further. Toss his ball up the stairs to give him an extra-stimulating workout running up and down. If you’ve ever tried stair running, you know how challenging it can be!

Finally, don't forget about mental stimulation either; interactive toys are great for keeping their minds busy when you can’t be there with them.

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What Happens if a Husky Doesn't Exercise Enough?

It starts with the zoomies. You know, when your dog starts frantically racing around the yard trying to burn off steam.

While this stage is quite entertaining, the following stages are decidedly less so.

Huskies that don’t get enough exercise get bored and frustrated. There’s a reason that huskies are notorious for “bad behavior” and this is usually it. If they don’t get enough exercise, they start going crazy inside and it comes out through digging, chewing, and tearing up your favorite couch cushions.

If the lack of exercise is long-term, health consequences can start to kick in. They may become lethargic and bored without regular physical activity. Plus, their muscles won’t develop or be maintained properly and their bodies could become weak over time.

This means that your pup might struggle to keep up with other dogs on walks or during playtime – something which can be very frustrating for them!

On top of all this, an inactive lifestyle can cause weight gain in Huskies. This increases the risk of developing medical conditions like joint problems or diabetes.

Time For An Activity Tracker

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A Happy Life with a Husky

A Husky won’t happily live life as a couch potato. But with the right balance of daily exercise, a Husky can be a devoted and loving companion.

So just make sure you’ve got plenty of space for this pup to run if you plan on getting a Husky!

For more helpful articles about pet-parenting tips, check out the Off Leash blog at TryFi.com.

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