How much exercise does a Lurcher need?
The wonderful Lurcher comes in all shapes and sizes but one thing’s for sure, these pups are usually smart, energetic, and fast.
Lurchers are crossbreeds, usually with one sighthound parent (like a greyhound) and another parent from another working breed. This means there is loads of variation in their size, personalities and needs, so there’s no one size fits all when it comes to figuring out how much exercise they need.
How much exercise does my Lurcher need?
For most Lurchers, you should aim for at least 40 minutes of exercise per day. Whilst this goal may seem low, it’s all thanks to their sighthound heritage.
Contrary to popular belief, sighthounds don’t need tons of exercise. In fact, they love to lounge around all day, making them low maintenance pets. When they do get out for their daily walkies, they love to run, so take them somewhere secure and safe where they can be off lead for a while.
If you think your Lurcher needs a more challenging exercise goal, your pup will rise to the challenge – just make sure you consider their health and fitness before tackling that mountainous hike.
To get an exercise goal that is truly tailored to your pup, just download the PitPat app and enter their details. You can increase or decrease their goal manually if it’s better suited to your dog, and you can track it all with a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor for just £39.
How much exercise does my Lurcher puppy need?
Lurcher puppies are a bundle of energy. And whilst it’s tempting to take them on a long walk to tire them out, the fact is that it’s very easy to overexercise these pups.
So, to keep your puppy healthy and wear them out, keep their walkies short and frequent. If your pup still has loads of energy, mix up their routine with walks in unfamiliar environments, and play plenty of enrichment games with them to get their brains working.
As your puppy grows up, they can handle steadily more exercise. To keep track of how much they need, keep checking their profile in the PitPat app.
How much exercise does a senior Lurcher need?
As your Lurcher gets older, it’s natural that they slow down. Perhaps they spend less time running, more time sleeping and show less enthusiasm for walkies.
When this time comes, it’s best to reduce their activity. It’ll help prevent mobility issues and injuries and keep them healthy well into their golden years. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to cut out their activity completely. Just tone it down and stick to gentle strolls a couple of times a day.
As your Lurcher gets older we’ll gradually reduce their activity goal in the PitPat app automatically, so you never need to worry whether they’re getting exactly the right amount.
What are the best types of exercise for Lurchers?
Lurchers are smart, agile dogs, meaning they love dog sports. Dog sports will help keep your Lurcher both physically fit and mentally stimulated, meaning you get a tired and happy dog at the end of the day. Here are our favourite dog sports for your Lurcher:
Flyball – Flyball is an exciting, fast-paced team sport where dogs compete in a relay against another team. Some of the best flyball teams in the country have Lurchers, so why not give it a go?
Lure coursing – Lurchers were bred to chase and kill game. Lure coursing lets them tap into that instinct in a safe environment where no animal gets hurt.
Scent games – Give your Lurcher’s nose a thorough workout by hiding treats around your garden and getting them to sniff them out. Not only will it get them moving and thinking, but sniffing can be a very calming activity, great when they need to relax.
Whether your Lurcher prefers lounging around or taking off like a rocket, making sure they’re getting just the right amount of exercise is a must. With a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor you’ll be able to check how they’re doing every day so you know they’re getting the very best. Get yours today for just £39.