Playful and ready to rumble, the Boston Terrier is a lively doggo with an upbeat personality. They’re quick to adapt to new environments and can be happy within apartment walls as long as they get enough activity per day. And you won’t have to play with them for hours. While each dog is different, on average, Bostons need at least 45–60 minutes of daily exercise.
Fetch, tug-of-war, and puzzle toys are some of the games that Boston Terriers like to play. Or you can go for a walk/run. So, how do you exercise with this lovely dog? We have all the answers right here!
Boston Terriers: The American Gentlemen
It’s impossible not to fall in love with the Boston Terriers! These dogs are gentle, friendly, and hard-wired to please their owners. They are inquisitive, too, and ever-ready to join you on a walk or jog. A well-trained Boston has perfect manners and takes its morning strolls with a rhythmic step. Add the trademark short, sleek, and luxurious coat, and you’ll see why this breed is often called the American Gentleman.
Sweethearts by nature, Boston Terriers have big, loving eyes, a short muzzle, and a short tail. They’re not that big, by the way: the average Boston weighs 12–25 pounds (5.4 – 11.3 kg) and stands 15–17 inches tall. More importantly, these dogs are equally affectionate toward adults, children, and fellow pets. So, if you’re looking for a compact, open-hearted doggo, do consider adopting a Boston Terrier!
An Hour or 30 Minutes: How Much Exercise Is Enough?
Bostons have a curious, cheerful nature and love outdoor activities, but they don’t need to be outside 24/7. You won’t have to play or exercise with them for 4–5 hours, either. These dogs can stay happy and fit with only an hour of daily activity. For some pooches, even 30–40 minutes of exercise will be enough. Yes, it depends on the dog, but the older the pet gets, the more dedicated exercise they’re going to need.
Senior canines tend to have various medical conditions. The same goes for puppies; be very careful not to put too much pressure on the dog’s muscles and joints. Starting off, even ten minutes of activity might be a bit too much. The vets recommend going slow and adding extra five minutes each month, allowing the pet to develop properly. Also, consistency is imperative: Bostons need exercise every day!
The Best Exercises for a Boston Terrier
What kinds of exercises do these dogs like? Should you take them on your daily walks or play intelligent games like fetch or tug-of-war? Well, why not try all of them? By doing different things, you’ll be able to keep the doggo excited for tomorrow’s “trials”. And that’s exactly how you create a strong bond with your Boston.
The Biggest Benefits of Exercises for Boston Terriers
Just like any other dog, Boston Terriers rely heavily on daily activity to stay healthy, fit, and mentally stimulated. If they turn into couch potatoes and spend all day watching TV and snacking on treats, it will negatively impact their well-being.
Tips For Keeping the Dog Safe During Exercise
Boston Terriers are prone to overheating. That’s why you shouldn’t expose them to direct sunlight and you shouldn’t walk them on hot days or peak temperature hours. If you’re going for a walk or a jog, do it in the second half of the day, when the sun is setting. More than that, because Boston Terriers have brachycephalic syndrome, they will run out of breath fairly quickly. So, give your dog plenty of breaks! Another reason for that is their short legs: they’re not built for long runs.
Next, while you should reward the dog with treats, remember that Bostons are at high risk for obesity. Letting it gain extra pounds may result in inflamed joints (arthritis), diabetes, heart conditions, and even cancer. To keep your dog in proper shape, talk to your veterinarian. They’ll tell you what kind of premium-quality food and treats to buy for your Boston Terrier to keep them at a healthy weight and will help you formulate a diet plan if they’re overweight or obese.
Despite their inquisitive nature, Boston Terriers are considered low-maintenance dogs. Now, they do require their fair share of exercise per day. But the American gentlemen also like to chill on the couch, especially after some high-activity games. So, it all comes down to finding the right balance between playing with this dog and letting it rest.
Even if you only have 40–50 minutes per day to jog with your four-legged bud, in most cases, that will be enough to keep it fit, healthy, and happy. Use the tips from our guide to pick the best exercises for your dog , be there to reward them with treats, and you’ll quickly turn into the dog’s biggest hero!
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