Bullmastiff exercise needs: why is adequate physical activity so important?

Owner's question:

"Welcome! I have a Bullmastiff (Bullmastiff) and sometimes he seems to sleep too much and move too little. I have heard that Bullmastiffs have a tendency to be obese and I am concerned that my dog may not be getting enough exercise. How much exercise does a Bullmastiff need? What is the best way to ensure he gets the activity he needs?"

Vet's detailed answer:

"Hi! Bullmastiffs are large, powerful dogs and as such, they require a lot of exercise. However, they are not as active as a Border Collie or a Labrador, for example, and can be prone to laziness if they are not motivated.

Bullmastiffs are prone to obesity, which causes serious health problems, so it is very important that you give them enough exercise!

Generally speaking, a Bullmastiff needs at least an hour of active exercise a day.

This could be walking, running, playing or agility exercise to tire the dog out. However, be aware that Bullmastiffs are also prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, so too intense exercise should also be avoided. Consulting your vet can help you determine what type of exercise is best for your dog.

There are also many things you can do to get your dog more active in the home. For example, you can use interactive toys to encourage exercise or introduce outdoor playtime in the garden.

Agility training can also be a good way to keep Bullmastiffs busy, not only physically but also mentally.

Regular and moderate exercise is important for Bullmastiffs to maintain a healthy weight and stay in good health.

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Consultation with your vet will help you choose the most appropriate form of exercise. By monitoring your dog's activity level and weight, you can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and a long, happy life!"