Dalmatian Exercise and Activity Tips

Dalmatian Exercise and ActivityFor Dalmatians, exercising is not only fun and exciting but it also comes with a lot of benefits for their health. Dogs that sit home all day and don’t get enough time to spend outdoors to run around and play tend to live unhappier and unhealthier lives.

Exercising is not only beneficial for the Dalmatians physical body, but it also helps calm and relax their minds. An hour or two a day will help relieve some of the tension and stress that might be caused out of boredom and loneliness. And trust me – having a dog that is relaxed and calm is a lot easier than having a dog around that feels agitated, stressed, and nervous.

How Much Exercise Do Dalmatians Need?

Each dog is different and will need different levels of physical activity per day. However for the most part, the dog will let you know when he or she is too exhausted. Never force the dog to exercise against their will, it will only cause them more stress. Start off with 15-30 minutes of running with your dog per day and build on it until you find the ideal amount.

Dalmatian Exercise and TipsExercising a young Dalmatian puppy – Since puppies are still growing, it’s actually not a good idea to over-exercise them. Their energy usually comes in short bursts. So playing several short games throughout the day is the ideal way to exercise a Dalmatian Puppy.

Exercising 6-12 month old Dalmatian – Around this age you can start taking him out for longer walks. No need to run or jog, just a regular walk around the block couple times a day will do. If you own a fenced yard, let them out to run around there for a good part of the day. It’s also helpful to take the dog out more often if you’re in the process of house training them.

Exercising an adult Dalmatian – An adult Dalmatian will rarely say “No” to a chance to flex their legs. These dogs were bred over the years for their stamina so the urge to run is deeply hardwired into their brains. So don’t be scared to take the dog out for your morning run with you. If anything, he will probably push you to run faster and for longer.

Tips and Ideas for Exercising

Tired of using the same training ideas with your puppy and want to try something new? Or maybe you just need a couple of new ideas to start exercising with your puppy. Here are some things that you can try:

Take your Dalmatian jogging with you – If you go out for the morning runs already, why not take your puppy with you. He will enjoy the time he gets to spend with his owner.

Dalmatian Fetch GameTeach your Dalmatian fetch – Fetch is a pretty fun game for any dog and it’s perfect for the owner that doesn’t want to or is too tired to constantly run with his or her dog. All you have to do is stand there and throw the ball and the dog will do the rest on his own.

Let him play with other dogs – If your dog can behave around other dogs, take him to the park and let him play with some other dogs. The most common game dogs like to play is chase, and that requires quite a bit of stamina and energy.

Take him out on more walks – Even if you’re not running on the walk with the Dalmatian, a simple walk is still some exercise. So if you have an extra 15 minutes and don’t have anything to do why don’t you take the dog out for a walk?

Happier and Healthier Dalmatian

Want more ideas, tips and suggestions on how to own a happy, healthy and obedient Dalmatian dog? Check out the Dalmatian Owners Guide. It’s the most complete guide on the breed and covers what every Dalmatian owner needs to know about their dogs.

Continue Reading: Dalmatian Care 101

About The Author

Charles Owens is a proud Dalmatian owner, trainer and enthusiast. He has been helping Dalmatian owners for years through his website, discussion forum and personal one on one training sessions.

He has also written a complete guide on what it takes to raise a healthy, happy and obedient Dalmatian.

You can find the complete guide here: The Complete Dalmatian Guide



All the Dalmatians are very cute. Even I had a Dalmatians too. She always wanted to play with me. She was a very energetic dog. Her name was Cristy, she always wanted to play with a Pomeranian dog Gumo. I think all dogs are very cute!

Manoranjan Bhoi:

Hi, I’m Manoranjan. I have a pretty dal with me about 7 months old. He enjoys with me in jugging, jumping during morning exercises. He never forgets to beat me in advance. He always tries to win AND win. My TITTO never mistakes to remeber me if I am late. He is very punctual to alarm whether breakfast or lunch either in time.
I never mind to assign him as my master.

Manoranjan. Bhubaneswar


Ive heard that dalmatians can be very destructive if left alone for long parts of the day. If I can run it before and after work will that be enough exercise to keep it from getting frustrated while im gone and destroying things?

Parshuram B.:

Yes, they are destructive when left alone for more than 4 hours. How do you keep them calm then?


They’re not any more destructive than any other medium/large size dogs (e.g., labs). You have to dog proof your home. If your dog likes to shred up paper, then don’t leave paper around. You won’t know until it happens. Mine is more needy if she hasn’t been out to play in over 2 days. She needs at least an hour outside at a time, but ours is never tired. My husband runs her 10 miles once a week (not including her daily dog park time) and she naps for 20 mins after and is ready to go again. Because of this, We found that leash training was super difficult because of the intense energy built up inside. Every dog is different. Just hope you get lucky and get a semi-calm one. One thing that is the same with all dals is the SHEDDING! All day. All night. All year, everywhere and lots of it too. It hooks on to your clothes like Velcro.


I have a lazy Dalmatian. Today (January 1st) I decided getting up earlier and start jogging after a long break. Well, after I got up my Dalmatian went in my bed and covered his head. On every attempt to wake him up he was mumbling like an old person so I had to run alone. But in the middle of the day, especially if sunny he is the one asking to take a car and go somewhere in woods where he can get mad.


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