Exercising Your Golden RetrieverGood Exercises For Your Golden Retriever

Developed in the late 1800s as a cross between various Setters, the Golden Retriever was bred to retrieve game animals and birds shot during hunting.

Breed Type

Gun Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • powerful medium to large-size dog
  • a thick double coat, both coats being somewhat water-resistant, especially the undercoat
  • drop ears and soft mouths in order to gently to retrieve an animal or bird without damaging it


  • an outgoing playful, eager-to-please dog
  • even-tempered – friendly with even strangers, children, and other dogs.
  • clever
  • has an instinctive love of water

Best Exercises

This breed tends to have a good deal of energy. An active owner or family is a good match for this dog. Some backyard space to roam is good too. You have to exercise a golden Retriever. Otherwise, you could have antsy, bored dog that chews everything in sight. The good thing is this dog is very flexible, so you can pick from a wide range of activities to keep him busy.

  • Walks – Frequent, brisk walks are a good
  • Fetch – Golden Retrievers love chasing, you should absolutely include this in your workout plan.
  • Hiking – A great activity. If you and your dog are in shape, pick more challenging walks.
  • Agility – a fun, mental challenge for this active and intelligent dog.
  • Flying disc – like fetch, this is an activity you could quickly train your dog for, and he would enjoy it.
  • Swimming – Golden Retrievers were bred to be in the water and they love it. If you are anywhere near a safe open body of water that allows dogs: lakes, ponds or swimming pools. Let him indulge his natural tendencies.
  • Dog Parks – If your Golden Retriever is well-socialized, a romp in the park with some friends can give him a little workout.
  • Running – these are hard working dogs and good for distance runs.

Suggested Exercise Plan

  • 2x a day for 30-45 minutes each (optimal)
  • 1x a day for 20-30 minutes (minimum)

A good routine: a 25-minute walk in the morning and a 15-20 minute game time in the evening.

Things To Note

Golden Retrievers are prone to obesity, which can lead to other problems like hip dysplasia or arthritis. Since hip dysplasia is common in this breed, warm your dog up with a walk before any serious exercise.