Are You Exercising Your Boston Terrier Enough?

Are You Exercising Your Boston Terrier Enough?

I had a long discussion with my vet recently and we got on the topic of Boston Terriers (she owns two) and the amount of exercise they truly need. How did we get on this subject? Sophie had a bad day. We live in Las Vegas and last week we were dealing with temperatures of 108+ and as a result Sophie did not get her usual two walks plus fetch time she usually gets on a daily basis. What happened? My sweet little girl peed inside and chewed a corner of a wall in our bedroom. This is very much out of the ordinary for her as she never chews and never goes to the bathroom inside the house. I spoke with the Vet who shared what we already knew but it served as a great reminder, these dogs have a ton of energy and unfortunately that energy must be released no matter the circumstances.

Before I got my first Boston Terrier, I did quite a bit of research and found that the recommended exercise for a Boston Terrier is 1-3 miles per day! My daily goal is to get Sophie closer to three than one, which is sometimes not fun living in the desert. This was an isolated incident with her misbehavior in the house but it really did shed light on the fact that misplaced energy can turn into aggression and bad behavior in our dogs.

The point of this post is to remind you that our dogs deserve this outdoor time to get energy out and breathe fresh air and socialize. We have found new ways to beat the heat and unfortunately these methods have me waking up very early and staying up very late, but it’s worth it. Keep in mind, we live in Las Vegas, the land of small backyards so we usually walk her/go to the dog park/go hiking in the mountains to release her energy.

How much are you exercising your dogs per day? Tell us below in the comments section or on our Facebook page!

Enjoy this picture of flying Sophie below.


  1. It is my understanding that Bostons can’t take the heat because of their short snouts. So, this is why I have always avoided taking them for walks in 90 plus temperatures as it is dangerous for them. Here in the south when it is hot, it is also humid so we avoid the heat. Comments welcome

  2. I also live in the heat. Florida can be insane humid and hot even still when I get off work at 6pm. There are many nights im outside throwing her frisbee at 8 – 9 o’clock at night. Fortunately I have a couple acres and our routine is to chase frisbee after work in the evening usually no less than an hour. She also plays fetch with soft toys in the hallways in the house daily. I hope its enough, one of my greatest concerns is keeping her weight in check. Like your Sophie I am so lucky that she doesn’t chew or potty in the house’ its so odd she has no interest in people items, I’ve never seen anything like it. Its so great to not have to worry about it. Does anyone mind sharing how much u feed your boston? Zoey is, I think on the taller/leggy side for a boston and usually weighs 19/20 pounds. I feed her 1/2 cup dry at 9amthe and 1/2 cup dry at 6:30pm. She also gets tiny tiny tiny bites of treats daily when we do training/practice. Even so she kills me with the big sad eyes and begging. She BEGS and WHINES AND WHINES over every morsel of food I have. It makes me worry that she’s starving but maybe she’s just a pig?? I swear she’d eat until she died. Anyone else go through this? Is she really hungry or just knows im a sucker?

    • Mine is in the 22/23 lb range, also tall and leggy, 13 months old, and she gets 1 1/2 cups of dry and 1/2 cup moist in two feedings, daily. She also gets 3 to 4 cookies, training treats, some tiny bites of cheese and maybe a bite of turkey or beef. When we got her back from a weeks boarding recently, where she got more exercise than she gets at home, she was skinny, and I had to feed her closer to 3 cups a day to get her weight back up.
      I don’t know the age of yours – we’re still in the grips of puppyhood – but maybe she is actually hungry and not just being a pest. What are the feeding instructions on the food you have?

  3. We have a 5 year old Boston named Ruger and we live in Maine where it gets very cold and exercise outside is tough in below zero weather, so we play inside with his toys and balls….He loves to be outside in the summer by the pool and will just lay and watch the world and he will run and play with the kids….I am just amazed at this breed of dogs; so intelligent. so loving, and so damn cute!!! I would have a whole house full if I could

  4. I have an 8 year old Boston who acts bored a lot of the time. I am 73 & two walks a day is about my speed but maybe I am not treating her right. I have gotten older, no kids around, live in an apartment??? I can’t afford to move or get another dog so what to do?

  5. My Frankie is 4 years old we walkv3 miles everyday at the doggie park he loves it and jumps in the creek


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