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Lockdown app tells owners how many laps of the garden their dog should walk

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A new app helps some dog owners to work out the best exercise regime for their dog by calculating the number of laps to be walked around the garden based on breed and age.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 30/04/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:29


The “Work out your Walkies” calculator is said to allow dog owners with gardens the chance to keep their pet fit and healthy amid the current lockdown. When outdoor walks are not possible for whatever reason, the app helps owners to calculate how many laps around the garden a dog should do.

Users enter the dog's breed and age and the dimensions of their garden, and the app returns the number of appropriate laps.

According to Country Living’s take, a Pug with access to an averagely sized garden must make 119 laps in order to receive its daily allowance of exercise.

No garden?

For many people - especially those living in cities - a garden is not a luxury they have.

For the gardenless, outdoor areas are an oasis of calm, and somewhere to take a dog that is, like its human counterparts, cooped up amid the lockdown. We have plenty of advice about how best to keep your dog occupied and happy during the lockdown.

Want to know more about how dogs and cats are coping with C-19 pandemic? Head for our Pet’s Health Corner.