It is perhaps a bug-bear of mine that dogs should be properly exercise - both physically and mentally - to ensure they stay in the best possible health. and while I know that it can be difficult in people's busy lives to find the time to commit to exercising our dogs it is my firm conviction that if you cannot make the time then perhaps you shouldn't have the dog at all!
Of course not all dogs need vast amounts of walking some, and surprisingly I include Greyhounds and Whippets in this category, can get by with 20 minutes twice a day - barely the amount of time it takes to make a drink a cup of coffee... But there are those breeds, especially the working dogs that must get their full quota in on a daily basis or risk turning into real problem dogs around the house. Never was this fact more patently demonstrated than with the arrival of one of my latest boarders. The poor dog apparently (according to the owners written advice) makes do with 2 20 minutes walks per day. Now if I tell you that the dog in question is a Cocker Spaniel you might well understand why my hackles were raised. On the night he arrived to stay the dog couldn't settle - unsurprisingly - and did not even sit down for some 6 hours!! The next day I took him out for 3 45 minutes runs and lo and behold he slept during the afternoon and evening and was so much more amenable.
Needless to say I will be explaining the exercise needs of their dog to them - so I doubt they will return - but more importantly if they don't start to make more time for him then I really do worry he will turn into a complete headcase.