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Exercise for Puppies

Unfortunately, puppies don’t stay small for long, they’re growing all the time, and for this reason, need plenty of naps throughout the day. Their little legs don’t need to go on long countryside hikes, merely playing with them inside is enough to tire them out, and you don’t want to push them too hard as their bodies are still in the early stages of development.

Standard practice is to allow five minutes of exercise for every month of the puppies age, which works out at 10 minutes a day for 2 months and 20 minutes a day for 4 months of age.

Exercise for grown dogs

First, consider your dogs breed before anything else as this is a massive part of its physical abilities. Larger breeds such as the German Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer and Siberian Husky have been bred for incredibly active roles and need a lot of physical activity.

These types of dogs require 1-1.5 hours of exercise per day, where they take part in more intensive training like running, playing with other dogs or going on a hike.

Smaller dogs such as the Boston Terrier and Jack Russell have high energy reserves despite their size, and an exercise routine of around 30 minutes is best.

Breeds such as Pug, Shih Tzu and Yorkie are a lot less-active and don’t need as much exercise so 20-25 minutes will be enough.

As your dog slowly ages, joints may stiffen due to arthritis, and this will reduce their physical capacity even more. While exercise is still essential, be mindful of pushing of them too far. Around 30 to 60 minutes a day split up into two or three sessions is usually a good rule of thumb. For dogs with joint problems, taking them swimming is another alternative to walking.

Dog walking quick tips:

• You may love your dog, but remember that not everybody will. Some may have allergies or be fearful of dogs so prevent your dog from becoming a nuisance by keeping them on a lead in busy areas.

• While hiking, its best to keep your dog on the lead to prevent any conflict or stress to either your dog or farmers livestock

• Stopping now and then to let your dog sniff around is just as important as the physical exercise, this enables them to work other areas of their brain to provide good balanced mental health.

• Avoid letting the dog take charge during the walk, if they start walking ahead of you making you rush along, try slowing them down. Rewarding their positive behaviour will help them understand normal walking speed.