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How Much Exercise Do Puppies Need?
What is the proper amount of exercise for your puppy? Early arthritis can be caused by over-exercising a young dog. A puppy can be harmed by excessive exercise.
It is important to find a balance of exercise but not too much. Five minutes of exercise per month is a common rule. If your puppy is three months old, you can exercise him or her for 15 minutes up to twice a day. Until your puppy is fully grown, follow this rule. Your dog can exercise longer once they are fully developed.
One thing to keep in mind when exercising your dog is that they need to interact with other dogs. When you have more time, take your dog to a park or hike. Taking your dog to new places to meet new friends is a great way to teach them flexibility in dealing with new situations. You will have fun watching your dog experience the outdoors because she will appreciate the new space.
socializing your pup with other dogs is an excellent way to develop a well-adjusted personality and attitude towards other pets There are more tips on how to socialize your puppy.
Exercise for adult dogs
You will be surprised to hear that breed plays a role in how much exercise your dog needs. While age and health are important factors to consider when exercising your dog, breed is an indication of their general activity level.
Some of the more active dog breed types require more exercise.
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An adult herding or sporting breed dog needs 60-90 minutes of exercise each day. Harder exercise should include running, playtime with other dogs, or a hike. Dog sports like agility or flyball are great for extra- active dogs. Balance work is popular with pet parents. If time in the morning or evening doesn’t work for your active dog, you can schedule them for some exercise with friends at a doggy daycare.
Some dog breed types require less exercise.
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Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands are giant breeds.
Pugs, French bulldogs, shih tzus are breeds.
An adult toy requires up to 60 minutes of exercise a day. For some dogs, that means a slow walk. Some people like to play a few games of fetch in the backyard. All dogs have activity needs that depend on their age and ability.
Mental activity matters, too
There is more to exercise than physical energy. Mental stimulation is important for a dog’s health. Mental activity is like physical activity in that it keeps your dog healthy.
Even though all dogs can benefit from mental stimulation, it is especially important for dogs who are injured or have limited mobility as they age. They still need a good brain workout even though they don’t need as much physical exercise anymore. Mental activity can include:
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Hide-and-seek, nosework, or treat hunt are some games.
Quality time and eye contact with you.
Your dog’s health is a family affair, so get everyone involved in the canine exercise routine. A family is walking and playing. Help you bond with your dog. Research shows that they are good for you as well.
Hire a walker or doggy daycare if you don’t have time to exercise the dog as much as she needs. Exercise helps keep your dog well-behaved.
The case for more exercise
Dr. Jeff Werber says that exercise helps achieve and maintain a healthy body. There may be no direct correlation between disease and exercise, but the indirect correlation is that without exercise comes obese, and with that comes heart disease, cardiovascular issues, skin issues, respiratory disease.
Maintaining the integrity of a dog’s joints is important. Exercise is usually suggested by Dr. Werber if a dog has a joint issue. If an animal is nursing a joint problem or has arthritis, we want them to exercise to maintain their strength.
A reduced feeling of fear in dogs is linked to frequent exercise. Recent studies show that dogs who are exercised for longer periods show less aggression, less fear of humans and objects, and lower levels of separation than dogs who are not as active.
Some countries have tried to make dog walking a crime. In 2020, a law was introduced in Germany that mandated the country’s dog owners walk their dogs twice a day for at least an hour total. The minister noted that dogs are not toys. They have their own needs that need to be taken into account.
How much exercise does a dog really need?
The answer to “how much exercise is enough?” depends on your dog’s age, breed, energy level, and personality. All dogs who are able to move benefit from daily exercise.
30 minutes a day is the daily exercise quota. That is ok for some dogs. If you have a toy-breed dog, or a less active breed like a bulldog, you can start with three walks a day for about 30 or 40 minutes. If you find your dog has more energy for playtime beyond that, look for any behavior that indicates boredom or frustration.
You should aim for at least one hour per day of exercise for many dogs. This is a good baseline for a healthy adult dog.
Not every type of exercise is appropriate for every dog. It is important to consider your dog’s age and breed, as well as what they are naturally suited to. Greyhounds, whippets and other sighthounds are not built to run long distances. Pugs are not suited for strenuous exercise because they still need to walk. Check with your vet if there are any conditions that may limit your exercise. It’s important to ease into any new activity slowly.
When matching your dog to your lifestyle, be sure to factor in exercise. It is important that you are able to provide enough walking and other exercise or that you have help to pick up the slack.