Puppy Exercise Tips
Puppy exercise is essential in your dog’s development and health. Puppies cannot perform the same amount of exercise as adult dogs, as they have certain limitations.
Puppies can work out according to their age and breed: a dog with a low energy level won’t be able to perform a lot of training.
Make sure your puppy is healthy before starting an exercise plan.
Progressive Dog Exercise: Walking and Jumping
Puppies need less exercise than adult dogs.
You can start with light exercises. Remember that a puppy gets easily tired. The best way to start a training program is a short walk. If you notice that your dog is tired, decrease the distance or the intensity of the walk.
Jumping can be beneficial for your dog’s back and will also help in developing coordination. You may build a few jumps yourself, using some cans and sticks. For the first weeks of training, the height of the sticks should be at the level of the puppy’s wrist. Increase the height to the puppy’s elbow after 2 weeks. Make sure the puppy doesn’t get exhausted. If your puppy refuses to jump, this means that he’s tired.
Puppies can exercise with toys. These keep the puppy busy and also provide a healthy, enjoyable workout. Choose the toys carefully, making sure they are suitable for your dog’s age. The toys shouldn’t be too small, as the puppy may swallow these.
You may initiate fetching games with a frisbee or a ball. The puppy will be more than happy to play along, enjoying your attention.
Puppy Exercise Pen
A puppy exercise pen is useful to control the exercise sessions. It will restrict the area in which he can exercise. Exercise pens can be made of wire and are either octagonal or square. Some exercise pens have tops or even sun shades for warm days, to prevent heat strokes.
The height of the pen should be according to the size of your pet. Typically, the puppy shouldn’t be able to jump over the exercise pen.
Dog Agility Training
Breeds that are suitable for dog agility training may start this at an early age. Try a few obstacles per day and vary the obstacles each week. Have patience with your puppy, as he may be clumsy during the first sessions.
No Endurance Training
Puppies shouldn’t get any endurance training until their skeleton is totally developed, which happens after the dog is 6 months old (or 12 to 14 months in Great Danes). Otherwise, puppies may suffer injuries and may develop deformed bones.
Puppy Body Temperature
Pay attention to the temperature of your puppy. Puppies cannot regulate their body temperature effectively, so avoid exercising on hot days.
If the puppy gets overheated, he may have a heat stroke.
A dog may also get a cold if it’s chilly outside.
On winter days, if you see that the puppy is shivering, you need to take him inside.