Exercising your puppy plays an integral part in their healthy upbringing. Puppies can be quite active and they need exercise to keep them in good shape. Usually a brisk thirty to sixty minute walk can be quite invigorating for them.
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The Importance of Exercising Your Puppy
If you are unable to do this every day, ensure your yard has more than adequate space for the pup to run around in and play. You can even take the dog to a high school track and walk it there.
Some people even train their dog to walk on the treadmill with them. This will afford both of you some great time together while exercising your puppy.
Evaluate your dog's needs and formulate an exercise plan that will work for both of you. A young puppy might like to go for a run whereas an older dog may just enjoy a nice leisurely walk.
Start Out at 15 Minutes
Start out exercising your puppy by walking them for about 15 minutes. Gradually build up to an hour as they get bigger and can handle it.
If you like to walk at night, use some reflective clothing for yourself and your puppy so that cars will see you on the side of the road. You can also wear light colored clothing as well.
The best time to go exercising your puppy is right before or right after they have eaten. Also provide them with very small amounts of water after they have eaten. Large amounts on a full stomach may cause an upset tummy.
Check their Paws after Exercising Your Puppy
After you get back home from exercising your puppy, check your dogs paws to make sure there is nothing stuck in them. Items such as glass, burrs, ice, and rocks should be removed immediately.
Teaching your dog how to play “Fetch” can also be great for exercising your puppy. Start by rolling a toy a short distance away from the puppy and letting them go get it.
As they get older, increase the distance that you throw the toy for them. Always give praise when they go and get the toy and bring it back to you.
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