How much exercise should a new puppy have?
Monday 18 March 2013
Getting a puppy can be a very exciting and rewarding thing. If you have never had one before you, you can feel lost at how much exercise it needs. Puppies in this regards are just like humans. As much as we need exercise to stay active and healthy both mentally and physically, so does a puppy. Physically for a puppy it is crucial they get the right amount of exercise to help prevent problems later in life such as arthritis and other joint-related problems. Mentally regular exercise can help so your puppy does not turn to boredom and start to chew, tear and rip apart household items like pairs of shoes. So basically if your new puppy is driving you crazy through barking and being mischievous, the first question you should ask, is are you giving it enough exercise?
First of all you need to know your dog in order to judge how much exercise to give it. Firstly what breed is it? Some dogs, for example, are just not meant for running such as pugs whereas greyhounds on the other hand can easily outrun a human over distance and time. Secondly you then have to be aware of your dog's size. Larger breeds will naturally be able to manage more exercise than smaller dogs. Finally there are medical conditions. Take your new puppy to a vet and ask if they have issues that you should be aware of.
You now need to exercise consistently. Just how when you have not done sport in months your muscles ache after a 15km run, the same will be true for a puppy. It should be receiving daily, consistent exercise. Use caution in your approach. Remember that if your puppy becomes tired and sits down during exercise you should not force the matter. You should pick them up, take them home and let them rest. Understand that your puppy has limits and respect these.
According to the U.K. Kennel club a puppy needs five minutes of exercise per month of age and up to twice a day. One such calculation would be a 3 month old puppy requires 15 minutes of exercise and a 4 month old puppy 20 minutes of exercise.
There are various forms of exercise you can do. Of course there is walking (always a dog’s favourite), you can also try playing with a ball or a stick in a local park or garden and another possibility that you can try out is swimming. Dogs should take to the water naturally and should not require lessons. However only let your dog swim in areas that have been designated safe.
So basically exercising a puppy is vital to its development both mentally and physically. Why not exercise both at the same time? If your puppy gets a good nights sleep then chances are, you are going to get a good nights sleep.