How to correctly exercise puppies is so very important. This time of year, puppies are springing up around us like the tulips! It makes us sad to see how so many people have no idea they are actually harming their puppies with exercise. We thought we would offer up a few tips in case you have a new puppy or know someone who does.
Puppies have boundless energy, making it natural for humans to try to tire them out. Most people assume a long walk, or even running with a puppy is perfect because it will wear them out. Sure, they will be tired out, but they may also be damaged for life. Dog’s joints have growth plates which depending on the breed, don’t fully close until at least nine months to a year of age. Too much exercise will damage the growth plates leading to bad joints and arthritis as they start to age.
How To Properly Exercise A Puppy
Once your puppy is approaching a year of age, check with your veterinarian to see if they are ready to start walking, running, and jumping, but prior to that time, there are countless activities to wear out your puppy. Remember, they not only need physical exercise, but mental exercise too.
Play With Other Siblings
If you have other dogs at your house, let them play gently with the puppy. Most dogs instinctively know what a young pup is capable of. It is a great way for the new pup to become better acquainted with her siblings.
Enroll In A Class
Puppy brains are like a sponge. They love to learn and all the learning wears them out mentally. Bailie went to obedience school when she was about four months old. I started school at nine weeks old in a Puppy Einstein course. School is fun, and teaches puppies about new places, socialization, and training.
Take The Puppy Shopping
Many stores allow dogs. Here in our area Home Depot, Lowes, and Hobby Lobby, are just a few. The experience of all the new sights and smells, combined with people will tucker out a little one after just a short visit. To add to the adventure, they can walk around on leash in the store since you are not walking all that far.
Train At Stores For Pets
Kids love to go to toy stores, and puppies love to go to pet stores. The experience will not only be tiring, you can teach her to look and not touch. Bailie wanted to be a shoplifter, but she learned stealing toys at PetCo is not allowed. It is a fun place to go for people and pets.
Start Training Dog Sports
I started learning tracking at nine weeks old. It’s a great way for a puppy to be outside and learn to follow a scent. Since puppies are just learning, one has to start small with tracks that are short, thirty yards or less. Even when the puppy gets good at tracking a full length beginner track is only about five hundred yards. I trained first thing in the morning and received part of my breakfast at the end article as motivation. Not all sports are for young puppies. Consult your veterinarian, or dog school before starting a sport with a young pup.
Work On Muscle Strength
Puppies need to work on building up their muscles and learning about their bodies. One way is to use balancing toys like this K9 Fitbone which works a pups core. If your pup can do sit and down, have them do some dog burpees, by doing sit, down, sit, down. Put a puppy on wobbly or moving items so they learn to not be fearful of the movement.
I hope these tips give you some help in how to correctly exercise puppies. Please don’t walk them for miles, or even worse take them on a run. There are so many wonderful ways to wear out a puppy that are beneficial for them. If you have a puppy, enjoy! Before you know it, you will have a dog!