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Exercise options for puppies

January 17, 2012

There’s no denying it: puppies are fun and adorable! And as they start maturing into adulthood they become bundles of energy. It’s important to focus that energy into appropriate channels to help prevent problem behaviors. Clicker training is a great way to provide your puppy with mental stimulation while creating a foundation for obedience. Puppies also need plenty of opportunities for exercise, but it’s generally recommended they don’t start a structured exercise program such as running until they are at least a year old. This rule of thumb varies depending on the size of the dog’s breed, and it’s best to check with your vet before beginning any structured exercise program regardless of your dog’s age. Here is an excellent article that gives a little more information on a puppy’s growth process and exercise guidelines.

Exercising Growing Puppies –

A great option for exercising your puppy is to provide it with lots of playtime. Not only does this strengthen your bond with your puppy through interactive play, but it gives your puppy the chance to experience periods of vigorous activity followed by periods of rest as needed. Fetch, tug and hide and seek (in an enclosed yard) are great games to play with your puppy. You can even incorporate training into play.

Playtime is great exercise for puppies

If you work all day and are considering hiring someone to exercise your puppy during the day, take the time to find a knowledgeable professional who will provide your puppy with a variety of exercise options that won’t cause undue stress on your growing puppy’s bones. For those who live in and around Sacramento, I offer both puppy playtimes and walks in addition to dog jogging services. For more information, please visit my website.

  1. Clicker training gets a thumbs up from me! All my dogs LOVE it!

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