Exercising a Puppy
Puppies are full of energy and in those early months will bounce around. So, do they need exercise? Yes. Puppies need exercise and it’s an important part of their care. However, exercising a puppy is different to exercising a mature dog. There are a few steps you can take to make sure it's a smooth process.
Prepare your puppy
Taking a puppy on walk does require some practise and planning. Remember that your puppy has no concept of a lead and how that works, so you will need to teach them. Start off small and complete the process in steps. Firstly, put their collar on and attach the lead in an enclosed area. You can do this in your home or in the garden. Walk slowly and alongside your puppy. Don’t pull on the lead, allow them to become familiar with the process.
Walking your puppy
You may need to repeat the process of putting your puppy on a lead
a few times. Practise walking around your garden and gradually build up to a longer walk. Be patient. When you decide to take your puppy on a proper walk, keep it short. You may start by going down one street and then building up to the next street, and eventually around the block.
Off the lead play
A great way to play and exercise your puppy is through off the lead play. This can be done in your home or in an enclosed area such as your backyard. You can gently roll a small ball on the ground or play with a soft toy. Don’t attempt games such as frisbee, running very fast or taking your puppy alongside a bicycle. They are learning and still too young. Keep it simple.
Exercise is a great way to keep your pet happy, healthy and engaged. On top of that, it’s a wonderful way to bond. Always remember that puppies are learning and exploring the world every single day. Be patient and never try to push them. Let your puppy develop at their own pace.