Exercising Your Puppy

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.  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 the high school’s 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 and good exercise too.
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 with puppies for about 15 minutes.  Build up to an hour as they get bigger and can handle it.
If you like to walk at night, use some reflective clothing 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 exercise your puppy is right before or right after they have eaten.  Also provide him with very small amounts of water, a full stomach may cause upset.
Upon arriving back home, check the animal’s paws to make sure there is nothing stuck in it.  Items such as glass, burrs, ice, and rocks can be removed immediately.
Teaching your dog how to play “Fetch” can also be great exercise.  Start by rolling a toy a short distance away from the puppy and letting him go get it.  As he gets older, increase the distance you throw the toy for him.  Always give praise when he does go get the toy and bring it back to you.

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