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All dogs need some form of movement depending upon their age, medical condition and dog breed type. There are multiple benefits ingrained in an active lifestyle for your pet. Therefore hooking on the pup from a young age to exercise is inextricably linked to a long healthy life!
How much exercise is enough for a puppy?
The simplest way to determine is to consider 5 minutes of exercise per month of puppy’s age, upto twice a day. This means if the puppy is two months old then you need to exercise it for 10 minutes twice every day and so on. Working and Hunting Dog Breed puppies such as Beagle, Hound and terrier dog families etc. are overtly active.
A less strenuous form of physical activity for a young pooch will include swimming, playing with puppy toys/balls, short strolls and a game of fetch or tug of war.
If your puppy sits down in between a short walk, let it rest briefly till it starts to walk again. In case it does not raise itself to walk after a long rest, the puppy-parent will have to carry it back home, especially in case of dog breeds such as Pugs, Affenpinscher etal. that are brachycephalic.
When to switch to an exercise routine for adult dogs?
An adult canine will require at least 30 minutes and upto two hours of exercise every day depending upon the breed type and physical condition. Some dogs require a lot of exercise (vis-à-vis others) and this category includes dogs such as Dalmatians, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Jack Russell terriers, Siberian Husky, Australian Shepherd, and Alaskan Malamute among few more breeds.
Daily Exercise vis ‘a’ vis Body weight of the Dog
The maximum weight a canine gains over time determines when it’s time to switch it to adult dog exercises. If the dog will not get bigger than 11 kilograms (25 pounds) then you can make this switch once the pup reaches 9 months of age. For dogs that’ll grow to weigh 11 to 45 KGS (between 25 to 100 pounds) then it is safe to wait till the canine is 14 months old for it to start a more rigorous exercise routine. If your canine will weigh 45 kilograms or more wait till it is one and a half years of age to introduce him/her to physical activities for grown-ups.