A puppy can be a very fun pet to have, but they also have a lot of energy and they need exercise to stay in shape. Walking them for 30 to 60 minutes every day will keep them happy and healthy.
If you don’t have the time to take your puppy on a walk every day, make sure that your yard has plenty of space for the dog to run around. If you’re low on yard space, the local high school track is a good place to walk a dog as well.
One fun way to give your puppy some exercise is to train him to run on your treadmill with you. You’ll get to spend time together and you’ll both get some exercise.
It helps greatly to create a plan for getting your puppy the exercise he needs. You’ll be more likely to take the dog for a walk if you’ve budgeted the time in advance. You should also consider your dog’s age; older dogs tend to be happy going for a walk, while puppies are more energetic and tend to like running. When walking a puppy, start out with 15 minute exercise sessions then gradually lengthen this time as the dog matures.
Some people like to walk their dogs at night. If you find this convenient, be sure to wear reflective clothing so that drivers can see you. Additionally, wearing bright clothes makes you more visible.
Try to take your puppy out for exercise either right before or right after he eats, as this is the best time to walk them. Give him small amounts of water so that he doesn’t drink too much and get an upset stomach.
When you arrive back home from walking the dog, look at his paws to make sure there’s nothing stuck in them. Sharp objects like glass, ice, rocks, and burrs can easily get stuck in a dog’s paws and cause the dog pain. Remove these objects immediately if you find any.
Dogs love to play fetch, and it can also give them some great exercise. You can teach a puppy to play fetch by rolling a toy near him and rewarding him when he returns it to you. As the puppy gets older, you can throw the toy farther away. Just remember to always praise him when he brings the toy back.