Exercising My New Puppy

Exercising My New Puppy

Bring your new puppy home is always a very exciting time.  It is very important that prior to bring your new puppy home that you have everything prepared and ready for the commitment that comes with owning a puppy.

One question that Little Rascals Pets Limited gets asked a lot by new owners is how offend do I exercised my new puppy?  This is a very important question.

A good rule of thumb is that for every month the puppy has been born, 5 minutes of exercise up to twice a day is sufficient.  For example once the puppy is fully vaccinated and ready for taking for walks at around 3 months of age, a maximum of a 15 minute walk twice a day should be given to exercise your puppy.

Doing too much impact activity at a young age can cause serious issues later in life, or even at a young age as hip dysplasia and other orthopaedic conditions are rising in puppies.  By understanding how a puppy grows will assist new owners with the importance of making sure the impact on their puppies bones are protected against these potential painful conditions.

 

This is an x-ray of a 2 week old puppy.  You can see how far the bones have to grow before they become a proper bony joint.

It is important that you should never allow puppies to jump, walk up/down stairs, over exercise or over train.   Once your puppy is full grown, which will depend on the breed of your puppy, they can endure much more exercise without the potential for causing health issues later in life. 

Should you have any questions about exercising your new puppy one of our experience team are available to advise.