Let’s talk about keeping your new puppy active. You might ask, “Is there any other way for a puppy to be?” It’s true that puppies have plenty of energy built right in, but there are many options for channeling all that energy into a productive routine that will keep your puppy happy, healthy and learning great habits for the future.
Just like us, a good exercise routine is beneficial to your puppy now, and as they get older. Regular activity can substantially improve the quality of life for your pup, both physically and mentally. When your pup has had sufficient exercise, it also can help decrease - or even eliminate - so-called "boredom behaviors" like chewing, digging or endless barking.
Dogs need to be walked daily, and a good walk together is a good way to bond and even socialize your pup.
Grab a soft ball or squeaky toy and enjoy a game of fetch. This is a great way to keep your dog alert and active.
Does your pup like water? Swimming is a great activity that your pup may love to do naturally. Be sure to provide an exit ramp and supervise your pup around open water such as a pool or spa. In the beginning you can use a puppy life vest for safety.
Puppies simply don't have the stamina to keep up with you. At this age, bones and joints are not fully formed yet, so taking your puppy for a full-on run will have to wait until after one year of age.
6 weeks to 4 months
4 to 6 months
8 to 12 months
12 Months and Up