We know that dogs when they are young love to play, run and jump; but maybe they need a little more 'formal' physical activity, but without leaving the fun aside. Puppies and exercise is a very close relationship that your pet should not miss. Find out more below.
Puppies and exercise: recommendations
Before starting an exercise routine for your dog, it would be good to take into account some issues in relation to their needs and their abilities. Although the puppies are agile, they never get tired and they love to play, they also need to sleep and recover energy.
1. Do not exercise it excessively
Of course the dogs when they are small have 'long-lasting batteries', but it is also true that rest allows them to grow healthy and strong.
Remember that The bigger your dog is, the more likely it is to have certain problems with bones and joints in the future. A good way to avoid it is to practice certain activities and respect the hours of sleep.
2. Start little by little
It is not a matter of the animal trying too hard, as it could hurt or tire more than your body can withstand. Gradually increase the intensity of the exercise and pay attention to the signals that it gives you: if you gasp, you do not look for the ball, you stop or you throw it is because you are tired.
3. Adapt to the race
A golden retriever puppy is not the same as a basset hound, or a boxer that cocker spaniel. Each race has inherent physical characteristics that allow them or not to perform certain exercises. Remember that those dogs with short snouts or brachycephaly are more likely to tire because they do not breathe properly.
On the other hand, the most athletic races like the greyhound, the Dalmatian or the German sheep they require more exercise sessions than the more sedentary onesHow can the farmer be?
4. Choose the training
Believe it or not, Taking your dog to a training school is an excellent way to exercise, and it is also good for your mental health. In turn, an obedient dog suffers less stress, knows its limits and lives better.
5. Take him for a walk
If you do not have too much free time to exercise with your dog … Go for a walk! It is the best activity that you can do together, since it is beneficial for both. Start by going around the block and adding more streets or minutes as you get used to it.
Do not forget to teach him to walk on a leash and very close to you; It prevents you from throwing when you see something that catches your attention, and allows you to play freely in certain areas of the park.
6. Follow a routine
Animals need to maintain certain habits to be relaxed and be obedient, and that includes from the time of the meal until the one of the walk. And of course it can be applied to the exercise. Puppies are more active in the morning than at night: take advantage of that energy to play more, always before feeding.
If for some reason you can not comply with the exercise routine, we recommend that you at least entertain a little: a few minutes will be enough to spend the 'fuel' that has accumulated, so then if you stay alone at home does not destroy anything.
Games and exercises for puppies
Can not you think of how to play and exercise with your small dog? There are different activities that you can enjoy at any time of the day, both at home and outdoors. These exercises will help develop concentration, obedience, intelligence, hearing and smell:
1. Hide and Seek
Take some object or toy that is to your liking and hide it in such a way that the dog must find it. If you do it well, congratulate it with a treat, some caresses or some extra pampering.
2. Give the leg
This 'trick' so common in canines is excellent to be more obedient and pay attention to the orders that you indicate. The best time to teach him to give up is just when he is a puppy.
This game consists of placing three containers upside down against the ground, and in only one hide food -the other two remain empty- so that the animal is guided by the smell to find the full plate.
4. Obstacle course
For this exercise you need some space, such as the garden or terrace. In several pet stores they sell a complete set of obstacles or you can also build it yourself: tunnels, jumps, dodge objects, walk in 'zigzag' … There are many options!