Dogs are amazing creatures. Loyal, friendly, and always happy to see you, they make perfect pets. But like all animals, dogs need exercise to stay healthy and happy. Without it, they can become restless and destructive. So how do you make sure your dog gets enough exercise? Here are ten easy ways to get your puppy moving.
1) Go for a walk
This is probably the most obvious way to get your puppy exercising, but it bears repeating. A daily walk is a great way to bond with your pup while getting them some much-needed fresh air and exercise. Just be sure to start slow and build up to longer walks as your puppy gets older and more accustomed to walking.
The key to an enjoyable walk is to make sure your puppy isn’t walking you. Be sure to keep them on a leash and only go as fast as they want to go. If they stop to sniff around, that’s fine. Let them take their time and enjoy the walk.
2) Play fetch
Fetch is a great way to tire out your puppy while also giving them some one-on-one attention. Start by rolling a ball or toy a short distance away from your puppy, then praise them when they bring it back to you. As they get better at the game, you can start throwing the ball or toy further and further.
When playing fetch, be sure to keep your energy level up and act excited – this will help keep your puppy engaged. And don’t forget to praise them when they bring the ball back!
3) Have a tug-of-war
Tug-of-war is another fun game that can be played indoors or out. Just be sure to use a toy that’s specifically designed for tugging, like a rope toy. And as always, be sure to supervise your puppy while playing. The object of the game is for each player to try to pull the toy away from the other. But be careful—it’s easy to get too excited and accidentally hurt your puppy’s mouth or throat. So take it slow at first and make sure both you and your puppy are enjoying yourselves.
You can also use this game to teach your puppy basic obedience commands like “sit” or “stay.” Just have your puppy sit or stay before you start playing. And if he starts to get too excited, make him sit or lie down until he calms down. Then you can start playing again.
4) Using a Flirt Pole
The Flirt Pole is one of the most efficient ways to get your dog moving. A flirt pole (sometimes known as a flirt stick) is a long pole with a bait attached to the end by rope. As you move the pole, the bait (usually a toy or a treat) swings around, making it irresistible to your dog.
To use a flirt pole, start by showing your dog the bait and letting them smell it. Then start moving the pole around in a slow, circular motion. As your dog starts to chase the bait, increase the speed of your movements. And be sure to praise them when they catch the bait!
5) Go for a swim
Swimming is a great low-impact exercise for puppies (and dogs of all ages, really). If you have a pool or access to a lake or river, take your pup for a swim! You can even purchase a kiddie pool for your backyard. Make sure the water is not too cold and that your pup is wearing a life jacket if they’re not a strong swimmer.
Your pup will love the chance to cool off in the water and you’ll both get a great workout. The water resistance will also help build up your pup’s muscles.
6) Nose Work Games
Nose work games are a great way to engage your pup’s natural scavenging instincts. These games can be played indoors or out and all you need is a few treats (or even just their regular kibble).
To play, start by hiding a treat somewhere in the room (under a couch cushion, behind a door, etc.). Then let your pup smell the treat and give them the cue to start looking for it. When they find the treat, praise them and give them the cue to “find it again.” You can make the game more challenging by hiding the treats in harder-to-find places or using a toy instead of a treat.
7) Go on an Adventure
One of the best ways to exercise your puppy is to simply get out and explore the world together. Go for a hike, walk around the block, or even just play in your backyard. The key is to let your puppy lead the way and take their time sniffing everything they’re curious about.
Of course, you’ll want to keep an eye on your pup and make sure they’re not getting too tired. But as long as they’re enjoying themselves, an adventure is a great way to get some exercise. The fresh air and new scenery will also do you both good!
8) Play Hide & Seek With Your Dog
One game that both you and your puppy will love is a simple game of hide and seek. This game helps to not only burn off excess energy but also helps with their problem-solving skills. To play, simply have your pup stay in one room while you go hide somewhere else in the house (make sure it’s not too difficult of a hiding spot).
Once you’re hidden, call your pup’s name and let them know they can come find you. Be prepared for lots of tail wags and puppy kisses once they finally find you. The key to making this game fun is to make sure you’re always hiding in different places so your pup never gets bored.
9) Kong Stuffing & Food Dispensing Toys
Kong stuffing and food dispensing toys are a great way to give your pup a mental workout. These toys challenge your pup to figure out how to get the treats out of the toy. This can help to keep their minds sharp and can even help to reduce boredom and destructive chewing.
To use a Kong, simply stuff it with your pup’s favorite treats or food. Then let them try to figure out how to get the food out. You can make it easier or harder depending on your pup’s skill level. For example, you can start by stuffing the Kong with just a few pieces of kibble. As they get better at getting the food out, you can add more and more.
10) Go to Doggy Daycare
Doggy daycare is a great way to get your pup some exercise while you’re at work or running errands. Most doggy daycares have large indoor and outdoor areas where your pup can play with other dogs. They’ll also have plenty of toys and activities to keep them busy.
Doggy daycare can be a great way to socialize your pup and help them burn off some energy. It’s also a good option if you’re not able to walk or play with your pup during the day. Just make sure to do your research and find a reputable daycare that will take good care of your pup.
How much exercise does a puppy need?
The amount of exercise your puppy needs will depend on their age, breed, and energy level. Puppies under 4 months old should get about 30 minutes of exercise per day. This can be split up into several shorter sessions or twice a day.
Puppies between 4 and 6 months old will need about 45 minutes of exercise per day. This can also be split up into several shorter sessions. Puppies over 6 months old will need about an hour of exercise per day, which can be split up into two or three shorter sessions.
The best way to determine how much exercise does your puppy need is to talk to your veterinarian. They can help you create a custom exercise plan for your pup based on their individual needs.
Remember, it’s important to start slowly and increase the amount of exercise gradually. This will help your puppy build up their stamina and avoid injuries.
Exercise is important for puppies – just like it is for humans. It helps to keep them healthy, both physically and mentally. And the good news is that there are plenty of fun ways to exercise your puppy. So get out there and have some fun with your furry friend.
Which of these activities do you think your pup would enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments below!