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Exercising our four legged friends

We couldn’t do a series of features about New Year New Dog, without focusing on what’s on just about everyone’s January to do list and that is exercise. Yes of course it’s great for us humans but the benefits for our puppies/dogs is tremendous too.

A healthy dog will enjoy an exercise regime that keeps them in shape and give them lots of ways to play and interact with you. It will also help puppies stay full of energy, and builds a strong immune system that means a dog of any age is less likely to fall ill.

Your dog loves to play and be friends with you, but some breeds won’t want to stop even when they’re very tired – think about their limits and be careful not to over-exercise them. If you are not sure how much to exercise your puppy or dog, ask yourvet about how much your dog needs. It’s also important for dogs and probably more so than humans as they don’t have sweat glands to keep hydrated.

Oralade is the perfect accompaniment on your walks to keep them hydrated.
Puppy Exercise

When you start getting to know your new healthy puppy, their exercise needs are easily met as they play in the garden or a park. (Although make sure they’ve had all the right vaccinations before they go into the big wide world.) On the other hand, your breeder may give you a suitable exercise programme to follow – if they don’t, just ask for one or consult your vet. Apart from keeping your pup in top condition, exercise also provides a vital way to socialise and play freely with other dogs and people, which can also turn into an opportunity to start training your puppy. Just remember to avoid extremely rough play, especially with larger breeds, as it can damage growing joints. Variety is the spice of life, so keep your puppy’s exercise and dog fitness routine interesting. Playing chase games with balls and toys (avoiding sticks, which can splinter and cause injury) can really help retain your puppy’s interest in their exercise, and they’ll love the interaction with you as well.

If you live in the country, include some road walking to keep your puppy or your dog’s nails trim. It will get them used to different environments and improve their behaviour on the lead, too. If your dog is of a breed that likes a lot of exercise, why not take them to a class or choose a specific form of training that makes the best of their characteristics? After all, a healthy dog is a fulfilled dog, too!

I hope this has been of help to you and I’ll be trialling all of these things over the next few weeks so be sure to stay tuned on our Facebook page for our live updates on training fun with our new mini dachshund Lavender,  Bx