Getting a new puppy is a lot of joy, but also a lot of work. And one of the most important things that you should realize as a new puppy owner is the value of exercise for your puppy. Making sure your puppy gets enough exercise is good for their physical and mental wellbeing. Puppies need to play a lot—this helps to release energy and teaches social behaviors. Here are some great activities and ways to help your puppy get enough exercise:
Teaching your dog to walk on a leash at an early age is a training exercise you’ll be happy you started early later on. Leash walking is a crucial skill for dogs, and is also an easy way to get some exercise for both you and your pup.
While training may not seem like a traditional form of exercise—and certainly shouldn’t be the only type of exercise your pup receives—it is very stimulating and requires both physical and mental attention. You should work with your pup on training exercises daily.
As mentioned above, it’s very important that your puppy learns to interact with other puppies and dogs of different ages. If you have friends with puppies, you can arrange puppy playdates at home in a closed yard. Parks that have off-leash fenced sections are also a good option. Sometimes, pet centers will host puppy playdates.
Are you someone who’s working and can’t be home all day with your puppy? If so, doggy daycare can be a great option for your puppy! Just be sure to choose a daycare that prioritizes playtime and has plenty of space to run. Most pups who go to daycare come home completely pooped, which can be great for you!
Once your puppy has all of their required vaccinations, you can start to think about bringing them to dog parks. Dog parks are a great way to socialize your dog, work on training behaviors, and give them lots of room to run and play.
At Happy Pup Manor, we offer puppy training and dog boarding for retriever and doodle breeds. Our manor has everything that a pup could need for stimulation and exercise, including a huge house for exploration, an indoor saltwater pool for swimming, and five acres of fenced yard for running. To learn more about our programs and what to expect when your pup stays with us, call us directly today.