I was just wondering how much exercise my puppy should be getting daily or weekly. She is 17 weeks and weighs 9.2 lbs.
All dogs need exercise, despite his or her age. In general, most dogs do well with at least two walks every day, each lasting about 30 minutes, but that’s not enough, they also need playtime in between to exert them physically.
Puppies need to exercise to build stamina. According to the U.K. Kennel Club, a puppy needs five minutes of exercise per month of age, twice a day. In other words, a 3-month old puppy should get 15 minutes of exercise, while a 6-month old puppy needs half an hour. If a puppy is tired and doesn’t want to walk or play, don’t force him or her. Young dogs need time to rest.
Adult dogs can exercise for much longer. Your fully-grown dog should exercise twice a day for at least 30 minutes, but can go for up to two hours. You’ll want to make sure your dog is fully grown before pushing them to exercise that long. Your dog’s final weight decides when you can push them physically.
- 25 pounds – 9 months
- 25 to 100 pounds – 14 months
- Over 100 pounds – 18 months
Older dogs have slower metabolism, making exercise important. Exercising your aging dog helps with blood flow and stimulates his or her tissue. An older dog will have trouble on walks, only being able to go 10-15 minutes. Build up their stamina and set a goal to have them walking up to an hour, three times a week.
Safe Ways to Exercise Your Dog
It’s important to find fun ways to help your dog exercise, outside of taking walks. Great ways for your four-legged family member to stay fit include:
- Play fetch
- Visit a dog park
- Puppy treadmills
- Create games, like human-canine hide & seek
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