Monday, May 31, 2010

How Much Exercise Does Your Puppy Need?

Providing your puppy with adequate physical exercise is really important. A puppy's need for physical exercise increases as they get older with the energy peak starting at 9 months. We've all noticed a big difference in Jet in just the past few weeks. Her energy level has really increased and she's only 5 months old. She really needs to get out there running and playing several times a day. I sure don't remember having that much energy.The amount of exercise can vary a lot considering your puppy's breed, size, genetics, and individual personality. A good gauge is what your puppy's parents were like. If your puppy's daddy was a champion herding dog, then that is a pretty good indication that your puppy will have a high drive and high energy level.

Jet is no exception and Jenn knows already that Jet will require more outlets for her energy than me, Bernie or Big Sandy.
Jenn hears people complain a lot about the fact that their puppy is hyper all the time. Usually these are puppies bred to do a certain job that requires a ton of energy and stamina. When puppies don't get to fulfill their instincts or release their natural energy, they get all pent up (see Toilet Paper Madness). The energy has to go somewhere and that usually means acting out, destructive chewing/mouthing, barking, etc. Jenn knows that she has provided Jet with enough exercise when she looks like this:Tired puppies sleep. Tired puppies can't chew your shoes, steal things off the coffee table, or bark for attention. It's your job to figure out how to provide the right amount of exercise that your puppy needs to be happy and healthy.

Photos by Anthony Benson

1 comment:

Priscilla said...

A tired puppy is a happy puppy!