Exercise. In moderation.

Exercise. In moderation.

I know that at this point you have likely been told to keep your puppy indoors until all their shots are complete. Most people are told this by well-meaning people, but I am here to tell you that it is bogus. It is outdated and dangerous advice. Puppies need to be socialised with the outside world well before the age of 16 weeks (4 months). 

There is no need for your puppy to be exhausted before you leave them, but it’s a good idea to ensure that your puppy’s exercise needs are met appropriately. Fifteen to twenty minutes of outdoor walking, meeting people and other friendly/healthy dogs, a playdate with a puppy friend – these are all great ways to burn excess energy. 

One hour of exercise will be too much for a young puppy as it can build endurance, exhaust them physically (and not in a good way) and affect their joints. Opt for intermittent periods of activity with lots of sleep-breaks to prevent over-stimulation or over-arousal. Puppies need almost 20 hours of sleep per day while they are growing!

Rather than over-exercising your puppy, consider providing brain-games – dogs are problem-solvers so enriching their world as we discussed in our last lesson is key. Teaching them fun tricks and letting them explore new places on a regular basis will help keep their brain in tip-top shape!