When acquiring a new puppy, something that should be high on the list of things to do is exercise. As a general guide, a puppy needs five minutes of exercise for each month of the its life, so for a three month old puppy you would give them fifteen minutes, four months twenty minutes, five months twenty five minutes and so on – ensuring the environment is safe and secure.
Over-exercising can cause the puppy to become over tired and possibly damage their developing joints, which can lead to early arthritis.
Don’t let your puppy run free to play with bigger dogs as this too can cause early damage to young joints. Let them say hello in a controlled way, so as not to isolate them and this will also ensure they are socialised with dogs without the risk of damaging their development.
Take them to new places – introduce them to as many new things as possible, taking care not to force the issue if they get scared. Give them time to learn and you will end up with a less stressed confident dog.
Feeding your puppy also dictates when you can exercise, especially for larger deep-chested breeds such as Great Danes, German Shepherds, Bullmastiffs and Dobermans to name a few. Ask your vet or go online to find out if your puppy is this type of breed if you are in any doubt.
A recommended rest period after eating is between one and two hours and after exercise, get the puppy used to resting for at least half an hour to an hour before commencing with feeding.
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