Fun for your Dog

Exercising Your Dog
Just like us, dogs need regular exercise. The amount of exercise greatly depends on the individual dog. You should keep in mind his breed, genetics and his age while deciding the amount of exercise. Younger dogs will surely be more energetic than older ones, especially certain breeds such as Basset Hounds, that will need more exercise.

It is important to provide the correct amount of exercise. Excess energy that the dog doesn't use up will be channelled into other behaviour. If you see him jumping and trying to seek your attention, it means that he needs more exercise.

Regularly exercising the dog will allow himto use up this excess energy, mentally stimulate him and allow him to become better socialised with animals and people. It is generally better to take the dog out at least twice a day. This will ensure that the dog does not over exert himself on one walk. It may help to get the dog into a routine of exercise at certain times of the day, such as morning and evening.

The amount of exercise will depend on the dog's energy level. If he is displaying unwanted active behaviour, his exercise amounts may need to be increased, until a suitable level is reached. You can also change the type of exercise that the dog receives, by using playing games, letting the dog off the lead (in appropriate areas), swimming, agility classes etc. Get him toys so that he can play by himself and burn some of this energy.

As the dog gets older, he may slow down and therefore require less exercise. Puppies, however, seem to have endless energy! For young and old dogs it is better to offer shorter walks often, not lasting for longer than 20-30 minutes for each exercise.
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