Providing the right amount of exercise a young pup needs!
Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. If you over-exercise a growing puppy you can overtire it and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.
It is important that puppies go out for exercise every day in a safe and secure area, or they may become frustrated. Time spent in the garden (however large) is no substitute for exploring new environments and socialising with other dogs.
Puppy walking is an ideal to way to give your pup a short walk to break up his day and allow them to develop some vital socialisation skills.
Socialising and walking.
Learning while walking.
While out on a short walk we will help your puppy to meet all sorts of people and friendly dogs. Puppies need to encounter a variety of different environments and situations. This provides an opportunity to become familiar with a wide range of different scents, sights and sounds.
We always allow a shy puppy the freedom and time to make friends at their own speed. With shy puppies we will gradually increase the degree of challenge until the puppy is able to take in all new encounters with comfort.
We work on preventing bad behaviour by ignoring or diverting attention away from it, whilst rewarding and praising good behaviour.