How should I exercise my puppy?

Providing puppies with the opportunity to exercise is a very important aspect of their care. Apart from providing various health benefits, exercising also provides a good opportunity for your puppy to socialise with other puppies and dogs and friendly people too, which is vital for their behavioural development. Check with your vet when your puppy can safely go to the park in relation to their vaccination status.

Learning to walk on the lead basics:

Walking on the lead:

Off the lead (running freely):

You should avoid forced exercise such as:

Dogs should not be exercised immediately before or after eating as this can cause problems such as bloat (which can be fatal), particularly in large and deep-chested dogs such as Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Irish setters, German shepherds, Rottweiler, Doberman pinschers, Weimeraner and Standard Poodles, among others.

Please note that some of the large and giant dog breeds may continue to grow up until about 18-24 months of age.

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Last updated: 21 Apr, 2016
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