Young puppies generally get plenty of exercise romping around the garden and playing. Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can take him for short walks to a park, trips to the countryside, and visits to town to help him get used to a variety of environments.
The age to start proper exercise differs from breed to breed, as does the amount of exercise – if in doubt, please feel free to pop in to the surgery to seek advice. Don’t start strenuous exercise until your puppy is fully grown and his bones are developed. At this stage, a dog should be taken out at least once a day for exercise on the lead, and let off to run in a permitted place.
Tips for healthy exercise:
Really active breeds can benefit from taking part in agility, obedience, flyball
or working trials. Details of local groups can be found in ‘Further information
for dog owners’.