How to Tire Out Your Puppy

Puppies need more aerobic exercise than you think

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
November 14, 2011

Question: I have a fairly new puppy that I walk three times a day, but she’s still bouncing off the walls. Any tips?

Answer: A leash walk burns about as much energy as window-shopping at the mall – not enough to take the edge off any healthy dog let alone a puppy. Get your pup at least a solid hour of aerobic exercise every day in a safe off-leash area. She needs to run, trot, and maybe play fetch. Morning exercise would be best, so that she’ll start the day pleasantly tired and relaxed. It’s also a great way for you to warm up for your morning workout, too! 


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