How to Tire Out Your Puppy

Puppies need more aerobic exercise than you think

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
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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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About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).