Puppies are growing, and they need a lot of sleep to let their bodies do the work. Altogether, including random naps, puppies tend to sleep around 18 to 20 hours each day! So when do you find time to get them to exercise? And, how much exercise for a puppy is the right amount?
While that may sound like a lot, there’s nothing to be worried about, unless your little friend is sleeping much more than normal or appears especially lethargic. Dog’s bodies are programmed to sleep as much as needed for a healthy balance.
How Much Exercise for a Puppy is Enough?
When it comes to play and exercise, a large of the responsibility falls on humans. Working breeds tend to need more exercise than some other dogs, but it is vital to be cautious about over-exercising all puppies.
If you have more than one puppy in your home, then they will likely play together and find their natural rest balance. If you have a puppy and older dog, on the other hand, you will need to be more purposeful in facilitating rest periods for your puppy, as older dogs will have more stamina.
While you can take your puppy for short walks in safe and healthy areas, you need to avoid jogging together or letting your puppy jump around or take part in high-impact exercise.
Puppies have very soft bones and are vulnerable to damage until they ossify at 18-months. Protect your puppy from running up and down the stairs, jumping in and out of cars, and any other bumpy moves.
Focus on letting your puppy get short amounts of controlled exercise each day. Try to play in the house and practice commands like sit, stay, lay down, and come. You can also teach your puppy to fetch!
If you’re still unsure about how much exercise your puppy should be getting to keep him healthy and safe, check with your veterinarian.