Fun Activities For Puppies
Puppies are bundles of energy. They are a mass of live wires. They want
to learn. They want to play. They need exercise. Why not combine the
various needs into several fun activities?
There are many things you can do with your puppy and have fun. They
combine a variety of interesting activities. First, however, you must
make sure they are age appropriate. Not all puppies require or can
handle the same level of activities. Moreover, it is not always in the
best interest of your puppy to exercise in the ways satisfactory to a
grown dog. You have to be attuned to your puppy’s growth stage.
Some Facts About Puppy Growth
Very young puppies do not really need directed exercise programs. They
are still small babies. Between 2 and 4 months, they start to grow
rapidly. Their bodies are rubbery, cuddly and not fully developed. Since
they are not full grown, they will require specific attention paid
toward exercise. Use play and not enforced exercise.
When a pup reaches the age of between six and 14 months, you can
increase the exercise level. The body is more maturely developed. There
are, however, various breeds who are not ready to take part various
forms of strenuous exercise. Check to see if your dog is part of this
group. Moreover, increased exercise at this age does not mean many of
the dog sporting events. Some do not allow participation until the dog
is closer to two years old.
The Purpose of Playful Activities
The first thing you need to remember is the word FUN. All forms of
activity should be enjoyable for both you and your puppy. This is play
and/or advanced play. In fact, play is one of the most powerful tools in
your arsenal. It can accomplish so many different things for both
puppies and adult dogs. Play can
• Decrease the stress for both you and your dog.
• It helps your dog build up muscles and strength.
• Games can teach patience and new skills.
• They stimulate the brain of both you and your dog.
• It helps him or her to keep up the passion for a sport or activity.
• It is a way of bonding with your dog
• It is also a way your dog can reaffirm his pleasure, or bliss in
spending any part of his day or night with you.
• Play can help you and your dog become better in your life and in what
Play must be geared to the puppy’s age and developmental stage. From
6-14 months, you can take up seriously such activities as fetching.
Short walks need to be integrated into your puppy’s routine. You can
take your pet swimming. This is a low impact sport. You can combine both
fetching and swimming to liven up the activity.
At this age, you can introduce strength and co-ordination training. You
should not, however, begin any endurance training. This should not occur
before the puppy reaches the now adult age of 2-years-old. By this time,
you will have increased the length of the walks, introduced fun-filled
runs at the doggy park and tried out the frisbee.
If your mature puppy has lots of energy, you can try sports requiring
high levels of energy. These are agility, tracking and rally obedience.
If you have a young puppy, all this can wait. Try short walks, slowly
lengthening them and, above all PLAY.
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