Healthy growth lasts a lifetime

Healthy growth lasts a lifetime

How much exercise does a puppy need each day?
When it comes to guidance on the amount of exercise a puppy needs, it is very difficult to give a definitive answer. The simple truth is that the amount of exercise a puppy needs to get depends on each individual puppy.
But as a starting point, consider your dog's size and breed type. Smaller dogs tend to reach adulthood between 6 and 12 months and can therefore tolerate increased levels of exercise at an earlier age. For puppies that will grow into larger dogs, exercise should be carefully monitored over a longer period of time; They can grow fast but mature slowly. They do not reach adulthood until they are 18 to 24 months old.
Always be careful to look for signs of fatigue or even exhaustion in all puppies. They may start to feel uncomfortable or sore when they exert too much effort, which can prevent them from enjoying their games. If you notice that your puppy is starting to get tired, stop that day and reduce the amount of exercise the next day. They will soon catch up.

A puppy has different needs at each stage!
All puppies change rapidly as they grow. When raising a puppy week by week, being aware of how their needs change can help you understand their needs.

Understanding the different stages of their development can help you prepare and make sure you give your puppy the best possible start.

The developmental changes your puppy will experience from birth can have a significant impact on their proper nutrition and exercise needs. A lot of things will happen during infancy. Your pet's adult teeth will appear, adult hair will grow, and its skeleton and organs will grow.

This is also the time to consider neutering your puppy. Talk to your veterinarian about the right moment for your puppy's size and breed. While neutering has several health benefits, it can increase the risk of obesity. Most dogs tend to gain weight after the procedure as it causes a decrease in their energy needs and increases their appetite. To prevent excessive weight gain, it is important to ask your veterinarian to recommend a special diet for sterilized dogs aimed at limiting the amount of calories consumed. To ensure your puppy maintains his ideal weight, monitor the change in body shape and weight by weighing him every 2-3 weeks for 3 months after the operation.

While all these changes are taking place, it is vital that your puppy gets all the nutrients he needs and care is taken not to overfeed as this can cause unnecessary weight gain.

Healthy weight starts with healthy habits
One of the best ways to ensure your puppy grows into a happy and healthy dog ​​is to instill proper dietary and exercise habits right from the start. Whatever your puppy's breed, age, and activity levels, you can help him maintain a healthy form in a few simple ways.

When it comes to feeding your puppy, be sure to provide the right portion sizes of puppy food each time your pet reaches different developmental stages. Say no to any begging behavior in your puppy to keep his food intake in check. Finally, including any treats in your pet's daily serving of food will help him maintain a healthy weight and form as he grows. Remember, treats should only make up 10% of your puppy's daily servings.

Having regular checkups with your veterinarian will help you meet your puppy's needs at each developmental milestone as he grows.

Talk to your veterinarian for help at each growth stage.
As your puppy develops into an adult dog, it's important to be aware of their changing needs at each developmental stage. Talking to your veterinarian and asking questions will help you feel comfortable meeting their needs as your pet grows.

Veterinary advice and support is especially important when you have to make any changes to your dog's diet or if you suspect something is affecting your puppy's health.

Your veterinarian can help you establish appropriate, healthy eating and exercise habits for your pet right from the start.
Getting a professional opinion will give you peace of mind right from the start and help your puppy grow into a happy, healthy dog.