Exercising with Australian Labradoodle

Exer­ci­sing your Austra­lian Labradoodle

Regu­lar exer­cise is neces­sary not only for ove­rall health. Thro­ugh exer­ci­ses pup­pies a make strong musc­les, bones and joints. Exer­cise sti­mu­la­tes the flow of oxy­gen in the body, which enri­ches the blood. Blood, in turn, pro­vi­des the nutri­tio­nal value of your body.

Some­ti­mes I am being questio­ned — how much and how often shall I allow my dog to exer­cise during the day.

It depends — mostly on the age and type of exercise.

If rele­ase your dog from the leash — he will regu­late the amo­unt of exer­cise him­self. Some­ti­mes he will run or jump, some­ti­mes he will walk and some­ti­mes he will stand or lay down. Move­ments of your dogs will be spon­ta­ne­ous and not monotonous.

On the other hand while wal­king on a leash, we must remem­ber that the dog uses con­stan­tly the same “set” of the musc­les, ten­dons and liga­ments in the repe­ated motion. Moving this way for a long period of time can lead to con­ti­nu­ous stra­ins. Espe­cially imma­ture joints, may be vul­ne­ra­ble to irre­ver­si­ble damage.

What about jum­ping on and off objects? Gene­rally, it is not recom­men­ded for pup­pies under twe­lve mon­ths of age. Until then, joints, musc­les, ten­dons and liga­ments are not ripe, and this kind of exer­ci­ses must be controlled.

So how to dose exer­ci­ses for puppies?

— At the age of three to four mon­ths wal­king sho­uld not be lon­ger than ten minu­tes each session

— At the age of four to six mon­ths sho­uld not exceed 15 minu­tes for each session

— From six to twe­lve mon­ths, each ses­sion may not exceed thirty minutes

— Over twe­lve mon­ths of age, we can go for lon­ger walks or even jogging.

WARNING!

Pup­pies under twe­lve mon­ths of age sho­uld not climb sta­irs, jump on and off of tall objects. Con­ti­nu­ous run­ning and jum­ping on objects before matu­rity can lead to hip or elbow dysplasia.

Also – do not allow your dog to run like crazy all the time. Usu­ally when dogs do it – they need to relief some stress. Going on a walks on a very long leash and let­ting your dog to sniff makes your dog even more tired than run­ning on a field for some time. By snif­fing your dog learns how to cope with stress. What we do for the pup­pies here before they leave our pre­mi­ses – we build enri­ched envi­ron­ments for them. This means that we throw many dif­fe­rent pro­ducts from dif­fe­rent mate­rials, we stuck in them some food or mate­rials with scents of dif­fe­rent ani­mals (goat, rab­bit.. – goat gains the big­gest popu­la­tiry:); -)). Dogs go on such a field, sniff, find the tre­asu­res. After 15 minu­tes of con­stant snif­fing they sleep for the next few hours. Ant this is the best exer­cise ever. More about the sub­ject you will find here http://www.labradoodle.com.pl/nowinki/szczeniaczki-uczniaczki/

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland