If so, I’m sure you’re keenly aware of how much energy they have and what it may take to tire them out.
But because young dogs are still growing, you have to be careful of the amount and type of exercise you give them.
Growth plates are the soft areas that sit at the end of the long bones in a young dog’s limbs. These plates contain cells that allow the bones to grow longer. Once the dog matures, the growth plates calcify, thin and close.
Injuries to growth plates can result in legs that are misshaped or shorter than they should be which in turn, changes joint angles making the puppy more prone to injury as he grows up. They also give your puppy a greater chance of developing arthritis as he ages.
In addition to soft bones and growth plates that are prone to injury, puppies’ cardiovascular systems aren’t built for endurance. Long walks and jogs not only increase the risk for injury but yield little cardiovascular benefit.
Here are some suggestions.
Give some or all of these exercises a try. You’ll have a tired pup while keeping him safe and injury free. And that will allow him to grow into a healthy and happy adult dog!