12-02-2016, 12:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I had to be careful with the amount of exercise I gave my pup only because the more exercise I gave her...the more she needed! I kept raising the "exercise" bar until I realized I created this super athletic monster! lol Her trainer told me I had to start teaching her "downtime". I will say though that at 6 months, 30 minutes is not enough like DriveDog said. I think that rule was meant for repetitive movements, like walking on pavement/concrete etc because the impact will negatively affect growing bones etc
When my pup was about 5-6 months months, we would take long off leash walks (definitely longer than 30 mins) in the trails where the ground was much softer and we could go at her own pace. She would run back and forth but also stop and smell things etc.
Like DriveDog said, mental exercises will also tire out your pup. Interactive food toys like kongs where you can stuff food inside, puzzle toys, playing tug, teaching tricks and basic commands....Those are also really good for cold rainy days when your pup spends more time indoors.