Puppy Pointers – Exercise

All puppies need exercise. Puppies do well if they can run freely in a safe, enclosed yard. Walking and gentle jogging on leash are also good exercise, as is swimming. Playing “fetch” in a fenced area or on a long leash is one way to exercise a dog without having to do much exercise yourself. It is fine to let your dog play, in a supervised and safe environment, with other dogs that are close to its same size. It is not a good idea to let a small puppy play with an exuberant, large dog. Sometimes the bigger dog may accidentally injure the little dog by stepping on it or bumping into it. IMPORTANT NOTE: It is fine to take your pup out on streets and sidewalks. In fact, it is critical to your dogs successful socialization. Pups need to be socialized to other dogs and other people before their final shots. Healthy dogs will not give your pup any diseases. Healthy dog bowel movements are not dangerous to your dog. However, dog potty from dogs that have parvo can give your dog parvo if your dog ingests it. It is important to keep your puppy away from public parks or areas of grass and dirt where other unknown dogs may have defecated due to the risk of parvovirus. Parvovirus is a terrible virus causing vomiting and diarrhea and possibly death. The virus can live in the environment for years; however fully vaccinated dogs are immune to it.

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