Why Exercise is Important for a Puppy's Mental and Physical Development

Exercise is important for a puppy's mental and physical development in the following ways, and it also helps to form a strong bond that continues throughout the life of the puppy.

Physical Development

Exercise:

Strengthens the cardiovascular system.

Strengthens the muscles.

Improves bone density.

Builds up the puppy’s endurance levels slowly and steadily.

Controls weight and prevents obesity and associated health risks.

Frequent, scheduled walks promote house training.

Reduces digestive problems and constipation.

Increases agility.

Can help the dog avoid arthritis and other joint problems later in life.

Tests have shown that children who exercise are 50% less likely to fracture a bone – the same is likely to be true of puppies.

Studies have found that off-leash self-directed exercise on gently rolling, varied, and moderately soft ground for puppies under 3 months old decreased the risk of developing hip dysplasia.

Mental Development

Exercise:

Provides mental stimulation.  Moving around keeps them from becoming bored and mischievous.

Allows interaction with different environments.

Increases socialisation with people and other dogs.

Aids the ability for your puppy to cope with your absences.

Builds confidence and trust, especially in timid puppies.

Puppies that learn to play human games grow into dogs that see humans as a source of pleasure and enjoyment.  Such dogs are more sociable and easier to train.

Reduces behavioural problems through physical, intellectual and social stimulation:

o   Hyperactivity and restlessness at night

o   Incessant chewing, digging or scratching

o   Excessive barking and whining

o   Jumping on people, rough play and biting

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