Maryland Dog Trainer Speaks About Exercise

By: Maryland Dog Trainer Andrew Fraser

Length of exercise should be around 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your dogs age, breed and overall health. Always start small and build up over time.

2 types of exercise

Physical – aerobic activity will keep your dogs body healthy
  • Walk, Jog, Run
  • Fetch, Tug of War
  • Swimming
  • Agility – A full body workout
  • Upstairs / downstairs recalls – This uses a different set of muscles than normal and will wind most dogs after 10 repetitions up and down. You can also through a toy to the top
  • Laser Pointer chase – Get a cheap laser pointer and get your dog to chase it’s be moving it around slowly at first and with time increase speed and distance.

Mental – thinking and problem solving will keep your dogs mind healthy and help to prevent unwanted behavior issues

  • Kong Wobbles and StarMark Interactive toys using meal times
  • Hide and seek with toys, treats
  • Obedience Work work on building your distance, duration and distractions
  • Learning Tricks

Achieve a balance of the 2 types of exercise and you will have an excellent dog.