Cobberdogs & Activity
- Regular play keeps your dog healthy both physically and mentally. To help with proper muscle development, you should allow your dog time to play both on and off leash.
- We recommend nylon collars with a clasp (not buckle) and 4 foot nylon leashes to maintain optimum control and safety. Please take your collar off before crating.
- Please be consistent with exercise. Puppies should have 5 minutes of structured exercise (on leash) for every month of age (ie. 10 minutes at 2 months of age). Puppies should then be allowed lots of opportunity for off-leash play so that they can strengthen and exercise their growing bodies in a free and natural manner.
- Every dog is different with their activity level needs. Dogs were often bred with a specific purpose, so get familiar with your breed and the forms of mental and physical stimulation that work best for them. Providing opportunities to exercise a dog's mind is often more draining than pysical exercise alone, so a great way to exhaust a puppy's energy is to do a training session or challenge them with thinking games. http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/exercise-dogs and http://www.cesarsway.com/training/exercise/Ways-to-Exercise-Your-Dog-Indoors
- Exercising your dog is not only good for your pet, but also is a great way to keep your family active and in shape! We love to go on daily walks with our dogs- and they love it too!
- We try to maintain ‘calm play’ inside and more rambunctious play outdoors. It’s our way of keeping our home sane but happy. This is a great rule especially when involving children in puppy training and play.
- Puppies should not be allowed to climb stairs, run on slippery floors, jump on and off objects, or perform repetitive motions (ie. running, swimming for more than a few minutes at at time) until they are fully grown and the gaps between their joints have closed.
- Take a class! Continuing with obedience classes or enrolling in a fun activit like agility or scent is a great way to provide structured stimulation for your dog. And with Canadian winters it's a lot more comfortable to have an indoor opportunity for your dog to play.