All canines require daily exercise, but some pups need more than others. It all depends on the breed! And how much exercise a dog needs each day is something you should find out before you adopt; otherwise, you could find yourself with a highly energetic pet and not enough time to exercise it properly, and that can lead to a bored, stressed, or destructive dog.
If you’ve been considering adopting a Dalmatian, it’s vital you’re aware of just how energetic these canines are. Originally, Dalmatians were used as carriage dogs, meaning they ran alongside a carriage, so this breed is super energetic—so energetic, in fact, that a Dalmatian requires about 2 hours of exercise a day. That’s a lot!
How Much Exercise Do Dalmatian Puppies Need?
Puppies, in general, are energetic. Add to that the Dalmatian factor, and it makes sense you’d need to exercise a Dalmatian puppy a lot, right? However, that’s incorrect. Yes, you want to make sure your Dalmatian puppy gets enough exercise, but you also don’t want to over-exercise it. Because puppies are still in the process of growing, too much exercise could damage joints.
A general rule of thumb when it comes to exercising a puppy is to have 5 minutes of exercise for each month of the puppy’s age. So, if you have a 5-month-old Dalmatian on your hands, it should be fine to go for a 25-minute walk. However, this isn’t the whole advice. You should also take your cue from your pup, don’t run them ragged chasing balls. Let them show you when they are tired, when they start to lie down or lag behind it is time to end the exercise session and this could be before 25 minutes. But this formal exercise isn’t all you should do with your puppy.
Your pet will still likely have plenty of energy, so you’ll want to engage your pup in daily playtime at home. This also provides your dog with mental stimulation to keep it from becoming bored and strengthens the bond between you!
How Much Exercise Does a Senior Dalmatian Need?
On the flip side, there will come a time when your Dalmatian gets old enough to begin slowing down, and this is another instance where you don’t want to over-exercise your pet. But you don’t want to under-exercise your dog, either. Just because your Dalmatian needs to do a little less doesn’t mean they must stop exercising entirely. That’s just as unhealthy as too much exercise! But there’s not necessarily any rule of thumb when it comes to exercising senior dogs.
Instead, you’ll need to pay more attention to your Dalmatian when you’re going for walks. Pay attention to the weather and temperature to see if your dog slows down when it’s warmer or colder. Pay attention to the pace your Dalmatian needs to maintain as it walks. And pay attention to body language, both during and after walks. Your dog will let you know if it’s done with walking, and if you notice that your pup seems stiff or sore after a walk, it’s wise to shorten the length of them. Keep exercise consistent throughout the week rather than doubling up at the weekend. The mental activity of a nose-led walk/sniffari is very important for senior dogs.
And remember that it’s always a good idea to speak to your vet if there are concerns about the level of exercise your senior Dalmatian needs or how this exercise will affect any ailments it may have!
Great Ways to Exercise Your Dalmatian
Besides daily walks and romps in the backyard, what are other ways you can exercise your Dalmatian? After all, you want to keep things varied so your pup doesn’t become bored! Dalmatians are agile and love to be challenged mentally, so there are plenty of ways you can fit in daily exercise with your dog.
Agility training is a fabulous way to keep your Dalmatian healthy and entertained. This breed is fast and quick to think on their feet, so agility courses give them the perfect challenge. You can put together a course in your backyard, see if your local dog park has one, or check out whether you have a group nearby to take part in that trains dogs in agility.
Nose work games are also excellent. Dalmatians have great sniffers, and nose work games offer a fun, unique challenge. Plus, these sorts of games can be tiring, so it’s a fabulous way to calm down an overly excited pup!
Fetch is always a great activity for dogs, and it’s one that Dalmatians will be happy playing for hours on end. It’s great for tiring out an overactive pup!
You can also give swimming a try. Many Dalmatians are fans of swimming, but because canines are individuals, not every Dalmatian will enjoy the water. If your pet is one that does like swimming, then it makes a wonderful low-impact activity.
Because you want to keep your pup mentally stimulated as well, consider getting some puzzle toys for it to play with. Dalmatians are smart, so they will love the challenge of figuring out how a puzzle toy works.
Dalmatians are incredibly active, so they need about 2 hours of exercise each day (at least for adult dogs). Puppies and seniors will need less exercise, but they’ll still be fairly high-energy. Just be careful not to over-exercise your dog, as this can lead to health issues. And remember to vary your activities with your pet outside of its daily walks to keep things interesting and fun!
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