Just like we need exercise on a daily basis to stay fit, dogs also require plenty of exercise on a daily basis to stay healthy and fit. Whether you have a young, old, big or small dog, all require daily exercises to remain healthy.
Generally, Labradors are quite an active and healthy dog breed. It was bred for the purpose of hunting and retrieving the hunt. They were used to be called as retriever gun dogs. With time the bloodline has diversified and Labradors have become one of the most favored home pets. However, they are still an active dog breed and require regular exercise. The question is how much? Let us help you understand.
How much exercise does a Labrador need?
It depends on their age, overall health and genetics. As Labradors are considered as a working breed. Those in line of duty need more exercise than the household ones.
Usually, 1 hour of daily exercise is good for a normal and young Labrador. It can be in the form of running, playing fetch, jogging alongside their humans etc.
Labrador puppies exercise routine
A Labrador puppy after it reaches the age of 3 months require minimal exercise. They can tire easily from normal playing as well. So, do not over-exercise your puppy in the first 3 months. Too much of playing and less rest can harm the development of their joints. So, monitor the duration.
After 3 months, you can start with a planned exercise routine for 5 minutes. Continuing the 5 minute rule for at least 1 year of age, will make the puppy accustomed to an healthy exercise routine.
An elderly Labrador exercise routine
The amount of exercise an elder Labrador needs highly depends on the dog’s overall health and can vary from one Labrador to another. Some labs energy will slow down when they reach the age of 7 and others might remain active even at the age of 10. You have to keep an eye out for health issues like arthritis, dysplasia etc. These health issues can prevent a Labrador from playing and exercise. You may have to find alternative exercise routine based on their conditions to keep them fit at an older age. Don’t forget to consult your vet before implementing any exercise routine for your elderly Labrador.
The best form of exercise for an elderly Labrador would be gentle walking and swimming on daily basis. It will help them in recovering from joint pains.
Signs Your Labrador Isn’t Getting Enough Exercise
• They always look hyper active; chewing things, jumping around and barking.
• Gaining extra weight without over feeding.
If you notice these signs, it means they’re not getting enough exercise. A relaxed dog that listens to commands and looks athletic is a dog that is getting its daily exercise.
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