Congratulations on your new family member! Along with the excitement and snuggles that come with your adorable puppy comes the added responsibility and time to care for them well – just like with any family member. As a pet owner, it’s important to ensure that your puppy gets enough exercise, even if you’re busy with work.
How Many Walks Does My Puppy Need?
The frequency and duration of walks for your new furry friend will depend on various factors such as their breed, age, and overall health. However, a general rule of thumb is to aim for at least one walk for every three to four hours that your puppy is left alone. For example, if you work an eight-hour shift, you should aim to walk your puppy at least 3 times a day – once before work, once in the middle of the day around lunch time, and once after work.
Fit The Walks To Your Puppy’s Breed & Age
If you have a high-energy breed like a Border Collie or a Siberian Husky, they may require more frequent walks to burn off excess energy and prevent destructive behavior.
It’s also important to consider your puppy’s age when determining their exercise needs. Puppies under six months of age require frequent potty breaks and shorter walks to prevent overexertion. As they grow older and their bladder control improves, you can gradually increase the length and frequency of their walks.
Don’t Forget The Gear
When walking your puppy, it’s important to follow proper leash etiquette and safety guidelines. Always use a properly fitted collar or harness and a sturdy leash. Avoid using retractable leashes, as they can be difficult to control and pose a safety hazard to both you and your puppy. Additionally, always pick up after your puppy and dispose of waste properly.
Hire a Dog Walker To Help
If you’re unable to take your puppy for a walk during the day, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker or enrolling them in a doggy daycare program. A professional dog walker can help ensure that your puppy gets the exercise and socialization they need while you’re at work. Learn more about Skiptown’s dog walking services here! Alternatively, a doggy daycare program provides your puppy with a safe and supervised environment to play and interact with other dogs. For pups that are 4 months or older, Skiptown’s doggy daycare may be a better option.
In conclusion, how often you walk your puppy depends on your particular pup, but you can typically plan for at least one walk every three to four hours. Let us make your new puppy experience a little easier by utilizing our dog walking service or doggy daycare while you’re at work during the day!