Whoodles & Activity
- Regular play keeps your dog healthy both physically and mentally. To help with proper muscle development, you should allow your puppy time to play both on and off leash.
- We recommend nylon collars with a clasp (not buckle) and 4 foot or 6 foot nylon leash 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.
- 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.
- Canine enrichment activities (playing scavenging games to find food and treats, going for hikes in new locations, playing games, enjoying food puzzle toys, teaching new training cues, allowing your dog to accompany you on outings, etc.) are important to allow dogs constructive opportunities to be dogs. Canine enrichment is a meaningful way to meet your dog's emotional and physical needs.
- Take a class! Continuing with obedience classes or enrolling in a fun activity 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.