Goldendoodles are adorable bundles of joy. They are highly energetic and playful by nature. They need their fair share of physical activity to keep them healthy and fit. In this article, we will look at the exercise needs of a Goldendoodle and try to understand how much exercise he needs daily.
How much exercise your Goldendoodle needs
A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It is a fairly intelligent and active specie of dogs. It loves to play around and explore things. It also has loads of energy which it needs to spend to lead a happy and healthy life. Failure to do so can cause lethargy, restlessness, and behavior issues in it. Just how much exercise your Goldendoodle needs daily? The answer to it depends on the following three factors;
- Weight and
- Personality type
Age: A young Goldendoodle will need more exercise time. An older one will have settled down a bit and would require lesser time. We will explore it in detail later.
Weight: A standard, fully-grown, medium-built Goldendoodle would require more exercise time roughly around 30-45 minutes daily whereas a mini-Goldendoodle would require less.
Personality: Goldendoodles have a happy-go-lucky nature. If your Goldendoodle is more active and agile he needs more exercise time than others and if he has a laidback nature then he may want less.
Exercise time for Goldendoodle puppies:
Experts suggest a rule; multiply the age of your pup with 5 and you will get the ideal time of exercise for your Goldendoodle puppy, twice a day. For example, for 5 months old, 25 minutes of play/exercise time twice a day should be enough.
Exercises for the Goldendoodle puppy:
You can play a variety of games and physical activities with your little pup that will keep him mentally alert and physically active. Some of these are;
Hide and seek: It’s both fun and a great learning experience for your puppy when he plays hide and seek with you. He will love it for that.
Fetching: You can play this game both inside and outside. Don’t throw too far otherwise your puppy will tire himself too soon.
Tug of war: While playing this with your puppy do not pull him towards yourself. Instead, let him use his strength on you. Let me win occasionally as it will give him confidence.
Wrestling: Puppies love to wrestle with each other and pull each other’s legs. In case your pup is alone you can be his wrestling partner. Although you will have to tame him not to get too nippy.
Short walk: Walk is a great exercise. Puppies love to walk as it gives them a break from the daily routine and explore the world and have new experiences. With a puppy, do not go on long trips as it will tire them unnecessarily.
Playing with toys: There can be a variety of toys for your young Goldendoodle to play with like chew toys, balls, ropes, stuffed toys, flavored toys, puzzles, etc.
Exercise for adult Goldendoodles:
You can play all the above games with your adult Goldendoodle too. Of course, the level of their intensity would increase. You can also take them for jogging or hiking with you. An adult need at least 30 minutes of exercise or rigorous physical training to stay fit and healthy. It will help them in;
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Promoting cardiovascular health
- Muscular growth
- Boosting the immune system
- Controlling behavior issues
- Staying alert both mentally and physically
Symptoms your Goldendoodle needs exercise:
Look for the following signs in your dog. If any of them appears then he needs more exercise.
- Putting on weight
- Behavior issues like running around without any reason, chewing on anything they can find, etc.
- Showing too much energy or lack of it can also mean that your dog is either getting no exercise or not getting enough of it.
Exercise is very important for your Goldendoodle. He needs it daily. However, each dog is unique and has its own energy level. The idea is to expose your dog to a variety of physical activities and exercise. In this way, he will not get bored with any one activity and his motivation level will remain high.