Knowing how much exercise your husky puppy needs isn’t something you just know. Sure, adults need a lot, but what about puppies? This article has everything you need to know!
Exercise your husky puppy for 5 minutes per day, per month of age he has. When your puppy is 3 months old, he can exercise for 15 minutes per day, at 4 months he can exercise for 20 minutes per day, and so on.
The Correct Amount of Exercise For a Husky Puppy
The 5 minutes per day, per month ratio.
You may be thinking 5 minutes in one whole month!? Not quite… This is a ratio rule which is widely accepted as a safe way to bring almost any puppy up without injuring their joints or overstraining their muscles.
This method works by only walking your puppy for 5 minutes per day, per month they have of age.
⭐ For example, when your pup is 2 months old, they will be at 10 minutes of exercise per day. 3 months old, they will be at 15 minutes of exercise per day, and so on.
This is a slow build-up that will keep them healthy and injury-free. Some great information from The Kennel Club
Let’s take a look at your huskies growth timeline below. This will help you understand their physical development
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Husky Growth Timeline
⭐ In the first 6 months
Your husky will be growing the quickest during this stage. Therefore, this will be when their bones and ligaments are the most fragile and extra caution must be taken.
⭐ The next 6 months to 1 year
This is when the growth will slow down a little and your husky should be at their full height by their first birthday. Just remember that further development of their joint and ligaments will still be happening, just at a slower pace
⭐ 1 Year to 2 Years
By the second year, your husky would have now filled out and have gained the required strength and body mass ready for their adulthood.
In the males that are destined to be bigger huskies, it’s not uncommon to be 36 months until your male husky is fully grown. Source
The Difference Between Direct and Indirect Exercise
Indirect exercise for a puppy can be as little as climbing the stairs (which should be kept to a minimum), running across the room, jumping up at you, or playing with his toy.
Dedicated exercise is when you put the harness and leash on and take him for a walk, whether it be inside or outside of your home.
It’s important your puppy understands the idea of dedicated exercise early on. Before your puppy tires himself out through indirect exercise, be sure to go through dedicated exercise early in the day.
Getting your puppy outside as soon as safely possible should be your priority as this promotes mental growth as well as stimulating their senses for the first time.
I will cover below when puppies can safely go outside.
When Will Your Husky Puppy Need More Exercise?
Once your puppy has reached around 8-12 months, you will be able to gauge what is appropriate and what your husky needs.
Your husky would have finished their initial 6-month development stage and will be able to take a little more exercise than before without the risk of injury.
⭐ It’s commonly agreed upon that around the 10 months mark is when you can start taking exercise more seriously.
Even though the most important growth and development stages are now over, it’s still important to proceed with caution.
Because of the husky’s reputation, many owners often get carried away and over-exercise their husky too young. Potentially injuring their joints.
A physically matured husky will need more exercise
The 2-year mark is when exercising your husky becomes a different thing altogether.
Huskies require high volumes and intensity of exercise in order to be happy. One adult husky could easily keep your whole family fit, they really do have that much energy and desire to play.
If you are not prepared to give your husky at the very least 2 hours of throwing the ball in the park, jogging, hiking, and running then it would be better to consider a different breed requiring lower activity levels.
Ideally, you should take your husky out for two 1-hour walks / exercising periods per day.
When Can You Take Your Husky Puppy Outside?
It’s recommended that you keep your husky, and any other breed of dog, safe inside your home and private yard/garden until around 2 weeks after they have completed their last vaccination round.
By this time your husky pup will be around 16 weeks old before it’s safe for them to spread their paws in the local parks and public places.
● Your private yard vs local parks
You can safely take your puppy outside in your own private yard before this 16-week mark. Just be aware of what’s in your yard and make sure you do not have other animals using it as their chill-out zone or worse, bathroom! Keep your puppy away in this case.
● What about socializing with other dogs?
7-18 weeks is the ideal stage for your pup’s first socializing experiences to begin. Invite your friends and their dogs over to play in the safe control of your home, as long as those dogs have had their vaccines and are puppy friendly.
Socializing and familiarising your puppy with other dogs and people from this young age can help avoid any future social or aggression problems!
● After 16 weeks have passed
After this 16 week period, you can now venture on out into the big wide world. Your puppy will absolutely love their first experiences outside, at the local park, field, or beach.
Unlimited smells will have your puppy’s nose to the floor like a vacuum!
Sights of other dogs will spark their social energy and curiosity. The sounds of birds, other animals, and background noises will awaken their hyper-alertness. Enjoy this moment of development with your fluffy friend. It’s an amazing part of your husky puppy’s development.
⭐ Thank you for reading! Like always, please make a comment below with your thoughts on exercising husky puppies. Let us all share experiences and stories to help each other be better husky owners!
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Top Three Husky Puppy Exercise FAQs
Let’s run through some of the most frequently asked questions about exercising a husky puppy.
How often should I walk my husky puppy?
Husky puppies should receive some form of dedicated exercise/walking every single day. A young husky puppy at 2 months old can be walked everyday for 10 minutes, increase these by 5 additional minutes, every month. This is known as the 5-minute method.
How much can a husky puppy run?
Husky puppies under 10-12 months can run a little, but should not be made to run too often or long distances. Husky puppies must reach full physical maturity before receiving strenuous exercise like running. General playing and light exercise is sufficient for a husky puppy.
What’s the best way to exercise a husky puppy?
The best way to exercise a husky puppy is mostly through general interaction, especially while still very young. Command training, playing fetch inside the home, and gentle games of tug of war will all suffice. It’s important to refrain from strenuous exercise with a husky puppy.
If you have more questions be sure to let me know, and I’ll happily add the answer here.
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