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How much exercise does a Yorkshire Terrier need

Yorkshire Terriers are a small breed that are pawfect for city living. These guys are a very playful and energetic bunch, so they’ll need plenty of attention throughout the day. They have the tendency to be quite sensitive and are not a fan of being on their own. So if you work from home and are looking to become a pet parent for the first time, it’s worth having a look at these little rascals.

How much exercise does an adult Yorkshire Terrier need? 

Although Yorkshire Terriers come from the Toy family, they need a lot of exercise for a dog of that size. Around 45 minutes of proper daily exercise will keep your furry friend stimulated physically and mentally. Whether you decide to do this through games, walks, or both is up to you. 

Not sure how much exercise your dog is getting? The PitPat Dog Activity Monitor can tell you exactly how much walking, running, playing, pottering, and even resting they’ve done each day for just £39! Not only that, but we’ll also give you a tailored exercise goal specific to your dog and their needs. 

How much exercise does a Yorkshire Terrier puppy need? 

Exercising any puppy the right amount is extremely important. Not enough can leave you with an energetic, zoomies filled, bundle of fluff tearing around your home. Too much can end up causing joint and muscle problems later in life. 

When considering this, the rule of 5 minutes of exercise per month of age of your pup really doesn’t fit the bill. But what options does this leave you with? 

You can download our app today and get your very own tailored exercise goal. We take into account your dog’s age, sex, weight, and whether they’ve been neutered or not, to formulate the pawfect exercise goal. And It’s all free! 

How much exercise does a senior Yorkshire Terrier need? 

At this point in your dog’s life, it’s time to start thinking about shortening those walks. As dogs get older, they don’t need as much exercise as they did before.

A simple way of solving this would be to reduce the number of daily walks they do. Then when you’re out walking let your dog set the pace and keep an eye out for signs that they’re getting tired, so you know when it’s time to head for home.

As always, PitPat is with you every step of the way. As your dog gets older, we’ll adapt their exercise goal so you know they’re getting everything they need at this point in their life. 

Best types of exercise for a Yorkshire Terrier

Hide & Seek. To play this game, all you’ll need is one of their favourite toys. Simply hide it somewhere in a room and then bring your pup into the room, and watch their noses go into overdrive. You may need to encourage them by saying “find it” in an excitable voice from time to time. 

Tug-of-War. Yorkies would be happy to have a game of this with anything. Whether it’s a toy, a dog-friendly rope, or your favourite shoe. It’s worth mentioning that if you do take part in this activity, make sure you buy toys specifically made for this game, as they will be less harmful to their teeth.

Fetch. This is great as it includes lots of energy, teaches them to retrieve, and helps them learn commands such as “drop” and “return”. You may need to adapt the game slightly to accommodate for their size. Rolling a ball across the hallway at home instead of halfway across a field is one way you can do this, and you may also need to invest in a smaller-sized tennis ball so your Yorkshire Terrier is able to put it in their mouth. 

These games are great for your Yorkshire Terrier. Not only are they a great form of exercise, but they’ll help keep your little friend mentally stimulated. Can’t remember how long you’ve played with your dog today? Get a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor and we’ll tell you how much they’ve done each day.  

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