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How much exercise does my Rottweiler need?

How much exercise does a Rottweiler need?

Rottweilers may look imposing but they’re extremely loving and loyal dogs who want nothing more than to spend quality time with their owners. They make great family dogs, and although they can sometimes be a bit stubborn, this can be helped by starting training and socialisation when they’re still a puppy.

How much exercise does an adult Rottweiler need?

An adult Rottweiler will need about 80 minutes of exercise a day which can be spread across multiple walks. It’s also important to remember that play counts towards the exercise they need each day, and it’s a great alternative to more formal walkies as it will get their brains working as well as their muscles.

If you’re unsure if your dog is getting the right amount of exercise then it’s time to get a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor. We’ll give you an exercise goal tailored to your Rottweiler and you’ll be able to see exactly how much walking, running, playing and pottering they’ve got up to.

How much exercise does a Rottweilier puppy need?

Figuring out how much exercise a puppy needs can be tricky, especially when they can easily seem to be getting enough just by tearing around the house. But the general rule is that when it comes to their formal walkies you should be aiming for 5 minutes per month of their age. This should help prevent over-exercise which can cause muscle and bone development issues later in life. It’s also a good idea to encourage them to get plenty of rest during the day.

You’ll want to make sure that there’s time for play too as it’s a wonderful way to bond with your new puppy and is really enriching for them. Try a game of hide and seek, or hide treats around the living room, and watch their excitement as they get to use all their senses.

If you’re worried about getting the exercise balance just right, then you’ll want to get your Rottweiler pup a PitPat. It’s the simple way to keep track of all their exercise, and we’ll even adjust your puppy’s daily goal accordingly as they grow.

How much exercise does a senior Rottweiler?

As your Rottweiler gets close to their seventh birthday you may notice that they’re starting to slow down, but don’t worry, this is to be expected and is perfectly normal.  They’re simply entering their senior years, and now is the time to look at reducing their exercise, as over-exercising them at this point could lead to muscle and joint problems as they age.

The best way to do this is to go at your dog’s pace, if you notice they’re more tired after their usual walk, why not shorten it a little next time? Or if they’re the kind of dog who wants to keep going as long as you do, you may find the adjustment easier if you use a PitPat. We’ll automatically decrease their exercise goal as they age, so you’ll have a clear idea of what they need and can easily modify their daily routine.

What are the best types of exercise for Rottweiliers?

Walkies are of course a firm favourite with any dog, but it can be fun to change things up sometimes and try something new. Rottweilers are an intelligent breed who love to be physically and mentally challenged, so these options can be a great alternative for them.

Obedience. This is a brilliant one to help you bond with your dog and is really helpful when you’re out exploring the world together too. Start at home by practicing training commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, and as you get more confident see what other more difficult commands you might be able to conquer.

Scent work. This could be as simple as hiding treats around the house for them to find, or even taking the extra step and joining a local gun dog group, so they can use their noses to seek and retrieve in the field.

Retrieving. Rottweilers are smart dogs and eager to please their owners, so training them to retrieve can be a great exercise option for them. You could start with a game of fetch, or even experiment with hiding their favourite toy and asking them to find it.

Whichever way you decide to exercise your Rottweiler, make sure a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor plays a part. After all, the more you know about how active your dog is, the easier it is to make sure they’re always getting what they need, whatever age they are.

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