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How much exercise does a Lhasa Apso need?

Lhasa Apsos are a small dog breed. They’re also a very sensitive breed, but are quite capable of keeping themselves busy if left alone. Their exercise needs and size make them pawfect for apartment life and also for first-time pet parents. 

Although these guys are affectionate towards family members, they can be wary of new people and other dogs. So it’s best to try to socialise them from early on so that this becomes less of an issue as they get older.

How much exercise does an adult Lhasa Apso need? 

An adult Lhasa Apso will need around 40 minutes of daily physical exercise. To help with mental stimulation, you may choose to split this into two 20-minute walks. Or even replace one walk with enrichment games around the house. 

It’s difficult to remember how much walking, running, playing, pottering, and even sleeping your dog has done in a day. That’s why we created the PitPat Dog GPS Tracker and the PitPat Dog Activity Monitor. These lightweight devices fit easily on your dog’s collar, let you know active your dog is each day and if you have a PitPat GPS you’ll also know their location when you’re out and about too.

How much exercise does a Lhasa Apso puppy need? 

When you get your new puppy, you’ll be forgiven for thinking exercising them is the easy part. But actually, making sure they get exactly the right amount is very important at this stage in their lives. 

Not getting enough exercise can result in your pup becoming overweight, meaning they’re more prone to health conditions. Too much exercise and it could lead to serious joint and muscle issues further down the line. 

PitPat takes the guesswork out of exercising your dog with our free app giving you an exercise goal based on your dog’s, age, weight, sex, and whether they’ve been neutered or spayed.

How much exercise does a senior Lhasa Apso need?

As a dog gets older their joints and muscles won’t be as strong as they once were – just like us humans. So it’s important that around your pup’s eighth birthday, you keep an eye out for any signs of them slowing down. 

There are a couple of ways you can minimize the risk of over-exercising your dog as they get older. For example, trying to spot at which point on your walks your dog starts to slow down will help you to how much to shorten future walks by.

Also, if you do multiple walks or other types of exercise throughout the day, you could consider reducing this to give your dog more opportunities to rest.

Or, you can always get yourself a PitPat Dog GPS Tracker, and as your pup gets older we’ll adapt their exercise goal to what they need at this point in their life.

Best types of exercise for a Lhasa Apso

Fetch. You may need to adapt this to accommodate for their size, but fetch is a great way to exercise your Lhasa Apso. It can even be played from the comfort of your home. This is a good type of exercise as it also includes a bit of command training. 

Tug of War. This is a great game, particularly for those rainy days when your dog has a bit more energy than usual. You may want to get dog-specific ropes so it doesn’t fall apart easily and is also less damaging to their teeth. 

Agility Training. This is another effective way of introducing command training for your dog and you don’t need a load of equipment or outdoor space either. You can do this in your house by using chair legs as pillars to weave in and out of or to jump on and off from. But do make sure you’ve got some tasty treats so your dog knows they’ve done a good job. 

No matter what age your dog is, PitPat is there for you every step of the way. Whether you choose a PitPat GPS or a PitPat Dog Activity Monitor you’ll always know exactly how much exercise your dog needs. We got you.

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