A puppy’s exercise should be strictly controlled. Strenuous activity (such as excessively long walks, or running up and down the stairs as well as jumping on chairs) can contribute to joint problems, so stick to gentle play. Unrestricted access to the garden for free-running is ideal to start off with and gradually add in lead-walking initially on grass before moving onto harder surfaces, so the garden is a good place to start.
Pugs do not require a great deal of exercise, but they do need more than you would think and it should be part of the regular daily routine. You should aim at giving an adult Pug two 20-minute walks a day, together with free access to a well-fenced, secure garden.
Pugs enjoy their exercise but take care that your dog does not become overheated in warm weather and that goes for lying in the sun for long periods too.
In warm weather, you should adjust the times of your walks so your dog isn’t exercising in heat. Walk him a little earlier in the morning, and later in the evening.
Many Pugs dislike rain and damp conditions, and may even refuse to go outside at all; use your common sense and that applies to extremely cold weather as well.
For winter, invest in a warm, waterproof coat for your dog (there are lots of designs to choose from), which may persuade him/her to leave the comfort of his/her home for a quick stroll. Really rough andwindy weather is best avoided – it can play havoc with a Pug’s eyes.
If it is very wet, cold or gusty, take your Pug to a sheltered area to do his business (and stay with him/her at all times) and then take him/her back indoors if he doesn’t want to remain outside. Instead, play some indoor games together so he/she doesn’t become a couch potato.
Always keep a close eye on your Pug during walks to ensure he/she is breathing easily and is not getting overheated. Pugs will rarely give up on a walk – and will struggle to keep up with their beloved owners. Get them used to longer walks gradually, building up their stamina as if you were in training. You can buy travel water bowls and bottles which are useful.