Best Exercises for Small Dogs

Most have a ton of energy to burn. Whether you own a teacup or terrier canine companion, the for your pup is one that fits their stature and ability. With a few minor adjustments to almost any routine, you can create the perfect regimen to keep your furry friend happy, healthy and in good shape.

Just a Little Jog

For years I owned medium to -sized dogs. They were my constant companions. If I ran, they ran with me. If I swam, they took the plunge, too. But, the first time I tried to embark on a three-mile jog with my little Shih Tzu, I was in for a rude awakening. As much as she wanted to go with me, at about the 1.5 mile marker, she was done. She planted herself on the pavement and refused to go any further – even after a water break. So, on that hot, sweaty summer morning, I ended up walking back home with my pup in my arms.

Lesson learned: small dogs need smaller routes to run – it's that simple. Their little legs have to go twice as fast to keep up with us, so they need just a little jog to fulfill their exercise needs. Start your on a 10-minute run and add a few minutes each time out until you reach their particular exercise set point.

Play Date at the Dog Park

For socially-adept petite pups, some of the best exercise comes in the form of a play date with a companion similar in stature and stamina. Chasing a small friend around the dog park is hard work, but, someone's got to do it. Let your pup enjoy 15 to 30 minutes of exercise time under your watchful supervision with ample time for water and potty breaks.

Agility Course Run

Small and smart dogs love a challenge and love to please. Testing their agility can go a long way in satisfying their competitive drive and provide a wonderful outlet for exercise. Specialized small-dog agility courses with shorter lengths and height-adjusted obstacles can work wonders in keeping your little dog's svelte figure in check.

Your Time

Here's a news flash – large or small, the exercise your dog will enjoy most is the one they do with you. Anything that involves movement goes. I can spend half an hour pushing my feisty little pug away from me across the tile floor – just so she can run back and be pushed away again. She'll play tug-of-war with an old sock until I give up. It really doesn't matter what game I invent, she loves every minute of the action as long as I'm involved. Just find a game your pup enjoys and play it on a regular basis for the easiest way to bond and exercise with your small dog.

No matter the activity, small dogs are best exercised with activities that fit their size and capacity. After that, it's just a matter of finding a routine that you'll both enjoy to keep it fun and beneficial.

Content by Terry Mulligan.

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    • lisa
    • January 29, 2013

    Ah wow i cried ! what a beautiful dog rosie is !

    • Eyre Boleyn
    • January 18, 2013

    I have a shit tzu and he can run for hours. He is just full of energy and excitement.

    • Hapesky
    • January 17, 2013

    Well you can push thumbs down accidentally and there is also mentally handicapped people in youtube. I gave thumbs up!

    • GabsFantasyxXiaou
    • January 17, 2013

    Eldad I want to be able to donate at least 10.00 per month. Although i’m only a child my parents still give me and my brother allowance. Unlike my brother I would like to spend my savings on this awesome organization. but I was wondering how many months “The Guardian” or “The Hero” option was for. A whole year? Or do I chose.Like so he can see please. c’:

    • tadaaaaaaaaa
    • January 17, 2013

    thats probably the first time she slept with both eyes closed since she gave birth!! love you guys !!!

    • beautty80
    • January 17, 2013

    i don’t understand how some people can thumbs down on videos like this? Are they just heartless? or perhaps losers.. lol.. i gave AMAZING thumbs up for the another incredible rescue by Eldad.

    • husika37
    • January 17, 2013

    This was an amazing video! Put tears to my eyes. You are very brave though. I am nervous when I approach a homeless animal in fear they bite 🙁

    • Hailyn Salcedo
    • January 17, 2013

    man you are an angel. i love what yo are doing and i will help you in someway thanks

    • gabi k
    • January 17, 2013

    Eldad is one of the most Compassionate & Educated/Intelligent people i have ever met He is actually an “Angel’ in human form – The role/care/SACRIFICE/love he gives animals not only in California, but everywhere, is beyond ‘words’! I watch EVERY rescue he posts – he inspires & lifts our spirit & creates HOPE for humanity!

    • spaztickolon
    • January 17, 2013

    How are the babies?

    • Michelle Wernig
    • January 17, 2013

    Please provide an update.

    • LauraRB43
    • January 17, 2013

    The puppies are doing well and they are adorable. You can see photos of them on the Facebook page ‘S.T.A.R.T Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team.’ That’s the full name of the page. They are too cute. 🙂

    • LauraRB43
    • January 17, 2013

    BTW, they were asking to help with names for the furbabbies. 🙂

    • Twirretwarre
    • January 17, 2013

    This was just wonderful! And you did this with so much love towards Rosie, she trusted you completely, and understood your message! 🙂
    I hope all of them do well now?

    • poni911
    • January 17, 2013

    Such a moving story! Can you please change the settings so that the video can be viewed on mobile devices? 🙂

    • 510235
    • January 16, 2013

    amazing job!

    • Noelia Murphy
    • January 16, 2013

    Not sure who’s more amazing, Rosie or Eldad. Such a wonderful story.

    • Barbra Tin
    • January 16, 2013

    felt a little worried after watching this video because some people in some country they still like to EAT dogs, I hope they’ll never find out this way to catch dogs…..sigh…..although this is what a amazing work that Eldad is doing……

    • Lynn Estes
    • January 16, 2013


    • upmezzi
    • January 16, 2013

    I can’t believe she wasn’t aggressive or scared. She lets you go to see puppies and lets you help her. Can it be true? But the other hand, I don’t believe this video is fake. Such a beautiful story. Thank you. (Sorry my bad English)

    • KidComedyProdutions
    • January 16, 2013

    aaw so sweet hope rosies and her pups are safe again

    • Megan Fryman
    • January 16, 2013

    This is AMAZING!!! What a beautiful story

    • Rúben Duarte
    • January 16, 2013

    You have the biggest LIKE I have ever given someone, it’s not everyone that would risk to go after a stray pregnant dog and look for her babies..

    just amazing

    • flockzap
    • January 16, 2013

    I love dog´s myself. I raised two stray dogs. I really don´t understand people buying dogs. These here are the most grateful friends and companions one can possibly have. Love your work. Thanks for making this beautiful creature happy.

    • Pedro Matos
    • January 16, 2013

    I love dogs too, I had them all my life and all of them (except one) were rescued (I currently have 5). I can understand people buying dogs too, if they really like one specif breed. Speaking for myself I would love to have one breed called “Serra da Estrela”, Unfortunatly people are always abandoning their dogs around here, and if I can i have to adopt them so I didnt have the chance to do it yet… Stray or pure breed they all desearve a chance 🙂

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