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Choosing a Dog that need little exercise

This is not a guide to dog breeds requiring no exercise at all. It simply includes dogs that are generally satisfied with less exercise than some other breeds. All dogs instinctively need and enjoy a walk with their owners. A fit dog is generally, mentally and physically, healthier. The list just gives general recommendations, as not every dog in a breed type will have the same energy levels.
Observation and instinct will tell you if your dog is restless and in obvious need of more exercise.

Some suggestions for Dog Breeds that will need minimum exercise and will be satisfied with some indoor playtime or a short daily walk in the park.

Bichon Frise -
Good natured small dogs that make excellent pets . Very attractive and distinctive with a predominately white coat and a pocket-sized appeal, they do not need particularly long walks or exercise and are just happy in big houses or small flats Good with children and other pets they make excellent gentle and loving companions.

Boston Terriers -
Small impressive looking dogs who often prefer the company of their owners to other dogs. Not demanding with a gentle demeanour. They are gentle and friendly dogs who are easily housetrained. Not requiring lots of exercise they are happy in big houses or small flats

Chihuahua -
Alert, spirited, bold little dog that is also friendly and affectionate.Devoted to owners and usually good with children and other pets Chihuahuas have strong personalities and tend to bond with one adult. Their tiny size makes them easy to handle. They are easy to train, require little grooming and they are happy in big houses or small flats A playful dog, they are not highly active liking occasional walks.

Dachshund
Available as long or short haired varieties, Small but active little dogs. Friendly with family and other pets but can become a "one man dog". Playful, friendly, brave and fearless. They need little grooming and exercise and they are happy in big houses or small flats

Maltese -
The Maltese is a tiny, docile breed that is extremely affectionate and loves to be pampered it is among the gentlest mannered of all little dogs, and its trust and responsiveness are appealing Easy to train, they love to play fetch and learn tricks. They do not shed but require regular brushing to keep their coats from matting. Like other non-shedding dogs, they are a good choice for allergy sufferers. A good pet in limited accommodation, the Maltese's exercise needs are minimal

Pinscher (Miniature)
Feisty, independent, brave, curious dogs that are constantly busy, Intelligent and easy to train, a good family dog easy to train and good with children and other animals they are dogs that don't need much exercise

Papillon -
A small pretty and lively dog ideal as a companion or as a loving easily socialised dog for families Its beautiful coat is prone to frequent shedding and needs to be combed at least daily. These dogs make wonderful lapdogs, and they are relatively quiet, compared to other small breeds.The breed is also relatively hardy. These little dogs require very little in the way of exercise.

Pekingese -
Small affectionate little dogs with long silky coats and a shortened pug like face. They are affectionate but have independent personalities. Pekingese usually get along well with other dogs and people, but may be wary of strangers. They need regular grooming but require little exercise.

Pomeranian -
These vivacious, extrovert little dogs will bring a smile to any face, although sometimes they can be noisy. They just love to snuggle up and nap in a person's lap. They usually prefer adults to children and get along well with other pets. They are intelligent, feisty dogs and have a low need for exercise. Despite having fluffy coats they do not need much grooming.

Poodle (Toy)
Good natured, affectionate and dependable dogs full of spirit but responsive. Highly intelligent making the easy to train. great family pets, good with children and other animals they are dogs that don't need much daily exercise

Pug -
A small dog that is sociable, homely, companionable and friendly , their playful and clownish nature makes them ideal family pets.
Not overly intelligent which means patience is required when training..Has a low exercise requirement but can be high-energy dogs that love to cuddle. Can shed quite a bit which might require regular grooming.Pugs are a breed that do not require tons of daily exercise or grooming.

Yorkshire Terrier -
Small but feisty, tenacious and courageous.
Popular dogs that are intelligent and easy to train, learning commands quickly .They love human companionship without being too clingy Good with children and strangers thet are dogs that don't need much walking
Very affectionate and loyal. Their long coat can be trimmed to a shorter length for ease of maintenance. They do not shed and are good low-allergy dogs.

 




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Finding a Suitable Dog Trainer

We all want our dog to be a good and safe pet, this normally requires adequate training.
All dogs will require some level of training, puppies and adults.
Whenever our dogs spend with us they are learning, and not always the right things. Not all of us have the time or expertise to train our dogs adequately so more and more people are seeking the help of a professional dog trainer. This can take a bit of research, but it will be time well spent to make the right choice.

Some tips on how to find a Good Dog Trainer:-

  • Recommendations from a friend, neighbour, groomer, boarding kennel, veterinarian, rescue groups can be helpful. Try asking dog owners with well-behaved dogs who they trained with.
  • The membership of a trainer in a dog trainer association does not necessarily qualifies them as a suitable instructor, so check out what their membership involves and does it meet your expectations.
  • Try to find someone who has experience with a wide variety of dogs (all ages and breeds) and keeps up-to-date with new training theories and methods.
  • Ask how long have they been training dogs
  • Do they deal with a serious behavior problem, such as aggression.
  • Establish what training methods they use how many years of experience the dog trainer has.
  • Find someone you are comfortable with.

Try to visit at first without your dog:- (good trainers should not find that a problem)

  • Do the dogs appear to be enjoying the experience
  • What method of training do they use ( trainers should never use physical punishment) – look for reward-based training methods with food, play or toys
  • Make sure the training class type is suitable for your pet, Puppy, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.
  • Class size should be manageable (the APDT (UK) recommends no more than 8 puppies in a class with an instructor and 1 assistant.)
  • Does the class appear to be safely under control
  • The dogs should appear cheerful, ears and tails up, eyes bright and generally interested. Be wary if dogs are cowering, have their tail between their legs, or do not make eye contact.
  • The class should be calm and quiet. Lots of shouting or barking indicates high stress levels.
  • There should be vaccine requirements for the dogs, and bringing sick dogs to class discouraged

 

Training your dog is part of responsible dog ownership
Positive training enhances the bond between dog and owner
and helps ensure that your dog will happily respond to your instructions.



The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK (APDT) accredits dog trainers with the right knowledge and skills to train your dog.

 
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Featured Dog Breed - Golden Retriever

A working dog which ,as it name suggests, was bred as a retriever of game. As a popular family pet it is affectionate, active, playful and fond of people. They are good with children and other pets.
Active and playful, enjoys swimming.



Dog Group - Kennel Club: Gundog
Coat: Flat or wavy with a dense water-resisting undercoat. 
Grooming: Moderate grooming required
Average Height: 52-62 cms. 20-24 ins.
Average Weight: 27-37 kgs. 60-82lbs.
Colour: Can be any shade of cream or gold
Temperament: Kind nature not aggressive, intelligent 
Exercise:  Lots
Average Lifespan:  12-13 yrs.


Read much more about Golden Retrievers in one of these excellent books.....




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Some Useful Information Sites and Contacts.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
http://www.battersea.org.uk/

The Kennel Club
http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/

The Dogs Trust
http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

The Blue Cross
http://www.bluecross.org.uk/

Association of Pet Dog Trainers
http://www.apdt.com/


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Visit some of our pages containing lots of relevant information for dog owners or those about to get a puppy or dog

Choosing a dog to suit your lifestyle
What Dog Breed should I choose
Training Tips for Dogs.
Dogs and car travel
Child friendly dogs
Socialising your pet dog
Best dogs for families with babies
Child friendly small dogs
Popular dog breeds
Dog Training Books
Breed Groups
Breed Sizes
Intelligent Dog Breeds
 
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