Cockapoos are wonderful, charming and very energetic dogs, however, you may be wondering how much exercise Cockapoo’s need in order to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. This could be because you already own a Cockapoo and feel that they aren’t walked enough, or too much, or you are looking to welcome a Cockapoo to your home.
As with any dog, it’s important that your dog receives regular excise and stimulus to ensure they maintain a healthy weight, keep them fit, keep them happy and keep them mentally engaged. A dog that doesn’t go out often will get bored, put on weight and won’t have a healthy outlook or positive mental well being. This isn’t good for either party, as the dog will start to miss behave due to boredom, so you need to ensure you exercise your Cockapoo as much as possible.
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How much exercise does my Adult Cockapoo need?
As a rule of thumb, you should ensure that you exercise your Cockapoo between 30 and 60 minutes per day. This could include walks around your local park, playtime by playing ball, mental stimulation, swimming, dog sports, or taking them with your while you cycle (they will run alongside you of course!).
The time needed will vary depending on the size of your Cockapoo, their age, any present health conditions and their overall fitness level. We recommend speaking to your vet about a suitable time period for your dog, as every dog is different, however, generally speaking, they require between 30 and 60 minutes per day.
The Cockapoo is a crossbreed between two super active and intelligent dogs – this includes the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel, and both of these dogs are super energetic and require lots of mental stimulation and exercise every day. However, the Cockapoo doesn’t have as much energy as both of these breeds, so you should aim to exercise your Cockapoo between 30 and 60 minutes per day. A Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, both require at least one hour of exercise a day, so the Cockapoo requirements fit nicely in between both.
If you aren’t currently meeting the above requirements, you should look to readjust to this pattern where possible, as you Cockapoo may start to gain weight and they won’t be happy!
How much exercise does my Cockapoo puppy need?
Generally speaking, Cockapoo puppies will need five minutes of exercise for every month they are alive, this means that if you have a 5 month-old Cockapoo, you should aim for at least 25 minutes of exercise. An 8-month Cockapoo will require 40 minutes of exercise.
Once the Cockapoo reaches one year, you can take them for long walks, whether that’s in one walk or across multiple walks, i.e. 30 minutes twice a day. You shouldn’t overwalk your Cockapoo as this could result in sore muscles, joint injury and sickness.
Before walking your puppy, ensure that they are properly vaccinated before exposing them to the wonders of the outside world, otherwise, they are at risk of catching a disease and becoming sick. Speak to your vet about a vaccination programme for your puppy.
How can I exercise my Cockapoo?
There are various activities to help exercise your Cockapoo, it’s always best to alternate between activities so your Cockapoo can enjoy themselves and get as much fun as they can out of the activities. Some activities will help stimulate their brains and keep them engaged as much as possible.
Below are some fun ways you can exercise your Cockapoo:
- Taking them on long walks
- Running or jogging
- Playing a game, such as fetch!
- Tug of war with their favourite toy
- Finding the treat
- Running up and down the stairs
- Take them to your local park
- Socialising and running around with other dogs
- Agility classes
Is one walk a day enough for an Adult Cockapoo?
Cockapoos are super energetic dogs and you should always aim to take them for a walk at least once a day, however, you could take them on smaller walks multiple times a day if you prefer. But yes, one walk of a dog is enough for a Cockapoo, assuming it’s between at least 30 and 60 minutes.
How much exercise does a 3-month puppy Cockapoo need?
It’s important to note over walk your puppy, as this could result in injury, however, you should aim to walk your 3-month-old puppy for at least 15 minutes per day.
As a rule of thumb, puppies require 5 minutes of exercise for every month added to their age. So, for a 3-month puppy, this will be 15 minutes of exercise per day.
Can you take a Cockapoo hiking?
Yes, you can take a Cockapoo hiking, however, you should hold off taking your Cockapoo hiking until they are at least 12 months old. This is because their bones and joints will be fully developed by the time, if you take them on big walks that may exceed the 60-minute recommendation, you risk causing bone and joint injury.
Make sure you stop and take plenty of breaks and don’t forget the water, dog food and treats!
Can you run with a Cockapoo?
Yes, you can run with a Cockapoo. Cockapoos are a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel, two super energetic and very active dogs with lots of stamina. Cockapoos will be excellent jogging partners, but make sure you stop and take plenty of breaks so your dog can rest and regenerate for the next run