Dogs of all shapes and sizes need to get the right amount of exercise, but smaller breeds like the Cockapoo need a little more than larger breeds. The reason for this is that they are less efficient at burning off energy or calories in general. This means that you will have to be especially mindful about making sure your dog gets enough exercise; if not, they may become overweight and could develop health problems down the line.
Activities that can tire your dog out include playing fetch, walking with an occasional jog or sprinting session mixed in every once in a while, taking them on a brisk walk around the block (or even better yet, to a nearby park), or throwing some tennis balls to them in the backyard.
What types of exercise are best for Cockapoos?
If your Cockapoo is anything like ours then they will just absolutely love to run. As soon as we let Lottie off her lead in the field where we take her for a walk, she sprints off and doesn’t stop running until it is time to go home.
If you have somewhere safe that you can take your Cockapoo and you can trust them to be off lead, then taking them somewhere where they can have a good run around is the very best exercise for them.
You could also try taking your dog with you on a bike ride or even just walking around town; that way he is getting both exercise and spending time with other people/dogs who might be able to provide social support.
How long should I exercise my Cockapoo for?
Different dogs will have different needs when it comes to how much exercise they need.
Cockapoos are relatively small breeds, which means that they need more exercise than larger breeds to stay active and healthy.
Aside from the occasional walk around the block or trip to the park with you, your Cockapoo will need at least one good long-distance run per week of about 30 minutes to stay healthy.
This will help them to be less prone to developing health problems, like obesity or even worse issues down the line.
If you have a busy schedule and are unable to take your dog on long walks every day, it is best for both of you if he has one good run per week in addition to playing fetch at home.
This will help him stay active and happy without getting too tired or anxious from being cooped up all the time.
If you are unable to take your dog for a walk very often, consider asking friends or family who may help with this or consider getting a dog walker. Cockapoos are very active breeds that generally need exercise every day so if you are unable to provide this then you may want to consider if a Cockapoo is a right dog for you.