Exercise Regimen for a Chinese Shar-Pei Puppy
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How Much Exercise Does a Chinese Shar-Pei Need to Stay Healthy?
Along with their world famous wrinkles, the Chinese Shar-Pei has a wonderful temperament and needs more exercise than you might think. At a minimum, a daily walk is recommended. There are only two real cautions regarding walks:
- Chinese Shar-Pei puppies can be sensitive to heat. Therefore, in the middle of summer, avoid taking your walk during the hottest time of day. Early morning or late afternoon would be a better choice.
- Teach your Chinese Shar-Pei puppy to walk at the heel while on a leash. They have a definite tendency to want to be the leader of their pack, which, if you allow it, often causes behavior problems in the future. Your little wrinkled guy will be just as happy being a member of your household pack and you will be much more pleased with this behavior.
Examining Chinese Shar-Pei puppies for sale should involve qualifying a breeder and finding one that cares about their breed. The extreme rise in popularity of Shar-Peis during the 1980s generated some over-breeding. This, in turn, gave rise to some heredity health conditions that can often be avoided by choosing the right breeder – and getting information on the sire and dam as well.
Early socialization is important for exercise and other reasons. A Chinese Shar-Pei will become a well adjusted dog with both children and adult family members if socialized early. If this is not done, your puppy may become totally devoted to you, but he/she may become a bit standoffish with other family members. Socialization allows other family members to actively participate in the exercise needs of your Chinese Shar-Pei so this important responsibility is shared.