When people hear the name Olde English Bulldogge they often confuse this breed with the English Bulldog. The short, stubby, flat faced Bulldog that is famous around the world. The Olde English Bulldogge is an entirely different breed. A relatively new dog bred to have a healthier and more athletic build.
So do Olde English Bulldogges need a lot of exercise? As a whole the Olde English Bulldogge needs a moderate amount of exercise each day. Depending on their age Olde English Bulldogges will need 40-60 minutes of daily exercise to keep them healthy and content.
I came across my first Olde English Bulldogge only a few short years ago. Though they share a similar name to their cousin the English Bulldog, they are a much healthier, active, taller breed of dog. They possess very similar traits, but do require more exercise.
In this post I will cover some ways you can exercise your Olde English Bulldogge to ensure they are a happy, well balanced, and healthy dog for years to come. Let’s dig in!
Ways To Exercise Your Olde English Bulldogge
Exercise for your Olde English Bulldogge is one of the most important aspects of dog ownership. Raising a well balanced, healthy, well behaved dog requires a daily exercise routine. Though the Olde English Bulldogge only requires a moderate amount of activity it is vital you provide both physical and mental exercise each day.
Here are some of the best ways to exercise your Olde English Bulldogge. I incorporate all of these with my Bully breed dogs to maintain a good variety of physical activity and mental stimulation.
Walk & Hiking
Walking your Olde English Bulldogge is the first and most obvious way to give them exercise. You should be walking your Olde English Bulldogge as often as 2-3 times per day for 15-20 minutes.
Olde English Bulldogs can go on long walks of 45-60 minutes when they are younger and full of energy. From the age of about 9 months long walks with your Olde English Bulldogge should be considered to help them release their adolescent energy.
Long, strenuous walks should be avoided with Olde English Bulldogge puppies. Although they have a lot of energy at this age, pushing them to walk too far can hurt them in the long run. Excess exercise at this age can be hard on their developing bones and joints.
10-20 walks, with some time for casual sniffing and exploration is recommended for puppies. Senior Olde English Bulldogges should also have reduced walk times based on their fitness level. Exercise is important at all ages, but never push your Olde English Bulldogge too hard during exercise.
Hiking is a great activity to do with your Olde English Bulldogge. A beautiful walk in nature can be great for the health and soul of you and your dog. Some of the best bonding times I have ever had with my dogs have been on our hikes. Especially when you are in an off leash area and your dog has great recall skills.
Steep, rough, or dangerous terrain should be avoided on hikes. Keeping your Olde English Bulldogge safe is a top priority. Hikes that are full of uneven ground, steep inclines, and sketchy cliffside can injure your dog. Keep hiking activities moderate, safe, and within your dog’s limits.
Can You Run With An Olde English Bulldogge?
As a general rule short, moderate paced runs are okay for Olde English Bulldogges, but not an ideal form of exercise. Running can be hard on your dogs joints, and long distance running can be too much for Olde English Bulldogges. Moderate paced activities of walking and hiking are better.
Give your Olde English Bulldogge the opportunity to go on playdates. Spending time running, jumping, wrestling, and chasing other dogs is great exercise for your Olde English Bulldogge. It is also a key component in their socialization and development. Dogs learn a lot from other dogs, so playdates should be a regular thing.
Dog parks can be a good option if it is a safe and clean environment. Always use your best judgement before going into a dog park. They can often be chaotic and overwhelming for some dogs. Unattentive owners, and out of control dogs can make the experience unpleasant or at times even dangerous.
I much prefer setting up playdates with dogs in my neighborhood and circle of friends. Whether that is in a backyard, large field that allows dogs, or some other less crowded space for my dogs to run and play.
Once your Olde English Bulldogge reaches the age of 9-12 months, and has fully matured, agility is a great way to exercise. Not only does agility provide a tremendous amount of fun physical exercise, it is great mental exercise as well.
Agility requires your Olde English Bulldogge to think, maneuver and respond to your commands in a fun filled environment. This combination of physical activity and mental stimulation will leave your Olde English Bulldogge happy, well balanced, and pretty tired.
Fetch & Tug of War
Another great way to combine both physical and mental exercise is through games like Fetch and Tug of War. My dogs love playing these games. It’s a fantastic way to connect and play with your dog while giving them that physical exercise they need, and the mental challenge they crave.
Keep the games fun and under control. Many dogs can get obsessive about fetch and tug of war, so it is important that you’re always in control. Also avoid pushing your Olde English Bulldogge too hard. Throwing the ball too far, for too long can lead to exhaustion and injury.
The same rules apply for Tug of War. Keep it fun and active, but never allow things to get too rough. Practice the drop command and have that mastered during this game. It is important that your dog understands when it is okay to tug and when it’s time to release the toy or rope.
Mental stimulation is often overlooked when it comes to exercise for dogs. Trick and obedience training sessions can release a ton of energy in your dog. I always recommend a daily training session of 15-20 minutes maximum to ensure your dog remains engaged.
As part of my daily routine with my dogs I always incorporate some training time. This not only helps them develop obedience, but mentally exhausts them. Training sessions can prevent bored and destructive behaviors from developing, so work them into a routine each day.
Nose games such as sniff and search are fun and rewarding for dogs. Hiding some of your Olde English Bulldogges favorite treats and toys throughout the yard or house, and having them search them out is great mental enrichment.
These games fully engage your Olde English Bulldogges senses, and provide a great amount of mental challenge. Nose games are fun, rewarding, and most of all, tiring mental exercise for your dog.
Food puzzles are one of my go to exercise activities during the day when I can’t dedicate some one on one time with my dogs. Kongs, Outward Hound Treat Puzzles, Snuffle Mats, and other various toys are a great way to keep your dog occupied, challenged, and happy.
I use food puzzles almost everyday as a supplementary exercise and treat for my dogs. Food puzzles can never replace a good walk and training session. They are important parts of your dog’s routine however.
Time spent working on challenging food puzzles provides great mental exercise. These allow you to go about your household chores and obligations uninterrupted for a few minutes. My dogs love their daily food puzzle, and are often tired and content after working on one.
There are many options available to keep your Olde English Bulldogge well exercised. They are fairly low maintenance dogs when it comes to their exercise needs. Especially compared to some of their other Bully breed cousins.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a good daily routine in place to give your Olde English Bulldogge the exercise they need. Physical as well as mental stimulation is an important part of your dog’s daily life.
Have fun, get creative, and spend time bonding with your dog. Not only will these various activities keep your dog happy and healthy, the time spent doing them with your dog will also keep you happy and healthy.
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