Your dog has finally reached adulthood, and this means that the time of training, adaptation, socialization and further training has (for the most part) come to a standstill.
This is the time when you can really appreciate his camaraderie, his friendship and even his help in the household (depending on his level of training). The point is that you no longer need to babysit him. It is the phase in your dog’s life when he can walk with you without a leash, watch you wash the car, maybe even hold the hose for you, or just sit quietly with you in the garden while you read a book.
However, the training should not stop just because your dog has reached adulthood. A good formula to keep your dog’s body healthy and his mind sharp throughout his adulthood is to do 3 training sessions per week. The training doesn’t have to be tedious or long. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes per session, and training can be about practicing and/or improving already learned skills.
There are several advantages to training your adult dog regularly.
- regular training keeps his mind alert and active.
- it keeps his body strong and in shape
- it serves as a refresher course for various commands and tricks he has already learned.
- it keeps him up to date on the rules you have enforced for him.
- it prevents boredom.
- it develops a great teamwork between you and him
7. And best of all, it deepens the connection that you both have with each other. If he remains active throughout the whole aspect of his life (physically, mentally, socially), he will continue to play an active role in your life, be a team player and be able to spend wonderful times together.
Physical needs of an adult dog
The physical needs of your dog reach their peak in his youthful development phase. But once he has passed the adolescence stage and reaches adulthood, his physical needs will come at a time when the amount of exercise his body needs to stay healthy will not change significantly.
As an adult dog, the amount of exercise his body needs depends on his size, breed and personality type. Continue with regular walks and occasional exercise. A ball game should also be on your list, as well as swimming if your dog enjoys being in the water. If you have a large and/or energetic dog, you may need to do more than those listed above. If you have a small and/or less active dog, you may still need to give him exercise. You just need to tame him, depending on his endurance level.