Exercise 1

Exercise can really make the difference in successfully getting through the first two to
three years of a Bloodhound’s life. Yes! They need a lot of exercise and most fall into the
medium to high activity energy level.

Exercise needs to be age and development stage appropriate, i.e. little puppy (8 weeks – 4 months),
growing puppy ( 4 months to 8 months – greatest height & length growth), teenager
( 8 months to 1.5/2 years), young adult (1.5/2 years – 3/4 years), mature adult
(3/4 years to 7 years), senior hound (7+ years).

Some ages are noted by slash marks and this is because the females tend to mature a bit
earlier than the males. Bloodhound puppies put on 3-5 pounds a week, so don’t overdo with heavy
pounding exercise on asphalt/concrete and hard surfaces during the little puppy, growing puppy, and
teenage stages. Instead choose grassy, barked/mulched walking trails or areas for walks. Play with
other dogs is healthy, but be aware that most Bloodhounds have no concept of their size or strength
around small dogs or toddlers, so monitor play. In a Bloodhound puppy’s mind, what you allow him/her
to do at 4 months (35-45 lbs), he/she will expect to do at 8 months (75-95 lbs), and into adulthood
(100+ lbs), so be careful what you are teaching.

Keep in mind that this breed is “little” for a very few short months of their life, but an extra large dog for
10+ years. Imagine the behavior that you will want in an adult Bloodhound, and set yourself up for
success in the beginning months by training, and everyone in the family reinforcing those desired
behaviors from the start. No one can do “pitiful” like a Bloodhound puppy, but stay strong and resolved,
preparing for the adult years to come, because honestly, it is easier to correct a 4 month old weapon of
mass destruction, then an adult Bloodhound time bomb who has learned to be boss.
Exercise will be your friend especially in the early years, which are the most challenging to get through.

Exercise will be your friend especially in the early years, which are the most challenging to get through.
If you cannot make this 2 to 3 year commitment, then please consider anolder hound who will still need
exercise, but not to the extent of ayounger one. A bored Bloodhound isnot good, so remember the mantra, “ a
pooped Bloodhound equals a happyowner!”

Exercise 2

Exercise 2

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