Whether large or small, Bernedoodle exercise requirements aren't too extensive. The Mini and Tiny variations are normally pretty lively, and will fulfill much their daily activity needs just running around being their friendly little selves. While not as active, Standard Bernedoodles are quite enthusiastic, and will usually be up for a walk or game of fetch anytime their owners are.
Adult Bernedoodles, depending on their size, age, and overall activity level, will need about 45 minutes of proper exercise each day. You can start exercising your Bernedoodle pup at three months of age by taking it on short (5- to 10-minute) walks, then increasing the walks' length and frequency as the puppy grows.
A few things to consider when exercising your Bernedoodle: first, puppies younger than nine months old shouldn't participate in activities that include a lot of jumping, running, and navigating of stairs, as doing so can injure their still-developing joints and bones. And regardless of age, it's best to use a leash when you and your Bernedoodle are in public. These dogs have a fair prey drive, plus they're very social and curious--so they may tend to run off to explore interesting critters, people, and other pets if they have the chance. A leash will help minimize this tendency when you're out and about. Finally, Bernedoodles are extremely people-oriented, and will respond better to activities in which one or more of their human family members also participate. (Simply putting your Bernedoodle out to play alone in the yard, in other words, probably won't do any good; the dog will likely be miserable, and will spend its time barking and scratching at the door to be let back in!) Exercises you perform together are much better.
Precautions aside, it's good to exercise your Bernedoodle every single day. If bored or restless (and left alone), a Bernedoodle will become disobedient, fussy, and especially in the case of the Standard variants, quite destructive. Consistent exercise will be great for the dog's peace of mind--and for your own as well. A few exercise ideas:
- Walking: Two 15- to 20-minute walks per day is a good target
- Fetch: Can be played indoors or out
- Hide-and-Seek: Great rainy-day, indoor activity; give the dog a treat when it finds you
- Dog Park: Bernedoodles normally enjoy the company of other dogs
- Hiking: Great bonding activity; bonus if you find a remote location where the dog can be off-leash
When indoors, it's a good idea to give your Bernedoodle access to one or more balls or toys that will allow the dog to burn any excess energy. It's also recommended that you establish a regular exercise schedule for the dog, such as walks after breakfast and dinner and a play period in the afternoon.