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    Default How far do you walk with your puppy?

    Most of us with puppies will have seen the advice stating that you should not walk a puppy out for more than 5 minutes per month of its life (i.e. 1 month old walk time = 5mins; 4 month old walk time = 20 minutes) To me this seems like a fairly good guidline BUT I think it should be taken with a pinch of salt after all how can you prescribe this same amount to every dog regardless of breed, size etc.

    Sometimes if the weathers nice I like to take my pup a bit further than this (depending on how much energy he seems to have) and the other day I took my 3 and a half month old for 2 x 15 minute walks (amounting to less than 1.5 km distance in total for both) in one day. When this came up in discussion with a friend, who also owns dogs, they said they thought that this was risky and that I should stick rigidly to the advice or risk my dogs health.

    I think they are being a bit too precautionary as I have never know of any problems caused by this, but I value this friend's opinion so I thought I would put it to the forum and see what you guys think.

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    Default Re: How far do you walk with your puppy?

    Just use it as a guide line as you said depending the breed and size of dog but you certainly dont want to over exercise the dog
    i was told never take home a shattered and tired pup as youve over done it

    and i was led to believe the 5 min per age month free runnning etc,walking on lead is fine as long your sensible

    when ihad my first dog,we went everywhere or picked her up if we felt she was getting tired(couldnt do that if it was a larger breed though lol)

    if you have a big enough garden thats usually enough for a young pup but of course you want to socialise and get him/her used to sounds of traffic etc so walking out for short sessions will be fine

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    Default Re: How far do you walk with your puppy?

    Quote Originally Posted by haycroft View Post
    and i was led to believe the 5 min per age month free runnning etc,walking on lead is fine as long your sensible
    that's interesting I was told the other way around! My vet said to limit the lead walking on pavements etc, but basically free running etc was fine as long as it wasn't hours every day....

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    Quote Originally Posted by galaxy23 View Post
    that's interesting I was told the other way around! My vet said to limit the lead walking on pavements etc, but basically free running etc was fine as long as it wasn't hours every day....
    interesting
    i suppose they can do more damage if free running as you know what some pups can be like..manic, some dont know when to stop..uneven ground, trip..then a trip to the vet??

    lead walking is more controlled /they can get tired with mental simulation aswell

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    Default Re: How far do you walk with your puppy?

    Quote Originally Posted by galaxy23 View Post
    that's interesting I was told the other way around! My vet said to limit the lead walking on pavements etc, but basically free running etc was fine as long as it wasn't hours every day....
    Yep i agree with this.

    Its the repetitive forced movement on the leash and on hard surfaces that causes the joint issues.

    Free running is fine because you let it happen on softer surfaces and the pup will self regulate.

    We just had a lecture on this from one of the top canine orthopedic surgeons.
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    The stuff about free running being self regulating and keeping the lead walking on hard surfaces to a minimum seems right to me but I can't quite bring myself to belive that 5 minutes a month or an extra minute a week is anything more than a rough yard stick thanks for the posts guys.

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    Default Re: How far do you walk with your puppy?

    I was led to believe that free running's also better than lead walking because pup has to keep up and go the distance on a lead but has some choice when loose.

    I'll either take pup alone for a small walk or if with the others, go for a normal walk and pick pup up when it's tired, but I only have JRTs so appreciate that's not ideal lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willza View Post
    The stuff about free running being self regulating and keeping the lead walking on hard surfaces to a minimum seems right to me but I can't quite bring myself to belive that 5 minutes a month or an extra minute a week is anything more than a rough yard stick thanks for the posts guys.
    Of course the extra every now and then is probably not going to cause a huge problem. Its when the dog is repeatedly exercised to much.
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    My pup is just over 6 months old. She can do 45-60 mins easily, most of which is off lead and on very good surfaces (sand, soft ground on grass). She is very athletic for her age and is not puppy like in anyway, she can easily cope with her walks and never comes home knackered. but to be honest a 30 min walk would not be enough for her. She does like to have a good blast on our walks but it's not constant, she trots along for a lot of it too. I hope I am not doing too much, but I did pretty much the same with my boy when he as a pup and his hips and elbows ended up being 0/0 - They are both labs.

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    Default Re: How far do you walk with your puppy?

    I never gone by the whole minutes per age malarky, but I don't let them pound the pavements for long, literally a 10 min session through the traffic/people (socialising time) twice a day and lots a free running field play.
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