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How long to walk a puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Bexy, May 17, 2010.


  1. Bexy

    Bexy PetForums Senior

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    So saturday is the big day when trigger can go his first walk, he will be 13 weeks just about and as you can see he is a boxer.

    The question is how often and for how long can I walk him with him still being a little un:confused:

    I asked the vet but he didn't really give me specifics.

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

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    I think the rule is 5 minutes per month of age so only 10 minutes really at a time.

    I just start mine off with a walk round our block which is a small circle, takes about 15 minutes but strolling and investigating rather than power walking or anything, i do this just once a day for a start and build it up.

    Enjoy your first walk together. :thumbup:
     
  3. Bexy

    Bexy PetForums Senior

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    Thanks, a gentle stroll it is then.

    Reckon I could do a mini walk in the woods at the end of my street which will take 10-15 depending how much sniffing is going:D

    Whilst I have loved the last few weeks, dog walking is what I love about dog ownership so reckon I will enjoy it more than Trigger!
     
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    katiefranke PetForums VIP

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    There is the 5 min rule thing - and I always did the 5 mins twice a day (rather than only once a day) for every month of their age.

    But this was only for road walking. Then I would also play in parks/garden etc on top, but only til I can see pup looking like they need a rest and so we then had a break etc.

    I think you just need to use common sense really and whilst you should definintely not over do it, especially proper on-road lead walking, you dont need to stringently stick to the 5 mins per month of age only.

    Have fun with pup, hope you both enjoy your first walk :thumbup:
     
  5. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

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    By the way ..... we need photos of your first walk together....... well photos of anything that involve your pupster actually!! :thumbup: :D :lol: ;)
     
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    yeah def!!

    you can see he looks a right little monkey in your signature! ;)
     
  7. the melster

    the melster PetForums Senior

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    I stuck to the 5 mins rule at the beginning but it quickly became apparent that this was not enough for Bo. She has always needed quite a lot of exercise or is bouncing off the walls and uncontrolable. I think you will soon be able to judge for yourself when you see how your dog reacts.
     
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    Solo has always been a very high energy, demanding dog even when very young - so we did ask around (other dog owners, the breeder, vet, etc).

    Obviously they all said not to overdo exercise and stop before the pup gets tired, but they also pointed out that not all exercise is created equal.

    Pottering around sniffing and socialising on soft ground is gentler on them than road walking at normal human walking speed so you can keep them out a bit longer. The big things to avoid are jumping around, climbing stairs etc - activities that put the most stress on the joints.
     
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    Have you had him on coller and lead yet..........we had charli walking up & down garden yet when it came to going into the big world she had her brakes on and had to be encouraged to move lol:p

    Just remember he has alot of growing to do in a short time so wait till at least 6 months till you let him run free off lead:rolleyes:
     
  10. Bexy

    Bexy PetForums Senior

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    Thanks everybody, don't plan on doing much road walking with Trigger - only to get him used to buses, bin lorries etc. As we have massive woods on our doorstep I think we will get the most benefit from woodland walking.

    We have been practising on lead and Trigger no longer attacks it and is more than happy to walk to the car (probably cos he knows he is going to see is aunt Molly tha Llaso Apso:D). Plan to take some treats for encouragement if he does put the brakes on!

    Will defo take some pics, here are some recent ones - as you can see his tag is a little big but he will grow into it:D
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    This is bathtime which Trigger wasn't too chuffed about but if he will get creosote all over his fur:rolleyes:
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    katiefranke PetForums VIP

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    awww bless him, he is a cutie! :)
     
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    madferrit* PetForums Senior

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    aww how cute is Trigger!!!
    Think everyones already mentioned how longs best but just wanted to tell you he's gorgeous!!!!:D
     
  13. sketch

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    O never stick to the 5 min rule, I find i either let them off lead or a long line and let them investigate, free run/trot, play, frolic on the fields...
    JMO but i find that dogs need to build up the muscle mass on there rear ends, which stabalises the hip joints and gives support.
    I have met people with large breed whos pup have started clipping the rear claws etc, because they only ever lead walk them, young puppies need to build muscle. But thats just what i do, i do not however let them run upstairs, do sharp turns, and jump until they are much much older
    xx
     
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    our vet pretty much said exactly this when I asked him his view was if a dog is going to get HD they will regardless of if you walk them lots or not, he feels the only difference was that a dog walked and kept fit from an early age will have better muscle mass and better prepared to cope with hip problems later
     
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    I just let them skip and play, then bring them home, obviously i dont run them for miles etc, and i do lob a ball as far as i can etc, but i just let them play, this way they build up muscle on their back sides and have a strong gait from early on, but its just what i do, everyone is different, but luckily mine are great, good hips so far.....Dalton has even got his usual gait back from his rear leg op last october, he was bitten on his knee joint, so they operated to fix him, he runs like a skid missile again now, but built it up slowly and let him be, when he was getting tired i could tell, just common sense.
    And now he is back to pre op
    xx
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it too much just make sure he's not too tired and he's not running around like a loon or jumping and it will be fine. It's more forced onlead walking thats the problem. If you have a safe area you can have him offlead from day 1 and work on his recall which is easier at this age. He's such a cutie pie :001_wub: I love boxers.
     
  17. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    yes thats what we were told to do, we let him walk off lead as much as possible so he is walking and wandering at his own pace as he was quite a timid wee thing its heped to let him explore and play outside and become less scared of all the big scary birds (you know sparrows and such LOL)
     
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    sketch PetForums VIP

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    Aw bless.
    I let mine off lead from as soon as they finish there vacs, I teach recall from the day they come hiome, then when all the vacs are done, were good to go, jobs a good un.
    Glad your pupster is getting more confident, best thing in my opionion, let them explore ha ha
    xx
     
  19. dalpup

    dalpup PetForums Member

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    yes, buster is fab off lead, listens well to us when we call etc and as we have plans to take him out running training with us when he is fully grown its good practice :D

    I think its a good idea to think of them a bit like kids, they need time to burn off a little energy but not get so excited that they end up grumpy and too tired to sleep ;) but not so little that they start destroying the house and being a pest!
     
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    OMG!!!:eek: hes so gorgeous :thumbup:
     

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