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Puppy walks

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by PN1892, Jan 8, 2021.


  1. PN1892

    PN1892 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello. Having lost my JRT aged 16 in July, I now have a beautiful 5 month old JRT.

    currently taking him on 3 x 20 minute walks a day. Wondering if others think that's too much given his age. Personally I think he needs more
     
  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Hi.

    Small dogs mature much quicker than large dogs and have far less issues with joints.
    Personally I'd be starting to up the exercise, if you feel he needs it.
    A little warning though, the more you give, the more they want & expect ;):D
     
  3. PN1892

    PN1892 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks, he defo needs more
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Well, it depends. Despite being a small breed, 5 months is still pretty young.

    Are your walks on or off lead? I would increase off lead walks, but I'd still be wary about doing more than you already are if he's on lead.

    If you feel he needs 'more', what are you doing in terms of training and mental stimulation? That will tire a dog out a lot more than walking.
     
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    Cheers. We do about 20 minutes training a day, mainly find at the minute
    .One walk is off lead playing fetch
     
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    Fetch isn't great for young dogs - it's repetitive, and often involves twisting or quick stops, all of which put extra impact on their growing joints. More time where you puppy is off lead, going at their own pace is good, less time on the lead (again, that's repetitive, 'forced' movement) or playing fetch.

    There's loads of fun tricks and commands you can teach, in addition to the usual puppy stuff, and mental stimulation particularly sniffing games are good.
     
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