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Old 08-28-2007, 08:33 AM   #1
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I am trying to find out how long you are recommended to walk a puppy, ive tried typing it into the search engines to no avail and would really like some advice.

With our first boy dog Bailey we walked him for about 40 mins a day, this is off lead (he has been trained) on an enclosed field with lots of running around chasing each other etc. When we took him to be hand stripped back to the breeder, she berated us for walking to much and said this was the reason why he hadnt developed enough in size, said that if they put all their energy into excercise then they wouldnt have any left to grow. So at this point we cut it down as we were worried, we went to 20 mins a day or 40 mins every other day. And to be fair he did have a good growth spurt, I would say hes still fairly small for his breed (cocker spaneil) but nothing unusual. Now I dont know if this was just timing (him growing from 5 to 7 months) or because we cut the walks down.

When he was 6 months we got Amber a female cocker and from 8 weeks to 3 months old she had the same walks as Bailey. The thing is, I dont know if its because shes female or a solid cocker but she has so much more energy and she just likes to run and run, so ive started taking them both out to the fields off lead for 45 mins to an hour a day as I feel its so unfair keeping the walk short when they dont get out otherwise. However now im feeling guilty that im going to stunt her growth, she is smaller than Bailey was at her age but I suspect thats because shes a female, but I dont want to stop her growing as big as she can.

So I guess what im asking is how long is appropriate for a 41/2 month old very active girl puppy and an 8 month old puppy (who by the way is going to get neutered on Fri and who is a bit on the tubby side now so I think definitely needs the longer walks) to go out for this long? When they both reach the age of one we will be taking them farther afield for bigger runs on the weekend, but is this ok for now or should i be doing more/less?

What do you all think?

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Old 08-28-2007, 10:40 AM   #2
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I think it's basicially you add 5mins walking time each month as the dog gets older... so for a 4month old pup, he should get no more than 20 mins walking a day...at 5 months, 25 mins, 6 = 30mins and so on... this can be on lead, off lead or some basic training

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5 minutes for every month they are old - but this only applies to forced exercise, like walking on a leash. Running and playing around is okay because the pup is able to stop and rest if need be.
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I think 15 to 20 minutes for a small puppy but as they get older it would depend on the breed of dog. High energy dogs like the hunting breeds probably 30 minutes a day or more, or you can tire them out with a game of ball and frisbee.

I use to take Zephyr on a 3 mile jaunt when he was about 6 months old and then toss a frisbee and ball. He would go home and nap for about an hour and be ready for more an hour later. He was the reason I got Odin, they could wear each other out playing :-)

Fortunately neither Odin or Cadence have as high energy as Zephyr did. I can take Cadence out for a game of frisbee for 15-20 minutes and she's nice and tired after.

At 12 Odin doesn't require much exercise a good brisk walk for 15-20 minutes a couple of times a day is plenty for him.

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My standard time rule is 10 minutes for every month of age spread throughout the day for "forced" or "encouraged" exercise. Whatever the pup does of its own accord is fine on top of that as long as there isn't so much temptation that the pup won't slow down & rest.
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I have 3 books written by Dr Ian Billinghurst, an Australian vet who advocates natural feeding of dogs & cats with raw meaty bones. He says that the only exercise puppies need is play & chomping on large meaty bones (under supervision). Too much forced exercise is no good for growing bones & joints especially in the giant breeds.
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Running free and playing on their own is just the same as if they were romping and playing in their own backyard. The only difference is that they get to expand their horizons and explore new sights and sounds.

Most puppies will limit themselves and flop down for a rest when they get tired. When that happens stop for the day. As long as they don't overdo enough to overheat, become dehydrated or make themselves sore I'd let them continue their adventures.

As far as your breeders claims that exercise interfered with their growth--that's ridiculous! You're correct in assuming that the later development was a natural growth spurt. Even littermates don't always develop at the same rate...
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good info for me

I walk everyday and a few times a day when I don't work the next .


I am going to bring my puppy with me and use a carry when she tires or I feel it's time . Wouldn't be fair to the pup not to include her , but going the distances we go I know a pup isn't ready for that . Now daddy can carry her and she will still be able to see the world with us

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I have a 4 month old scotch collie pup, that i take on 2 walks morn and evening around 20 mins each every day, and he seems fine...I hope theres nothing wrong with that...he doesnt sit in a cage all day either, he romps around playing and sleeping throughout the day, and sleeps like a baby at night

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As far as your breeders claims that exercise interfered with their growth--that's ridiculous!
I agree! I also think that limiting exercise too much is every bit as detrimental as overly excercising.
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