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Old 10-18-2007, 06:28 AM   #1
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Default How far to walk 12 week old tiny pup?

Hello, my puppy recently had her final vaccination so I am looking forward to getting her out on her very first walks.

My query is, how far (or for how long) is reasonable for her to start with? She'll be 12 weeks old and has been well socialised, but she's still very small (she's a Patterdale pup), so naturally I don't want to over-do things while she's still growing.

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Old 10-18-2007, 06:33 AM   #2
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Wait until she has had all her vaccinations then she should be right to walk as far as she can, she will let you know when she is puffed out or when she has had enough walking for one day.

Do you have more pics? She looks lovely.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:08 AM   #3
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Hi CurlySue,
There are those who believe that puppies can be "overwalked." This even goes for breeds that are fairly large and robust, like Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
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Most Breeders and many Veterinarians agree that there is great danger in over exercising or walking your puppy while his bones are going through their main growth stage. The distances that seem appropriate and the natural inclination of most people are way to much.

From 3 to 6 Months of age we recommend only walking your puppy around a normal suburban block 1/2Km maximum between the ages of 3 to 6 months.
source: http://www.ridgebacks.com.au/Bringin...py.htm#walking

I admit we walked Zircon far more than that when he was four-six months old, and I hope that no ill effects are seen as he gets older.
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You can overwalk a puppy so i would be very careful!.By overwalking a dog,you can cause Hip & elbow dysplegia.
I would say no more than 15mns at a time and than add 5mns per Month!.That's what i was told to do with my hovawart.No intense walking,just lingering around,off the leash would probably be the best.
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As said she needs another shot till she is up to a Rabi shot here and she is very young. I would only play to tire her out, not walk yet. There are many diseases for young ones to pick up from adults left on walks, grass etc. Just play with her in the yard you have and wait, one shot is not enough to protect her yet.
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I wouldn't do more than 20 minutes at a time
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Thanks everyone.......here in the UK they only have two vaccs, the first at 8 weeks and the 2nd at 10 weeks. The vets then recommend waiting 2 weeks before taking them onto any real "doggy" areas (parks, popular walking areas etc).

According to our vet, they are fine to be socialised with a handful of innoculated dogs, can roam within your own garden (yard?), and the risk is considered minimal on any small areas not frequented by 100's of dogs.

There is little or no stray population here, and the majority of local dogs are innoculated - so we are simply advised to be sensible about exposure until a fortnight after the final 10 week vacc.

I am extremely lucky to live in the middle of nowehere, amidst miles of fields, surrounded by footpaths which are used by maybe 2 or 3 dogwalkers from the local community. So I might start by taking her for a 15 minute "ramble" off lead along one of these quiet paths. She is already galloping around off lead at my husbands work - a MASSIVE private "yard" of 40 acres! We can't wear her out!

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Hi CurlySue
Good luck wearing her out! I think that will only get harder as she gets older! If yu don;t mind me giving you some unasked for advice, it sounds like you have some excellent roaming room for her where you live. If you let her off-leash now and she is having a grand time running around, you might run into problems later on when you want her to return to you. Assuming you plan on letting her have her run of those delicious 40 acres, you might want to start training recall now on-leash so that it will be solid when she is an adult dog.
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I've always heard the standard "rule" is 10 minutes for every month of age. Pups tire out quickly & they'll usually let you know when they're tired out.
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