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Old 11-11-2007, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default Walking - how much is too much?

Hello, I'm sorry but I have yet another puppy related question! I never realised how much I had to learn until Scampy became part of our family!

Scampy is a 12 week old Labrador Retriever. We currently walk her once a day for about 3/4 of a mile (about 1.3km I think that is). At Scampy's pace this takes about 30 minutes.

Is this too much? We are concerned that people say not to exercise too much because of the joints in large breed puppies but no one seems able to tell us how much is too much!

Any advice appreciated.

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Old 11-11-2007, 06:24 PM   #2
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yah thats too much, it could mess up his joints with too much exercise, maybe just little tug of war or something! or take him to the park, and let him run mybe 10-15 min, then get a little break!~
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if he's on lead it's def too much... off lead not as bad if you take it a bit slower. Off lead the puppy gets to move as he wishes and it wont effect him too much. But that is also prolly the only walk he'll be needing for a while
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Hi ally,
Walking is not so bad, and puppies will let you know when they are tired. It's the running and jumping, like up onto and off of high places, or taking them along with you jogging that should be avoided. Labbies aren't the largest dogs, but this info here should be a good guide for you.
http://www.newdogbreeding.com/keepin...-in-shape.html
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When my Lab was 2 months old, she would get 10-15 minute walks everyday, and it seemed like a good amount of time. She would also play ball at home or inside, so that would burn off some energy, as well.
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What do you do when your pup plays in the back yard with an older sister. My pup is four months old. He seems OK to me.
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I've always heard recommendations of 10 minutes per month of age of (so-called) forced exercise.
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What do you do when your pup plays in the back yard with an older sister. My pup is four months old. He seems OK to me.
I am sure this will be fine. Your pup can stop at any time when he has had enough, he isn't attached to a lead trying to keep pace on a long walk for example. All puppies love to play and I can't imagine wanting to stop this unless the pup seems to be getting tired and the older dog too pushy.

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