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Old 01-06-2008, 07:17 AM   #1
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hello, wonder if you lot can helpme, were taking lilly out for walks and ive just been told by my sister that your not supposed to take puppys for long walks, start of with short ones and build it up,because there muscles and bones arent strong enough for long walks yet, is this true???

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Sure puppies must start out slow or they will get sore like humans starting out as adults. There little bones are yet growing, soft and developing. Just do short ones till he gets tough. You do not want later limping and hip problems, as that can happen in any breed.
Walking any pup on hard surface before a year old can start Hip Hipdisplasia and other things. Take your time and play on grass, walk short on cement.
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I was told that when my 2 Collies were pups and I had completely forgotton !
Thanks for bringing it up ( I have a new pup )
I remember sprinkling calcium powder on their food too but haven't been able to find it
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I do agree with sheplovr. You want to take it easy on puppies, their growth plates need to form properly.

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hello, wonder if you lot can helpme, were taking lilly out for walks and ive just been told by my sister that your not supposed to take puppys for long walks, start of with short ones and build it up,because there muscles and bones arent strong enough for long walks yet, is this true???
That belief is often misunderstood and taken to extremes.

A puppy should not be pushed to over-exert themselves but should be allowed to romp and play as much as they desire. If Lilly enjoys her walks and doesn't show signs of fatigue during the walk she should be just fine.

Very young puppies (some up to 16 weeks) will display extreme bursts of short term energy (generally 15 minutes or less--depending on the age) then they'll crash and sleep just as hard as they played.

A simple walk doesn't usually burn near that much energy or put anywhere near the amount of stress on their joints. As long as she doesn't overdue to the point of exhaustion or isn't encouraged to run continuously on a hard surface she should be just fine.
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If it is your av pic of your puppy, do not go far. Her little bones are soft and joints are forming now, so be easy on her. Do not walk alot of hard surface as I said, I have raised many puppies and would not think of walking them much till they develope more for the cement or hard surfaces. Be careful. It is not the tiring part but the developement of joints n bones for now.
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I've heard that the only exercise a puppy should get is playing & ripping & tearing meat off a big meaty bone.
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Was she more worried that he wasn't fully vaccinated? Most folks don't let their pups go out until fully vaccinated...unless they have a private back yard.

This is the reason Hazen, our older pup is going nutso- his daily visits to the dog park are at a stand still until Mike gets his last shots and they take effect.

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