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Old 03-30-2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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I have just got a 5 month old patterdale x yorkshire terrier and would like to know how long or far i should be walking him a day as i have been told that over walking puppies can cause them damage. I can only find information on younger pups, anyone out there that could give me any information?

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Old 03-30-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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I'd do no more than 10-15 minutes out and 10-15 minutes back at this point. If he starts to become too tired take a break but don't pick him up; that will set up the "pick me upI don't want to walk anymore." A short 5-10 min break on the return trip will allow him to finish if he becomes too tired.

Right now it's better if you can exercise him say in your yard and just do short around the block or so walkies until he's a bit older.

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Old 04-01-2008, 02:17 AM   #3
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I've read that pups should only have play as exercise. Then I've also heard that so much per month of age. Say, 5 mins per month, so for a 5 mth old 25 mins. I'd take it slowly & not run it hard.
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Hi - a patterdale x yorkie, that should prove interesting! I have an 8 month old Patterdale, Nellie.

Walking on a lead is quite strenuous for a puppy, from memory I think its max 5-8 mins per month of age - so your pup could do walking pace, on a lead, for 25-40 mins.

Running free is slightly different - particularly if the puppy gets up and runs and plays under his/her own steam, and has frequent rests. Nellie started accompanying my husband to work from as young as 14 weeks, and although at first he had to restrict the amount of racing around she did with the other dogs on site, she soon got into a routine of playing and resting as part of her little "pack".

I walked her myself at weekends, and up until she was about 5 months old I was cautious about taking her too far or for too long. However - bearing in mind I speak from having a similar dog myself, and I'm by no means an expert - you have a small breed, so whilst its sensible to be cautious, don't get too hung up on this. It is mostly large breeds who suffer from bone damage or limb weakness due to over-exercise as puppies.

Let common sense prevail - don't drag her out for hours or for miles, and if the dog is truly tired, be aware of the signals she gives and her body language so she can let you know.

Just as a matter of interest, Nellie certainly has no muscular or skeletal issues now she is 8 months old, and she runs free on 40 acres 5 days a week, and gets 2 x 90 minute walks on both weekend days. The problem she DOES have, is her claws - she is always tearing them and getting nail bed infections!

I doubt this is due to early over-walking, more likely its down to over-enthusiastic digging, but keep an eye on her claws and keep them short......

Hope helps, good luck with the pup - do you have any pics?

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Old 04-01-2008, 07:56 AM   #5
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oh gosh i never new this. i take my cavalier kc out for at least an hour a day. on sunday it was nice day so we was out at park for few hours she was of the lead and was running round freely she semed to love it tho is this ok? we had a break every half hour tho!

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Default thanx for tips

thanks to all for your tips on walking out.
I've taken to walking Gus for around 25 mins in the morning and a little longer in the evening and with just play in the garden during the day. He seems to be settling in to the routine now which is more than can be said for the house training! Still i suppose i should be grateful it's only Number 1's and not the other! Is it natural for a dog to pee 6 times within the space of 20 minutes? We start adolecent classes tonight so i'm hoping a little more socialising with other dogs might show him some better habits.........then again it might not!!!! In reply to curlysue, i do have some pics of him but as i am not good with the computer i don't know how to get them up. i will get my hubby to sort something out tho.(by the was yours looks really cute!)

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Let common sense prevail - don't drag her out for hours or for miles, and if the dog is truly tired, be aware of the signals she gives and her body language so she can let you know.
What are a dog's signs to tell you they are tired? Would things like cutting in front of you when she wouldn't normally do that be one?

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Not sure about that one, Nellie walks under my feet all the time!

I was thinking along the lines of hanging back, unusual lack of interest in surroundings, whining, pawing, posturing, uneven or staggering gait or even stopping and sitting/laying down...etc etc.

I guess if the dog lies down you've gone way beyond tired.......

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I've never heard where walking at an early age presents a problem.
Over doing anything is a mistake but any animal works towards increasing
mobility from day one.

Both of my Border Terriers started with a leash in the house prior to outside
walks. This enabled them to get used to the leash in a safe setting. After that we walked a lot. My 2nd Border, Roxie, entered the picture when my 1st, Romeo, was 8 and used to walks at least twice a day. Roxie joined in
at 9 weeks and I just watched her closely and at the first sign of flagging I carried her and continued the hike. I always put her back down towards the end of the hike so she always came home on her own steam. Her confidence increased with her stamina and before too long she was holding her own and graduated to multi-hour romps on forest trails off-leash.

Common sense and awareness of the individual dogs' ability is all it takes... IMHO.

Take Care and enjoy your 'puppy-time"!

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What are a dog's signs to tell you they are tired? Would things like cutting in front of you when she wouldn't normally do that be one?

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More like lagging behind - walking instead of running. I don't see it very often in my two but every so often we manage to get them tired.
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