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Unread 12-09-2006, 04:23 AM   #1
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Hello all,
Hoping you can help me out with this question...

How far can I walk my 8 week old puppy? She is a Border Collie X Springer Spaniel, and has a lot of energy - like most puppies!

She loves walking on the beach and has no problems walking about 3km (up the beach and back). We stop to sniff objects and dogs along the way, and its not a run, instead a walk.

When we get home she isnt puffing much at all, only as much as doing nothing on a hot day. She doesnt cry during the walk, and always keeps up (doesnt lag behind like she is exhausted).

I think that this is ok becuase she is an energetic dog and will be very much so as an older pup.

What are everyone's thoughts? Is there any chance that this will cause problems with her joints etc becuase they are not fully formed or something?

Assistance would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-09-2006, 05:59 AM   #2
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Has she had all her vaccinations? cause at 8 weeks she is a bit young to be out on a beach. Normally vacs are given at 8 and 10 weeks or 10 and 12 weeks and you have to wait about a further two weeks before taking your puppy out in public or at least putting it down where other dogs have been because of infection. You can of course socialise ayoung pup by taking it out in your arms but it should not be down where other dogs have been so I feel it is not a case of how far you should be walking your 8 week old but should you be walking it at all. Sorry if this sounds negative but I am sure there will be others who wil come on and tell you the same. As an add to this welcome to the forum and hope you enjoy it from me and my Gang.
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Yes agreed BM. also at that age the pup should only be running around in the garden , where you can lead train it. You can do more damage than good giving a pup at that age so much excercise. 3 KM OMG!!!!!!!!!
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Hi flozzzzzz...welcome to the forum... Borzoi mad and Lassie are correct...Never take your pup where other dogs have had contact with before having all it's shots (3-4 months old) & wait till after 1 & 1/2 to 2 years of age before long walks or runs ....hips aren't fully developed and you can damage them and set them up for possible problems in the future...short walks are fine (20-30 minutes) couple of times a day after having all immunizations....
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u shouldn't walk ur dog that far it can affect him in later life. hes tiny bless him. i walked reggie to far when he was about 4 months and he collapsed. hes fine now but it taught me to be more careful

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I agree it should have its puppy shots and then a Rabi for protection when walking. Just smelling fecal matter it can pick up Distemper etc. I would feel much better knowing it has at least two shots if not more with the Rabi about 15 weeks old.
Then go till you feel the puppy looks tired. I would not force more than enough when young. Let it enjoy itself and not be dead tired.
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hey all its 2 weeks after there last vacc.

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hey all its 2 weeks after there last vacc.
Hey RIP Sasha We know it is two weeks after the last vacc.but if you read the original persons post they are also asking how far should he walk an 8 week old pup and all the replies were based on this as well as that it should not down walking in a public area where there are other dogs until 2 weeks after the last vacc.
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I personally wouldn't worry about walking just yet maybe around your yard or small area.

Now I will say my dogs all start socialization and puppy training for Conformation at 8 weeks which requires going to class where other dogs have been/are. Never had any issues with illness as long as they are over 8 weeks and mum was either titered or was Vaccinated well before the breeding. This is all just my opinion and before 3 months is key socialization time that should not be missed and be taken advantage of.
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