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Old 12-13-2016, 06:42 AM   #1
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I'd like opinions. I caught hell and even got flamed by a mod on another forum for basically walking my 8 week old malamute puppy. I took her to a low traffic trail out of town that has less risk of infected dog waste than walking our own block. It had solid, built up ground with buried gravel under dirt and grass because it used to be a railroad line. I chose this firm, even terrain carefully while avoiding concrete. We put her on a check line and let her bounce. She jogged next to the big dogs for maybe 20' max and then would get distracted, kill leaves, flop randomly, and we'd just wait. "oops. Aiko flopped again. Everyone go sniff the chipmunk filled brush." We wandered out about half a mile and we wandered back fully ready to carry her. She barely was slowing down the last few hundred feet but still attacked the others butts and bit the fluffy husky tail. She slept a short time and she was her normal activity level afterward. This will happen less than once a week now that snow is flying until late feb or march depending on the year. We just managed to slip one trip in before the first snow.

Everyone freaked that I was ruining her joints taking her out on a trail or that she was at horrible risk for parvo. Comments had to be deleted in some places. Like I said I got flamed by a mod even on a large forum. The vehemency of the responses made me do some more searches for info. I see nothing wrong. I did not force exercise, she tired herself out, and we reached the car just as she was no longer hyper in a breed not known to be particularly hyper. I reduced risk of illness as much as I could while still getting her out seeing things. I want her socialized as early as possible. Even just watching people and cars out the car windows as we travel to and from places is beneficial. She also goes to puppy playgroup where vaccines are checked 1-2times weekly for an hour and starts obedience classes Jan 3 so she'll be about 12 weeks.

I wonder how many think I am wrong? How many are on the side of protect them from everything at cost of socialization if you have limited to no safe methods (there have been no puppies at puppy playgroup so she's been playing with foster dogs kenneled there) and how many are on the side of get a puppy out there and let their own energy be the guide of amount of activity? We were at the vehicle and stopped her before she needed to stop herself. She threw a little tantrum she was forced to go back in the suv before going to sleep.

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I think because it was a low traffic trail and a short walk and your other dog is vaccinated, made the risk very low. Since you were willing to carry her back if she got tired I think no harm was done. I bet she had a marvelous time too
Of course you will monitor if by chance she should get sick lol
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Oh you have no idea the fun of leaf killing on a trail surrounded by trees. Also the stick had to come with until her jaw got tired because it barely fit in her mouth. I have lots of pics of her flopped on leaves and staring at fields through the tree and brush gaps but my photobucket is running out of space. People took the pic of her jogging with my akita and just flipped out without asking any real info. Then I got the only x mins but doesn't the mins vary by your pace? Letting a big puppy play herself out at her pace seems like it should be quite different from making her keep up, especially if smaller, and just letting her sniff sometimes. She ran more in a relative's yard with no other dogs over thanksgiving. I was reminded why I tend not to use dog forums. I started to when I got my akita almost 10 years ago and I mentioned new puppies as I've gotten them but overall I just find too many people who are worse than arguing about childcare between parents. This is one place that always seems a bit more logical. Sucks it's having technical problems. I couldn't view my thread after posting it.

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There is so much contoversy over how much/how far to walk a puppy...and much of it depend on the kind of puppy you have, the environment for exercise, how often, etc.
According to the UK Kennel Club:
"Puppies need five minutes of exercise per month of age up to twice a day, according to the U.K. Kennel Club."
and that varies as well. You do need to be careful about over walking and over exercising with regard to joint and skeletal development.. as someone who has been through hip dysplasia with a dog I can tell you that is truly a factor to consider when deciding how much/how often. The links below offer some interesting, if at times conflicting, advice:

https://www.thatmutt.com/2016/06/19/...walk-my-puppy/

How Much Exercise is Too Much for My Puppy? | petMD

https://www.puppyculture.com/appropriate-exercise.html
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