People say you should walk puppys 3 times a day for 20 mins max. Is this true. Sometimes we can be up the park for hours with him playing with harvey. We loose track of time. Only good thing is he sleeps all day then
When im off school, i take him to the park tennis courts for a run, the about midday i road walk him or park walks. Then about 9pm walk as he wakes up at night and is a real pain. Id say he gets about an hour and a half worth of walk a day. Is this too much??? I dont want to over excercise.
When im at school he oly gets 2 15min walks, as i have dozens of homework etc....
I have noticed when bloo gets up from lying down or something his legs will make a crack sound, like when our kness do. Im concerned, how much excercise should i do!! !
Me n Bloo are doing a 1.5mile race in december. He will be 8 months old then. So at the moment we are jogging aout a lot practising.
What do you all think. All opinions wont be taken badly, i really need some options Anybody???
|Hi Sam. I think pups shouldnt have too much exercise when they are small as their bones are still forming. not sure of the actual amount though. Summer has always hated wet, so like today she wont even think about going out. She is just too fast asleep.|
|Puppies shouldn't be over exercised .You should be using a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.|
|thanks so bloo is 7months. so he can be walked twice a day 35 minutes in total! wow... wve been way over that limit if he isnt worn out hes a nightmare in the house. biting and barking. at least he sleeps hehe... i suppose ill have to put up with it.|
|Also make sure he isn't jumping around to much as it's bad for his hip joints.|
|Huh- I never knew about the time restrictions on exercise when my girls were little! We would got for LONG trips to the dog park- sometimes as much as 90 minutes! And that was in addition to their walks- twice a day for 15 - 20 minutes. If wearing Bloo out is a problem, our trainers suggested that training tires out their brains, and that it can be as effective as a long walk- and we found this to be true! A 15 minute training session in the kitchen would really wear our girls out when they were little, as well as help to re-enforce all the good behaviors we wanted from them! Additionally, they began to learn that if they were naughty or spastic, they'd be rewarded by having to work. Don't forget as well- this IS a working breed. You have to give them things to do or they can get frustrated and sometimes destructive. So using brief training sessions as "exercise" worked wonders for us!!|
The jumping is more about their growth plates than their hips, though I supposed making sure their growth plates grow and close properly helps them to have healthier joints including their hips! As for not jumping in activities like Agility until they were old enough for their growth plates to have closed- I've read that 12 or 13 months is about when it is safe to begin jumping related activities.
|Thanks Darth snuggle.|
I loose track of time sometimes we can be walking for ages! I am not doing agility yet am loing into it for the furture..
Bloo doesnt get tired after training :/ Hes like a nuclear bomb always ready, hes scared incase he misses something so he never sleeps. I can do training for 10 mins but then he walks off and dcides to eat something else.
I know working breeds , but ive run out of ideas. Hes always up at night sometimes wont go to bed till 11pm!!! He has bones eveynight to make some peace, then he gets up and starts again!! Bloo is an energetic pup and never gives up hehe; Will try more training.
|Allison, in terms of the time limit for exercise based on age/minute increments, I've never heard of it either, but that's not to say there isn't some truth to it - might be a handy rough rule of thumb for exercising (walking) a young puppy? |
I let mine run and play to their heart's content from day one as long as it's "free" exercise - puppy will take a nap when puppy needs a nap
|Mine get free exercise in the house and back garden .But for walking them I have always followed the 5 mins to a month rule plus no jumping for toys until they are at least a year old.|
|If we dont walk kenny for longer than 20 mins a day he will do sprints around our apt for 15 mins anyway. When we walk him more he's calm and seems normal |
I mean, i understand you dont want to over-exercise a dog but not sure if it's as scientific as 5 mins per month of age. When in doubt, call your vet.
|Taylor is just over 5 months. He and Izzie play inside as much as they want. We don't have a fenced in yard, so outside he only gets walks. I don't limit the time of walks, but we make sure we don't go too far. 45 to 60 minutes is pretty normal for our longer walks. These walks consist of walking, sniffing, potty breaks, barking at tumbling leaves, trying to grab literally anything he can put in his mouth, frustrated stares from his older dog-sister because he is slow/sniffy/pulling every which way and tripping his owner with spastic direction changes |
As I said I don't limit the time, but do make sure he isn't too tired or limpy or anything. He seems to be doing well.
If we dont walk kenny for longer than 20 mins a day he will do sprints around our apt for 15 mins anyway. When we walk him more he's calm and seems normal
I mean, i understand you dont want to over-exercise a dog but not sure if it's as scientific as 5 mins per month of age.
What you're describing is a classic modern dilemma: puppies benefit from a lots of "free" exercise, running, playing and so on, loose, ideally with other well-behaved dogs of the appropriate size and temperament. They should be allowed to tire themselves out - it makes for both sane puppies and owners. But in a lot of situations, urban, whatever, people no longer have access to the kind of environment needed to keep puppies properly exercised, (and also often only have one or maybe two dogs at a time, so have no built in pack of trustworthy dogs to play with puppy/teach good manners), dog parks aren't a good idea for baby dogs, so they rely on leash walking, which should be done in moderation, depending on the puppies age and the surface you're walking/running them on. In that case the rule of thumb mentioned probably has some value as a caution.
(Hint: playing interesting games with puppies inside can compensate nicely - you can tire a dog out mentally as well as physically, and you seem to get a lot more tired out puppy bang for your buck by challenging them mentally, though they still need their walkies. )
There's another interesting rule of thumb with no exact scientific basie when it comes to puppies; when trying to determine "max" amount of time a puppy can be expected to hold it (urine) the general rule of thumb is puppy's age in months old + 1. So a 2 month old puppy should, theoretically, be able to hold its bladder for 3 hours. Max.
And as it turns out it's a pretty decent rule of thumb.
That said, last night I picked up Luna and rule of thumb for 1/2 mos old puppy is apparently: "Mom just fed me, pick up at your own risk, lady" because she left an impressive pee spot in my lap for something her size.
|Good points for sure and we do play with kenny inside with balls and other things to run him around and keep him occupied. Not to mention i think it's funny when he sprints around!!! Can't wait to get into a house early next year though (hopefully).|
|Thanks a lot for the opinions. I think im doing enough with bloo, trouble is is that he bounds around the house like a mad dog chasing cats, so i cant suppose it makes much difference walking him. I do check see if he tires, his bum tends to wriggle when hes had enough then he sits down. So i think `ok time to go home` gets in house and hes off again!! he doesnt stop.|
I dont think dog parks are good for puppies either really. Wont have any in england anyways. I take bloo to the park on a long line, if noones there i will loose him off lead, he plays with the tuggy toy
This morning typical example:
Parks shut, so i took him to the stadium field, we saw bonjo, a big fluffy dog. Hes 10 and half months, bloo is 7 months. I asked first `is it ok if i let him off` so thy were clashing jaws, doing what doggy play do, but then bloo got too much and bit bonjos ear i think, anyway bonjo turned and got bloo on the floor! He was whining asnd whimpering. H Bloo trys to look brave and act good, but hes a coward really It taught him a lesson though. Its always better to be told off by another dog than by me. We seperated them but bonjo keep going back for bloo
So now hes back in the house biting and acting all big and brave because hes been told off.. hehe///
Hes just a pup, so im hoping by next year hell be calm
Thanks for the help really appreciate this!
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