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How Many Miles of Walking For 16 Week Old Puppy?

How many miles of walking is ok for a 16 week old puppy?

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Not sure about a "correct" answer, but I'd keep walks short and fun then build on that little by little as your pup matures. At that age, if I remember correctly, we walked for about 15 minutes and prolly less than a mile. They got most of their exercise through play with us.
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Ok, we've been doing 3 mile walks for 2 weeks and we just did 4.2 miles last Sunday with ease and the puppy was not tired after it.

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I think it would all depend on the pup, the surface being walked on and the stress of the walk.

If Draco is showing no adverse reactions to walking that far, I'd continue....but realize that you are building his tolerant level...LOL!

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Like I said, I don't know if there is some set distance or anything. I would think walking would be pretty low impact. I get bored of neighborhood walks so the short distances were good by me. We mostly used the flirt pole or played a version of fetch for exercise, sometimes we played hide and seek in the deep grass, they loved it.
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I have a 15 week old male and I only walk him for a short distance. Not anymore than 20 minutes and I'm doing training sessions on the walks. You dont want to put to much pressure on his hips and elbows as he is still growing.
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I think it would all depend on the pup, the surface being walked on and the stress of the walk.

If Draco is showing no adverse reactions to walking that far, I'd continue....but realize that you are building his tolerant level...LOL!
That's what I am worried about Nancy! I don't want him thinking we are doing 15 miles a day or something crazy! Only you and LS have that kind of crack energy!

We walk fast, my friends have long legs so we have to be able to keep up with them and he walks next to me and never falls behind, he keeps up with my pace.

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That's what I am worried about Nancy! I don't want him thinking we are doing 15 miles a day or something crazy! Only you and LS have that kind of crack energy!
I cheat. I have acerage and a cannon like thing that shoots tennis balls! I wear him out and rarely have to move!!!

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I cheat. I have acerage and a cannon like thing that shoots tennis balls! I wear him out and rarely have to move!!!
I cheat even more now and run Delgado on a treadmill

I agree with Lilie, I honestly never limited Delgado's exercise, if he wanted to run I let him run. Though by the time he was 6 months he was running in the dog park for 3 hours a day and still coming home and ready to play so I did shoot myself in the foot a bit Thankfully as he grew up he learned to settle in the house better and he's just about perfect now, ready to roll at a moments notice but knows when it's quiet time

So far he's never come up lame or shown signs of pain, though in a few months when he's two he'll be going in for his OFA's so I'll know more then. Puppies are pretty good at self regulating and you mentioned he's keeping up and enjoying it so I wouldn't worry.

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I cheat. I have acerage and a cannon like thing that shoots tennis balls! I wear him out and rarely have to move!!!
That's what I'm talking about! I like hiking but just walking not so much. The downfall of fetch being a major source of exercise , if you can call it that, is having a ball constantly being pushed into, at, and dropped on me, especially once it's been thoroughly slimed.
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