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How often do you take your pup for a walk? Now that the weather is nicer out, we've been going once in the morning and once after dinner. I don't know the distance but a usual walk lasts about a half hour or so. Chevy is getting much better with walking since we got the martingale type collar. He wants to chase anything with wheels so we've been working on correcting that.
 

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puppy's should not have forced exercise such as a walk. Instead play in the yard so the pup can rest as needed or you pup unneeded stress on growing bones.
 

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I disagree that a walk is forced exercise that is harmful to a young pup. Now I would not ride my bike and expect to the dog to run alongside because that would be too much.
 

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Yeah, and a walk is a lot more than physical exercise, it's about socialisation to the environment, mental stimulation and an activity to do with "the pack". Things you don't achieve in the backyard.
 

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No, we never force him to go for a walk, I would never even think of forcing a dog to walk. He gets excited as soon as he sees the leash and collar and waits at the front door. I see it as something fun to do as well as socialization time with the neighborhood and training. There's no doubt that he enjoys it.

I was just curious and looking for feedback on how often everyone here on the boards takes thier puppy for a walk, assuming that you do take him/her.
 

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In connection to this question...what is a good age to start walking them on a leash...we let our puppy (6 weeks) walk around with the leash attached..he just drags it...just trying to get him used to the feel, but when should we start working with him?
 

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I would say once he's used to wearing the leash, try just walking up the driveway and come back. Make it fun and exciting by making it a chase game. Hold the leash and start to jog off and the pup will chase you. This helps them to learn to follow you, and being on the leash is fun if they get to play a game. Once they get used to it, go a little further each time. Make sure it stays a positive experience and use short walks and build up from there.
 

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Quote: In connection to this question...what is a good age to start walking them on a leash...we let our puppy (6 weeks) walk around with the leash attached..he just drags it...just trying to get him used to the feel, but when should we start working with him?
At 6 weeks the pup should still be with his mother, receiving antibodies from her, but that is a matter of another thread. At 6 weeks I wouldn't walk a pup, I'd wait until 8 weeks o so and only after the pups has his first octuple vaccine, (not only the puppy parvo one).

And answering the original question... I don't take my pup for "walks" in the strict sense of the word. She goes with me in the car to work and every hour or two we had play/training time that can be from 5 minutes to an hour depending in how much time do I have at the moment in whatever part of the city or their surroundings we are.
 

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I can't disagree that the pup should still be with his mother...I do think 6 weeks is too young, but the breeder was quite anxious (i.e. very determined) to place the puppies (imagine he didn't want to foot the vet bills for vaccinations)
 

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Originally Posted By: Helly.... but the breeder was quite anxious (i.e. very determined) to place the puppies (imagine he didn't want to foot the vet bills for vaccinations)
Obviously someone that breeds for the MONEY rather than for the betterment of the breed.
Congrats on your puppy though.
 

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I give my pups as much as they will do during the day, and it's usually an amazing amount. For me, leashed stuff wasn't really exercise after about 10 weeks. I needed to get them tearing around OFF leash. Playdates with other puppies and friendly healthy dogs was ideal. So finding a puppy class/puppy kindergarden is plus.

Here's an article that shows how we tend to UNDER exercise and our puppies 'suffer'.... http://www.showdogsupersite.com/hips.html
 

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CJ is 8 weeks old and we walk around in the yard right now mainly due to the traffic on our road. We try to walk him around everytime he goes out to potty even if it is just for a couple of minutes just to get him used to being on a lead and start to get used to walking with us instead of his pack of puppies where he was the leader. Not sure if it is right or not but he likes strolling around sniffing leaves, picking up the occassional branch and barking at.. well whetever he determines needs to be barked at. I just like spending the time with him and if he enjoys it I say why not.
 
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