Building Up To Longer Puppy Walks

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  1. biscella

    biscella Registered Users

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    How old was your puppy when you started building them up to longer walks and hikes? i.e. 8+ miles.

    I'm aware of the "five minute rule" and obviously won't be pushing my puppy further than she's ready for! I'd just like to get some perspectives.
     
  2. adamh18

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    We stuck to the 5 minute rule through the week then built up weekend walks starting at around 3 miles

    So she would get 5 mins x month three times a day through the week and then on a weekend maybe one small morning walk 5 mins x month and then a longer 3 mile walk later in the day with no third walk.

    Probably started doing this around 4-5 months of age, now she's 8 months old and will happily do a 6+ mile walk once or twice on a weekend, nothing strenuous, just flat walks. I think the biggest she has done so far is about 8-9 miles in a single walk. Makes a very tired puppy!

    Might not be the best plan for everyone but it seems to work fine for us and she's very healthy and likes a good walk....if only I could stop her being so giddy when seeing any other dogs on the walks!
     
  3. Hank_Boston

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    Im not familiar with the 5 minute rule:

    5 mins x months is how long a walk should be?
    5x2 10 minutes? A day?
     
  4. Michael A Brooks

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    Per day, Hank. The idea is to avoid repetitive exercise.

    The evidence for the rule is lacking. There is evidence re puppies less than 3 months and avoiding stairs but I am not aware of solid evidence re older puppies.

    I think the way to approach the issue is to ask oneself is there much to be gained by exercising a young dog on marches over long distances. I can't see it myself. I think there is far more to be gained from training recall, retrieve, impulse control, round the cone, and heeling. The puppy will learn a lot more, a bond will be built, while being exercised as a by-product of the training.
     
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  5. Hank_Boston

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    I agree 1,000%.
     

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