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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Exercise duration for puppies

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My first real question.

Lexi will be 4 month old on Wednesday of this week. I have been walking her twice a day totaling around 5 miles, each walk is around 50 minutes. I have been told this is too much while her joints are growing really fast and have been advised I should only be walking for around 20 minutes at a time.

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I really prefer "free" play for puppies, rather than "forced" exercise...what I mean by that is that puppies can choose how long to run and play, stopping when they choose, running full out for as long as they choose. It's not so much the length of the walk, but that they can stop and start at their leisure. When they are leashed, they just keep going and it's repetitive. There's a school of thought that this can be damaging to growing joints and bones. If you are walking at her pace, letting her stop and sniff, meander around, rather than walking at a steady clip, I'd be less concerned...if you can keep it sort of "puppy directed" rather than human directed that is far preferable.

There is some newer research that suggests that we've gone a bit too far in restricting puppy exercise - see this article with linked research: https://www.mylamedog.com/post/what-...tes-are-closed

Personally, I'm in the middle. I wouldn't run a pup on a treadmill or do jog with a puppy, but some of the newer recommendations that puppies can only walk 20 minutes seem a little ludicrous.
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What Meadowcat said - I would walk in it the grass so it absorbs some of the shock = easier than walking on concrete .
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Hi Thank you for the response.

70% of the walks are on Grass/soil and 30% gravel. 90% of it is off leash. What you have said makes sense. I have decided to reduce it to 25-30 minutes of walking.

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Hi Thank you for the response.

70% of the walks are on Grass/soil and 30% gravel. 90% of it is off leash. What you have said makes sense. I have decided to reduce it to 25-30 minutes of walking.

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Looks like farm country to me - Is that wheat in that field ? By chance -- Would happen to be farmers over there ? Nice area to walk , and nice Dober you have

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Hi Doc

No We are not farmers, just happen to be lucky enough to have nice areas to walk around where I live. Lexi gets the chance to experience plenty of livestock, Dogs and people by using these walks and the farmer loves to see the doberman as she is the only one in the area.

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Lexi does love the concrete jungle with the kids too.....mix of town and country.


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I have to ask, does Lexi skate as well???

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I have to ask, does Lexi skate as well???
Not Yet....but maybe that will be her next trick.
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She's a pretty girl - would love to see more pics!
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She's a pretty girl - would love to see more pics!
Just added a few pics from 9wk to 15wk.
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