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My pup is 11 weeks. She gets lots of running around the yard time and play time. I am a regular walker- 4-5 miles...I have only been taking her on short leash walks. How far should she be able to go at this age? She seems to have the energy to go a lot further, but I don't want to push it...
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There is quite a bit of information out there about not "overexercising" a puppy. Remember that a puppy cannot tell you when they've had too much and will generally happily keep going even when it's been too long for them. I worry more about walks on pavement than I do on natural trails, and I worry less when a puppy is allowed to go at their own pace - starting and stopping, moving ahead, taking time to stop and smell things, etc. Using a long line allows for a lot more freedom for a puppy to pace themselves.

Keep in mind that energy does come in spurts, and if you want to go for longer walks you do need to build up to it.

You will definitely get differing opinions on the topic - there are concerns about growth plates and damage. This is probably the most commonly shared piece on exercise for puppies: https://shoppuppyculture.com/pages/a...ate-exercise-1
This study from a veterinarian seems to contradict some of those worries: https://www.mylamedog.com/post/what-...grlyO6dXXh-EP0

That said, with my own dogs, I'm still more cautious. I'd rather take two shorter walks a day than one long one. More than that, I really do much more self-directed play and sort of...rambling walks. Also, I do a LOT of "brain work" - very short training sessions and lots of sniffing stuff.

This is also good information that I use to guide me in my training - since my dogs have both done agility training I never rush into training things their bodies aren't ready for: https://www.dogworksfitness.com/sing...FfSEKscfuRcrP0
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Some further reading:

https://www.dogworksfitness.com/sing...FfSEKscfuRcrP0

https://www.animal-mrt.com/blog/post...0ngjlsbeeY5wBw
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My pup is 11 weeks. She gets lots of running around the yard time and play time. I am a regular walker- 4-5 miles...I have only been taking her on short leash walks. How far should she be able to go at this age? She seems to have the energy to go a lot further, but I don't want to push it...
With my boy Hoss, the biggest warnings I received from my vet and breeder was high impact to joints.
It was explained that hard impacts could have an lifetime effect on his joint development.
So much soft tissue in those little joints developing.
It’s an area that needs to last a long time, so sometimes we have to slow them down on that first year at least.
Just a few examples :
Things like jumping into or out of our truck was the first thing on our list of changes in handling our pup.
Jumping was kept to a minimum when possible.
You will think of more.....just keep an eye out for high impact activities.
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