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24-02-2011 12:53 AM
Monty-2010 Cheers for the advice, have reigned in the time and distance,
off to Filey tomorrow, play on the beach should be good.
will post some pics...
21-02-2011 08:28 AM
paws 5 min rule is per day, mainly lead walking, i.e. when pup has to keep going with you not playing in the house/garden etc. It's not a law just a guide to try and protect those joints. Taking him down to the path in the car sounds like a good compromise. Ditto the leaping - avoid big drops and steps, sandy beaches grassy fields are fine he'll be able to run and stop as he pleases. You can also spend time just sitting and watching the world go by they get mentally tired from that because the world is so new and interesting when you're only little. :wink: Good for socialisation too, you may find everyone suddenly is your friend and needs to come over for a cuddle! :lol:
21-02-2011 08:15 AM
_Vikki_ The 5 minute rule is a guide, no-one expects you to have a stop watch out, 15 minute gentle amble down the lanes is fine, 15 minute hooley racing up and down and leaping off things not such a great idea.

Hope you had a great time at the beach
21-02-2011 02:19 AM
Blue_Moon Nice soft sand, lots of water - I think that probably you can stretch it a tiny bit so long as you're not lead walking the baby there.
21-02-2011 01:35 AM
Monty-2010 Am I getting softer or does he get more gorgeous everytime I come home from work!

I agree totally, the problem is the little man will just keep on going no matter what, which fools me in to this thinking of, hes still not tired am i taking him far enough! when all the time it seems labs are so gladatorial, new word, that he will walk till he sleeps.

off to filey to see the wifes family so will make sure i sick to this, however we are taking him on the beach, now he will be off his lead, does this 15mins of time count? or does the 2 mins from the car on a lead and 3 mins down the beach of his lead to the sea count?

I dont quite understand the rules, and i dont want to harm our newest addition.
21-02-2011 01:09 AM
Blue_Moon It's blummin hard to stick to, because you really do get the impression that the little monsters would just go, and go, and go....

I do tend to think that if they'll have problems, then they'll show up eventually regardless of what measures we take.

Blue comes from non-hipscored parents and I spend most of my time worrying that he'll have problems when he's older. But ultimately, what will be will be.

He'll get the best care and treatment should he need it, but at the same time I do not want the additional burden of feeling guilty that somewhere along the line I've contributed to it.

So although it seems so little a time out with them right now, you need to weigh up how guilty you would feel later if there were problems.
21-02-2011 12:43 AM
Monty-2010 Thank you for your concern, without it i wouldnt have been highlighted to this. i have just spent the last hour reading all sorts of posts about the 5 minute rule.

The one thing i havent got my head round yet is, my puppies 2/3 months so say ten minutes for now, just. is this ten minutes a day, twice a day? a week?
when i have him off his lead then does this count? as he is in charge of his own destiny? or because i am still walking him and he follows by my feet is he still been walked.

I have read the dangers of wearing out his poor joints and i am horrified. poor little fellow, i will be reigning in his walking distance and time as from this moment, we will nip down the road in the car and then walk through the lanes, rather than walking there.
19-02-2011 09:09 AM
_Vikki_ Awww lovely boy

I would think 1 mile is too far for a small puppy especially as half is on a hard surface, you should be looking at 10-15 mins at this age.
19-02-2011 09:02 AM
debpat Hiya,
I was just looking through this thread and just wanted to remind you of the 5 mins per month walk rule, or opinion anyway. I am no expert at all but it seems most people follow this advice. Especially with our labs and ther joints etc.
As i say i am not preaching but as a new dog owner like yourself i had no idea until i read on here. You may not of realised.
Enjoy your walks xx
17-02-2011 11:52 AM
Monty-2010 A few pictures from one of Monty's first walks, 2nd day!
The walk we do is just over a mile, half along a main road on footpaths and on his lead, and the 2 nd half along single farm tracks and an old road now covered with grass off his lead. doesnt leave my side at the moement, so getting him in to it now before he gets too much confidence.

working on come command at the moment, so when we meet others if hes off his lead or heading in to danger got him covered.

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