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Harvey is now 16 weeks and I've been taking him for 3 x 10 mins walks. I know from reading other posts it's about 5 mins per month.

But yesterday I was reading a labrador book I'd been given, and it suggested 3 x 30 mins for a 4 month Lab! ! Surely that is much too much?

Am i doing the right amount?

Fay
 

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Hi Fay
The 5 mins per months is a good estimate to prevent overexercising and 3 30 minute walks is too much. A lot is written about exercising a young pup, but my own opinion is this:

A young pup will get all the exercise he needs from pottering around the garden and house, exercise/walks, as such, is not necessary. What is necessary is getting them out and about, socialising, getting them used to different places, noises etc, so we say we take them out for walks, but it is not really for the exercise as such, more the socialisation. So, you could go out for an hour. It could be a five minute walk up the road to the shops. There you could sit and watch the traffic / birds / people .... etc. for ten minutes, then you could walk up the road to the busy crossing and take him there and watch the buses go by etc....for another 10 minutes. You could come a different route back and stop outside the school when the children are coming out and watch there for a while (and probably be made a fuss of :D ). etc... so that in the end you have not walked/exercised for long, even though you may have been out for a long time, the purpose has been to get the pup used to different situations, not for the exercise.
Hope that makes sense. :)
 

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Thanks for the replies :)

I seem to be doing the correct thing then - I couldnt believe my eyes when i saw 3 x 30 mins.

The book is published by Collins and is a Labrador owners guide! It s by Dr Peter Neville. Quote - Perhaps an average of 3 walks daily for about half an hour each is ample for a puppy of about 4 months of age, rising to 2-3 hours in total by the time they reach 6 months'

Trouble is people with only that book would be doing that much! 8O

Thanks again

Fay
 
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