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Sorry, I know there have been posts on this before, but I was wondering ...

George is 16 weeks old and we've been walking him after his jabs from just over 12 weeks old,

We've been sticking to 15 mins twice a day, but as he's bad with lead pulling and biting, we let him off the lead for 90% of this. Which means he does tend to run or sprint probably up to about 30 metres at amny one time (maybe a little more). There's probably 3 sprints max in there.

As we haven't got a suitable garden, he goes to a public grass area about 50 metres from the house about twice a day as well but although he's off the lead we don't go more than another 50 metres and the chances of him running etc are limited

In the house, it's not big enough to run and he gets plenty of rest time.

Is this too much and if so is the answer to try and take him to places where the chance to run is limited. A bit tricky but can be tried
 

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At 16 weeks old I would say he should be allowed up to 20 minutes 'forced lead walking' per day.

Excersie off lead isn't really an issue as he has the choice to slow down and stop for a rest if he wants to.

Have you joined a training class yet? If not, get signed up on one asap! Will definitely help you with the pulling on lead and best to get that addressed before he's a 30kg lump of muscle pulling you down the road. ;)
 

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As Treecity said the general rules is 5mins per month of forced walking. When off lead your pup will be able to stop hen tired :)

Do try to to do short bursts of training now with lead walking - I know it's boring but easier with a baby than a fully grown Lab!

Mac was a nightmare on the lead but with consistency and perserverence we got there in the end :)
 

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He's starting obedience/puppy classes on 7th Sept

Can't wait (bless him!) as although he's still a baby, I'm worried he's picking up bad habits the longer it goes before I start.

Really hoping they will start with getting control on the lead - he's a bold and very energetic outgoing young man!! And it's hard work keeping him on the lead, without it sounding like he's choking

Trainer sounds clued up and was recommended by someone who does Field trials. In fact the trainer is taking her Pup to this experienced Field trial person

Trainer knows we want to try getting to Field trial standard

Thanks
 

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I took off-lead into account with Minnie too because she still had to keep up with me walking - and also as she was running around she was covering more distance than she would have, had she been on lead. I know others do it differently, this was just what I settled on for her. She would also of course play at home and run around the garden.

Fortunately she was a little pup and so I carried her quite a lot on walks when she was much younger so we could go further - and also found taking her to places for socialisation, where there was lots going on, helped really tire her out even if she was just carried/sat there, so that helped too.
 

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I can recommend a Gencon for pulling although I am not sure if this would be recommended if you want to work him.
 

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Molly isn't allowed out yet so we have only practiced walking around the garden on the lead but she also pulled and tried to bite/carry the lead in her mouth. We solved it in just two sessions with clicker training - we clicked and treated her the moment she dropped the lead and then again when she moved forward at my side. When she pulled I just stopped dead until she stopped then clicked and treated again. She is our first pup and we are certainly no experts but clicker training really seems to work on her. Worth a try? There is loads of helpful info on it in the forums.
 
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