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I know that young puppies should not be over walked due to young bones etc, but how far a day is it considered safe and ideal to walk, thanks:)
 

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They say 5mins for every month, but I must admit I did more than that and just played it by ear, if Mable was bouncy puppy then assumed she was ok, if she looked to be tiring just picked her up. You could come home after 10mins and then him run around playing at home for the next 30 mins. I think each pup will be different and I'd just assess each one sensibly and individually x
 

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Just watch George playing at home, he will play hard for how ever many minutes ( anything from 10 to 30 mins is normal) then his batteries run out and he will crash somewhere to sleep. Your walk out could substitute that mad play time in length, it varies with each pup.

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Jayne, you're brilliant, you seem to be a bit ahead of us in everything, so I can just follow your lead :D
Talking of leads, what can people recommend for off road walkies? Are flexileads are a no-no? I plan to get Izzy offlead asap for beach at the bottom of our garden.
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Jayne, you're brilliant, you seem to be a bit ahead of us in everything, so I can just follow your lead :D
Talking of leads, what can people recommend for off road walkies? Are flexileads are a no-no? I plan to get Izzy offlead asap for beach at the bottom of our garden.
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I always recommend a 10metre training line. You can hold the end and let the rest drag and the pup feels like it is off lead, rather than with a flexi-lead where they are always pulling. Then you can see how pup behaves and how she reacts to your recall. You will probably find that she stays close to you. Once you are more confident then let go of the end and if you do need to catch her, it's easy to grab or tread on the line rather than chasing a wriggly puppy. I had Dylan off-lead within a week by doing this.
 

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the 5 min rule is out dated and leaves you with a frustrated puppy, just remember whatever length you walk in one direction you need to walk the same back, you will over do it at some point but you learn to read your dog and will know when they are getting tiered. try a standard of 15 mins even a 5 min walk either way with a wee 5 mins off lead or on a long drag line so he can mass about and you can practice recall.
 

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I tried Izzy in the baby carrier - not great, didin't feel too safe, so I have a rucksack like Bini used for Cider and we'll give that a go. My plan is to take Izzy out with Phoebe, and carry her in it when she gets tired :)
 

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For us as a multi dog household it's been walk as far as the pup looks tired and then pick her up. Never wear a clean t-shirt.
As to off lead walking, I'm a massive advocate of it whilst their young. They are so worried about losing you that they stay close. And then it gets them into the idea that they are with you regardless of the lead situation.
I feel it's key you do this as once they get to five/ six months all bets are off! And they will puppy charge all an sundry so all those extra hours of off lead ( with plenty of recall an praise ) should pay off!
 

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Thanks Adam, we have the beach literally at the bottom of the garden, and if she did run off she'd most likely run home I imagine. I'll probably just go for it once we can get out! My older dog comes back and Izzy follows her everywhere jsut now. Your advice makes a lot of sense :)
 
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