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Kodi has gone on long walks since he was fully inoculated. But then, he always had plenty of energy, and made it very clear that he LOVED walking.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are a lot of Havanese that do not come from the best of breeders, that do not have the best conformation. (this can occasionally happen with pups even from good breeders, though they do their best to avoid it!) Some Havanese (more than we'd like to see!) have twisted legs or bad patellas, hips or elbows. While these dogs may make wonderful pets, they may also have very good reason for not wanting to walk longer distances. So before forcing (or even trying to encourage) a pup to walk further than they want to, I'd check with the vet, and make sure that everything is where it should be and working properly.
And as Jen mentioned, be careful of pavement temps. This is actually MORE important than air temps with a puppy. their pads haven't had time to "harden up" yet, and can be VERY easily burned. If it's not comfortable for YOU to walk barefoot on the pavement, your puppy shouldn't be either. A walk in the woods, in the shade, is a much better option on a day like that, but even then, keep it short and make sure you offer water regularly. If they want to stretch out and cool their belly on the grass or moss, let them!
Kodi has had a long-time love affair with moss... Here is a photo of him "hiding" in the moss as a puppy, and a more recent one of him just enjoying the cool moss on his belly!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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