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A question about walks

Hi all,
This may seem like a basic question but I'd like to get some input. Bear is 4 months old...how far should I be walking him on our walks? My mom walked him to the end of our road (which is not far at all) and she said he seemed tired and turned around.
Just trying to figure out some routes with your ideas
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I find with Ted it depends on the weather. He really hates the heat. When he is in the sun and its hot he will hytail it for the shade or home. He won't walk at all. In the morning when its cooler we will walk about 15 minutes. He is 15 weeks.

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I walk 5km every day with my pup and have since she was 5 months old. I go slower in hot weather and stop for water at the half way point.
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Good question. I was just wondering the same thing last night as I was walking Kallie. Just how far is too much for these little legs? Kallie's 16 weeks. I want to tire her out, but don't want to make her stiff & sore! I just keep going a little farther each time. Right now we're doing about 1/2 mile total.

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Thanks for your responses

My thoughts exactly Pat! I think I'm going to shoot for 10 min and build from there. With all of Bear's energy in the house, I was surprised when my mom said he was tired at the end of the road....but I don't want to over-work the little guy.

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I have a nice little circle that Timmy and I have been walking since I bought him home at 11 weeks, it's about 1/4 mile. In the beginning it took us a while, now when he decides he wants to walk it's much faster and we either do several loops or go further out. When we walk with our neighborhood buddies we walk for an hour sometimes, Timmy is nine months old. I think a lot of how far you walk depends on the weather. I see your from PA too, and it's been brutally hot here. Sometimes we don't even get out for a walk and just run around the yard. Be careful of the street it gets really hot and can burn feet even when things cool off a bit.

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I don't walk Rosie. Since I don't go to the office anymore I don't have anyplace to walk her. I don't let her outside the fenced area because of fleas and ticks. But we go out every afternoon about the time DH comes in. That is Rosie and Josie Wales play time. They stay out an hour or so, running and jumping at each other. If Josie won't play, Rosie does the RLH until she is panting. So I know she gets enough exercise.

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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!

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Mine looks just like Kodi sometimes. If she gets hot she finds a nice shady patch of grass and just lays down. I stop and wait until she cools down. I try not to walk when it's really hot, i either go in the morning or in the evening once it's cooled off. OUr city has put in these great doggie water fountains; Gemma can spot them from a distance and loves to have a drink during our walk. it's great on warm days.
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Mine looks just like Kodi sometimes. If she gets hot she finds a nice shady patch of grass and just lays down. I stop and wait until she cools down. I try not to walk when it's really hot, i either go in the morning or in the evening once it's cooled off. OUr city has put in these great doggie water fountains; Gemma can spot them from a distance and loves to have a drink during our walk. it's great on warm days.
Ted takes the same position when he is done. I just pick him up and bring him home, although he likes to be put down so he can run up the 3 steps to the front door! Yesterday in puppy class he took the same position when the trainer said "walk your dog" I just dragged him for a few feet and gave everyone a good laugh(slippery floor), Ted was too tired from all the rest of the class to care about walking! He is such a hoot sometimes!

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