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Old 04-23-2014, 10:07 AM
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So I have a 9 weeks old Border Collie, and I'm not sure about the length of his walks. I've read that puppies can walk 5 minutes per month of age (so 10 minutes for my puppy), but does this mean walks that would take me 10 minutes to walk alone, or walks that take 10 minutes when my little pup is sniffing around the whole way?

Also, he doesn't seem too keen on walks yet.. After 2-3 minutes he's usually wanting to go back home. Is this abnormal?
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You should be very careful about walking him off your property due to the risk of parvo. The virus can live in the ground for years, so it is recommended that you not walk your puppy off your property until after the final parvo vaxx.

After that, you're not looking to do much more with walking than socialize and get him used to a harness and leash. Short walks, at his pace, no forced walking when he's tired, no running on hard surfaces, etc.
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Sorry! I completely forgot to add that we hardly have parvo in my country, all dogs get vaccinated of course, but it's so rare that no one is worried for it..

I'll make sure he gets as much rest as he wants, and we keep all the playing and running on grass How short should the walks be?
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I still wouldn't take him off your property until a little older and fully vaccinated,not just because of parvovirus but because of the other dogs and what they can carry org have.It'll take time for him to get used to walking on the leash,but I would walk him as long as he wants to go.
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I would just take him out and let him do whatever he can do. Stay close to the house and as soon he gets tired just scoop him up and go home.

But for actual exercise walks aren't really necessary at this point. When he gets hyper just take him to the living room or backyard and let him zoom around and play with his toys for 10 minutes until he flops. Then rinse and repeat in a few hours when he's all wound up and raring to go again
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Okay, thank you guys! He does seem to have lots of energy though, as his zoomies last for a lot longer than 10 minutes..
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