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    I have a 13 week old Flat-coated Retriever (Yogi) whom I've had for just one week. We have been walking him 15-20 mins (sometimes a little more) twice a day as per our vet's advice and he seemed to enjoy this. But yesterday he walked about 10-15 mins and just refused to walk any further. He kept sitting down, I would cajole him a little further but then he just stopped altogether. (He had been walking up & down a few flights of stairs before hand - can this hurt his hips??) I didn't want to force him and therefore have a bad experience with walkies (and with me) but Im wondering if this is just a phase he might be going through or if it could be something more serious? I realise he's probably a little frightened with all the new sights and sounds but I thought an energetic dog would be pulling the arm off me to walk! (BTW when he does walk he heels really well most of the time unless there is another dog or people ahead). Should I go back to just walking him a few minutes and work it up from there? Im worried that wont be enough exercise/stimulation for him and he'll bark his head off when we're not there!
    Also when I walk him on my own he keeps stopping to look behind him like he's looking for someone, but when I walk him with my partner he doesn't do this! Is he just looking for his littermates or something?
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    Last edited by Yogibear; 10-29-2009 at 12:21 PM.

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    Hi Yogibear

    I read somewhere some rule of thumb for time walking dog was related to how old the dog was, so 15 minutes for 13 week old is probably enough in one go. One of my dog obedience club friends - wouldn't walk her rottie for longer than 10 minutes when he was young. Something to do with damaging joints too young. Can't find the exact number in my saved stuff.
    How long should I walk my puppy for each day?
    5 mins per month of age, up to about 30 mins/6 months and then probably depends on breed, breeder/vet should have a recommendation.

    Looking behind you - he's probably looking for your partner, lol. Talk to him more high pitched encouraging, and bribe him with little bits of food, if he's interested.

    Also try some calming signals. Calming Signals Community
    I've only just started trying this stuff out myself and it works!

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    Thanks Hyacinth. That Calming Signals website looks great. Im reading everything I can get my hands on to make my relationship with my dog as understanding as possible. He's such a gorgeous little guy and has done really well until we hit this walkies hurdle. I think we may have just overtaxed him as he gets a lot of play too.
    The first two nights he was home we put him in his crate (not closed in) in the living room and he yelped and barked most of the night. The second night was even worse! The third and fourth nights he got to sleep in his crate (not locked in so he actually slept under the bed) in our room and was really good and so last night we put him back in the living room expecting a repeat of the first couple of nights and all he did was wimper a few times and that was it! When I got up at 5am to let him out to the toilet (he had already done a little one on the floor) he was just playing with his Kong, doing his own thing. Im so proud of him

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    Hi Yogibear

    Have you got room for the crate in your bedroom? Puppies don't like to be on their own.

    I kept the crate in the kitchen/laundry tiled area, and Frosty sleeps in a big cardboard box lined with old pillows and bedding next to my bed. Cardboard boxes are good until you're clear of the rip everything to bits age. When she was very little I had her on a lead under me - so she'd wake me up too if she needed to go out. Now all I need is tappy tappy of claws on wood to wake me up and let her out. Mostly she lasts all night unless there is some sort of tummy upset.

    Trick is to ignore them when they're crying and praise them when they're doing what you want...

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    Yogi definately doesn't like to be alone, especially during the day unless he's had a good play and is zonked out. I never give into his cries (thank god for earplugs!) but I think he might be settling in as he only had a teeny cry last night. I am happy for him to sleep in my room but thought that sleeping alone at night might help with his separation anxiety and get him used to being alone when Im at work. We are doing some 'pretend leaving' exercises with him as well though. I'd forgotten how much hard work puppies are! Totally worth it though!

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    Hi Yogibear

    I agree with Hyacinth, no more than 15 min walks for a puppy of that age, probably only 10 mins twice a day would be enough. Stairs should definitely be avoided until he is older - too much stress on the hips. With regard to boredom try and stimulate him mentally with treat balls, kongs etc, it all helps to tire them out. My pup is 5 months old now and we have to restrict her exercise due to potential hip problems. What I like to do is take her somewhere where I know other dogs will be coming and going so at least she get some stimulation/socialisation. Having said that she is going through a psycho stage at the moment (see other post) so other dogs are becoming a bit of a problem.
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