Do you have to walk your dog every day?
Of course, it's not always possible to walk your dog for hours at a time every day, and that's OK.
But if you can't do it that often, you should be doing it at least a few times a week — and if you can't commit to walking your dog even once a week, then you might want to reconsider getting one as a pet.
A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e.
15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc.
Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.
How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.
Step 1: Training Your Dog to Walk on a Leash
- Introduce him to the collar or harness and leash.
- Teach a cue.
- Make him come to you.
- Practice inside.
- Take it outside.
- If he pulls: If your dog starts pulling in the other direction, turn yourself into "a tree."
It's good to lean on the side of caution and not overdo it with a puppy's exercise.
But you should be safe walking your 10 week old puppy for 30 minutes at least once a day, for example.
A half-hour is a safe distance for most puppies at 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 16 weeks, etc.
Apply similar rules to your dogs: Wait 30 minutes after a walk to feed them and at least an hour after feeding to walk them.
dogs who exercise before or after eating can develop bloat.
Mostly a problem with large breed dogs, bloat is a digestive problem that causes the stomach to blow up like a balloon.
Do you let your dog sleep in your bed with you at night? Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.
Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.
Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy's last vaccination booster – usually at around 14–16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails.