Worried-Over exercising 4 1/2 month springer spaniel?

by Christine
(Bristol)

I have been walking my puppy twice a day for 25 to 50 minutes since 3.5 months of age - about 1/3 is on the lead and the rest is in a field/woods. He does run a lot at a high speed.


Having read on this site this appears to be far too much and now I am worried about what damage I have done to him. He isn't tired when we get home so I thought he was ok. Have I totally messed up? How will I know if I have?


From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
Hi Christine
Don't worry, just cut back a bit and focus this time on Training him little and often.

When George was this age I would take him out for a 15-20 min walk in the morning and evening and then I would do 4-6 10 min sessions of Training in between, outside so they can run around.

Also incorporate play in that time as well as it is great exercise and really helps develop the bond.

You won't have done any damage especially if you cut back now. As for them not being tired, I know what you mean, I can take George for a 12 mile run in Ashton Court (I am Bristol based too) and he is always up for more.

Good luck and let us know if you have any more queries

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Puppy Exercise
by: Springer Rescue

The general rule for puupy exercise is 5 minutes of exercise per each month of age so as an example a four month puppy would have 20 minutes of exercise per day but as Anna says you can supplement that with little sessions of training as that will tire them more than exercise will!

Good luck and enjoy your puppy.

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