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Hi all =)

My chiweenie is approximately 8/9 weeks of age. Thus far, she's only really walked around the house/yard and is tentatively learning how to use stairs (which is hilarious XD). We introduced her to the leash yesterday and she started gnawing on it. Now I can't quite remember if bitter apple is viable for a young pup or if I should just use redirection at this young age (I know my rottie isn't deterred by the taste, hence wanting options). She's mostly open to redirecting to a favorite toy but not always so just wanted some clarification.

Also - I know that puppies take a while for their bones to develop which is why walks are no-nos at early ages. I can't remember though - at what age is it okay to start taking short walks? Four months? I wanna get her started with leash walking in the house just to help her get accustomed. We like taking walks at night (Texas is too hot for daytime walks) and I'd like her to join eventually =)

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usually a puppy can walk for awhile, as long as she is guiding you!! If you see her sitting down, lying down, panting a lot, then home you go! A long walk/run needs to wait for 8-9 months until the bone plates close.
 

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Good thing I asked. I'd thought it was between 4-5 months when they could start going on a decent walk (by that I mean maybe 20 minutes :p). We'll probably hold off on anything with her for a while though as it's just too dang hot! I'll probably leash her in the house and walk around with her downstairs :)
 

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I always do short walks with a young puppy and gradually increase as they get older. I'm one to keep a carrier handy if necessary. Or even a sling would be good. As I always felt guilty leaving a new pup home too much. But Chicago is very pet friendly, I tend to not just take mine for walks in the neighborhood, but they actually go out for dinner, lunch, ice cream with me. They are even allowed to walk around on foot at J Crew and Banana Republic. So I'm all about getting mine out as soon as I can and as much as possible cause our winters are brutal! Lol
 

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The rule is something along the lines of 5 minutes for each month of the pups age, so a 4 month old should get no more than 20 minutes of exercise.
I wouldn't do 20 minutes of on-lead walking with a pup that young though, i would split it up over the day. The best thing about tiny breeds ai you can carry them, so you can still take her out and about and fully socialise her without putting any strain on growing bones and joints.
 

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Would the same apply to playing as that is exercise? My 4 mth old loves to retrieve and will do so for about 10mins about 4 times a day. And she is always jumping. Is this too much?
 

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I have read that as long as they are deciding how long they play/exercise, it is fine. The limits are mostly for asking the dog to walk/run on hard surfaces or on your tiimeline. I would be wary of jumping on/off or over things, but if she is just jumping to pounce on a toy or something, I would think it would be fine.


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