So you got a new baby? Congrats!
Adding a new fur baby to the family is one of the best decisions ever. Walking them is another fun activity you don’t wanna miss a dog mom/dad. You are excited and can’t wait to have a walk with your baby on a leash.
Walking is fun, but you don’t wanna make your little baby tired or hurt their weak joints. So how far can your 12 weeks old walk?
I had many fur babies during my life. I know more than most people when it comes to little small fur friends. I can help you.
However, you should take my words with a grain of salt. In fact, everyone’s word except your veterinarian.
That being said, let’s dive in:
Can I Walk My 12 Weeks Old Puppy?
While some vets think it’s not a good idea. Others think it’s okay to walk your 12 weeks old puppy if you think he’s (or she’s) old enough.
Not all breeds are alike and not all pups are the same. They vary in size and strength. You have to decide if your baby is old enough for a walk.
I know some puppies who are stronger at age 12 weeks, while others look young and weak. It’s all up to you, you know your baby better than anyone else.
How Much Time Can My 12 Weeks Old Puppy Walk?
Generally speaking, a 12 weeks old puppy can walk up to 15 minutes.
The general rule of thumb when it comes to puppies, which you may have heard of before, is to walk 5 minutes for every month. 12 weeks are almost 3 months. So it’s around 15 minutes.
Your puppy, theoretically speaking, should be able to walk 15 minutes.
However, it varies from puppy to puppy. You should keep an eye on and monitor your baby’s energy when walking.
If you notice he’s not enjoying it, then it’s time to go back home.
Unlike walking an adult dog, puppy walking all depends on the puppy.
How Often Should I Walk My 12 Weeks Puppy?
According to the same general rule (which is NOT science), you can walk your puppy twice a day. Two 15-minute walks.
This would make a 30 minutes a day walking. Preferably one in the morning and the other late in the day.
How Far Can I Walk My 12 Weeks Puppy?
The short answer is: it ranges from half a mile to 10 miles depending on your puppy.
In fact, it’s your puppy’s decision.
Keep an eye on the puppy’s energy level while walking and see if he’s tired. He’ll let you know when it’s enough. Let him (or her) set the pace.
If they decided to stop? Stop and wait for them to finish what they are doing.
Can I Walk My Puppy Around Other Dog?
Since your pup is still young, it’s not recommended to walk close to other adult dogs.
Sometimes dogs get aggressive and may attack your little baby. You don’t want that to happen. The best thing is to avoid
Avoid areas with dogs at all costs. Choose a time when people don’t walk their dogs. Either early in the morning or during week days.
It’s your baby’s first experience in the outside world. You should make sure it’s as pleasant as possible.
Early dog experiences shape personality, so you should be very careful what situation you put your little boy/girl in.
Long Story Short:
It depends on your puppy. Generally speaking, you can walk your puppy around your house for about a mile, or 15 minutes depending on the pace when there are no adult dogs around.
Here are 5 rules you must keep in mind when walking a puppy for the first time, or times:
- Stay away from other dogs
- Stop every 5 minutes
- Let the puppy set the pace
- Let your puppy play enough and discover the world
- Make sure the weather is good