When Can I Take My Puppy for a Walk?

When it comes to taking your adorable new puppy for a walk, it's important to consider their safety and well-being. This article covers things you need to know when it comes to puppy walking, such as when it’s safe to socialise or walk a puppy.

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Why can’t I take my puppy outside?

Until they have received a course of puppy vaccinations, pups are not protected against a range of infections, including potentially fatal diseases of puppies such as canine parvovirus. Puppies can become infected through contact with contaminated environments, such as footpaths, dog parks or beaches.

When can puppies go outside?

The safe time to start taking your puppy outside to public areas will depend on their age and the type of vaccines they have received. Your veterinarian can advise you on when it is safe for your puppy to go outside to public areas.

When can my puppy start socialising with other dogs?

Until they are fully vaccinated, puppy socialisation should be done mindfully and carefully to reap the rewards and behavioural benefits, while avoiding unnecessary risk of infectious diseases. If you’re wondering how to socialise your puppy before they are fully vaccinated, a good option is for your puppy to meet fully vaccinated dogs belonging to friends or family or to attend a puppy school.

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How far can a puppy walk?

The distance a puppy can walk depends on their age and breed. Generally, puppies have limited stamina and should start with short walks, gradually increasing the distance as they grow older. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate walking distance for your specific puppy.

How to train a puppy to walk on a lead

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Puppy lead training requires patience and consistency. Start by introducing them to the lead and collar/harness in a positive and calm manner. Gradually increase the time they spend wearing it indoors before moving to short walks outside. A key part of teaching your puppy to walk on a lead is rewarding them with treats and praise for walking calmly beside you.

Learn more about how to train your dog.

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Why won't my puppy go for a walk?

There could be several reasons why your puppy may not want to go for a walk. It could be due to fear or anxiety, discomfort from an injury or illness, lack of leash training, or simply being tired. Consult your veterinarian if the problem continues or you have any concerns about your puppy’s health.


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