|Barked: Thu Jun 30, '11 1:05pm PST |
|Hi- congratulations on your new pup; i got my first Aussie yesterday and he is crazy but great fun!
At 10 weeks she doesn't really need proper 'exercise'. The dashing around and playing at home will use her energy for now. Over-exercising is dangerous for young pups as their bones/joints/etc are still growing, and can do damage for later in life.
Right now, being carried around in your arms (i know- they're heavy!) will be good for socialisation- getting her used to sights, sounds, places and smells she will encounter when she's older, and is really all she needs to leave the house for at the moment. After her vaccinations, there's generally a 'five minute per month' rule- so for example, at 12 weeks, a 15 minute walk will be plenty. So if you take her to a park or something, and it's five minutes walk there, you stay for five minutes and then walk home, gradually increasing the time as she grows and becomes fitter and more active. 6 months 30 minutes, 9 months 45 minutes, so on. It shouldn't hurt if you do a little more, but she shouldn't be exercised to exhaustion- they need lots of energy to learn and grow. I think it's a good rule to try to stick to... as i say, you can carry her around as much as you like really, to get her out of the house and used to everything now.
Hope this has helped. Good luck with yours- think i'll need it with mine
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