The Puppy Adventures

Individually tailored adventures for puppies and small breeds under the age of 12 months. Puppies and young dogs who haven’t yet grown into an adult require less exercise and need to develop their social skills. This adventure is more focused on puppy socialisation with gentle walking that’s suitable for younger dogs.

Suitable for: Puppies and small dogs below 12 months of age.

Are you a proud new puppy owner looking for some help with puppy socialisation?

If you’re the proud owner of a puppy, congratulations on your new addition to the family.

Whilst these are exciting times, looking after a puppy is a huge responsibility and it’s important you do everything necessary to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-behaved dog.

One of the things you will need to consider is puppy socialisation. This isn’t just about your pup mixing with other dogs; it’s also about introducing them to new surroundings, noises, sights and people using positive experiences through their development stages.

A great way of doing this is to walk your puppy once a day so they can experience different surface textures, smell a variety of scents, meet other people and dogs, and explore the world around them.

However, unlike adult dogs, puppies are still growing until around the age of 12 months (although this can be slightly less for small breeds and up to 24 months for very large breeds). Therefore, it’s never a good idea to over-exercise your puppy as this will put unnecessary strain on growing joints and could cause problems later on in life.

The recommended amount of time to exercise a puppy is five minutes per month of age, so on a Small Paws Outdoors Puppy Adventure, I tailor your dog’s walk to ensure they’re getting adequate exercise in a variety of locations based on your puppy’s age and requirements. The remaining time is spent getting them used to a lead, going in the crate, travelling in the car, some basic recall training and, of course, giving them plenty of love, affection and cuddles to get them used to being handled in a positive way.

Furthermore, if you sign your dog up to my Puppy Adventures and continue to stay with Small Paws Outdoors, you will continue to receive a discounted rate on the full price of an adult adventure once your dog reaches 12 months of age.

Puppy Walking Guidelines

  • Your puppy must have completed their vaccination course and be fully vaccinated before venturing outside on a Puppy Adventure;

  • Please speak to your vet when your puppy completes their vaccination course to find out the recommended time before they can start going out for walks. This is usually 1 – 2 weeks after their final vaccination; however, I recommend two weeks as a minimum to ensure they’re fully protected from disease when coming out on an adventure;

  • Your puppy should not be fed prior to walking as this can contribute to bloat (a serious condition that can be life threatening).

Puppy Walking Times

Not enough exercise and mental stimulation for your puppy can be just as damaging as too much exercise, so I base my walks on the following timings. Please note, these are just a rough guide, so if you have any specific concerns about your puppy, please ensure you let me know, so I can adjust your dog’s exercise accordingly.

Puppy walking periods will be assessed individually depending on your dog’s abilities, age and energy levels. Please note the following timings will be used as a guide:

Age Walking Times (Minutes) Additional Socialisation Time (Minutes) 
Months Weeks   
40-minute adventures 
4 16 – 21 20 20 
5 22 – 25 25 15 
6 26 – 29 30 10 
45-minute adventures 
7 30 – 34 35 10 
8 35 – 38 40 5 
1-hour adventures
9 39 – 43 45 15 
10 44 – 47 50 10 
11 48 – 51 55 5 
12 52 / 1 Year 60 Upgrade to full adventure 

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