|Barked: Mon Jun 24, '13 9:33am PST |
|I had the exact same question when I first got my dog. Hes a lab collie mix (4 months) and I was worried about putting too much strain on him. Best thing is to read your puppies signs and stop when he starts lagging or getting nippy. My guy usually does about 3 to 4 hours of free play on our property at intervals. He loves ripping around in the forest, tall grass, playing in the river and a little bit of fetch. He usually gets tired and puts himself to sleep or rests by grabbing a chew toy for a bit. I'll bet you cant provide enough exercise to push him beyond his limits BUT I would caution against a lot of running as in you with a leash on a roadway as has already been mentioned, or extended hiking. I also wouldn't encourage my dog to play like a maniac with a high energy adult dog as he would play beyond his limit and over exert himself in his ecstasy but your dude is old enough to keep up I would say.
You'll be the best judge to know your dog. We took my dog on holidays this past weekend and we walked the local market for a couple hours and he was pooped!
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