Casey, toy poodle - RIP 11/06/2003 to 02/23/2021
I follow the same 5 minutes per month rule. On the one hand puppies have so much energy to burn off; on the other hand they exhaust themselves easily.I interpret them within the general rule of thumb for puppy exercise, which is 5 mins of exercise per month of puppy age, up to twice a day.
So a four-month-old puppy can tolerate 20 minutes of physical exercise twice a day. Using the Puppy Culture guidelines, that would be two Sniff ‘n’ Strolls. It could also be two 100-200 ft “sustained” walks, with some grassy playtime before or after to pad each session to 20 minutes.
Not only do these guidelines protect a puppy’s joints and growing bones, they force you to get creative with mental exercise and prevent you from building puppy’s stamina to an unsustainable degree.
I have these water bottles attached to a bowl that sling over my shoulder. But when it's hot out, I don't walk my dog so long that she needs that water. On hot days I stay in the shade and only walk for her to do her business plus a little play. Then back inside.
Have you considered getting one of those little hard plastic toddler pools for your yard? Or putting a lawn sprinkler outside? I suspect your pup will have a blast. Have a towel handy. Lol.