Here is a rough guide for puppies that mature at the typical speed of a lab:
Nothing on leash at all until about 3 months old except walking.
3-6 months: let him run along but no pushing him to keep up by pulling on the leash, max. 1 mile
6-12 months: still nothing more than 2 miles unless off leash and he can stop whenever he wants
12-18 months: dog is now closer to physical maturity and can go along for about 3 miles, but avoid running in hot weather/middle of day in summer
over 18 months: dog is physcially (though not emotionally) mature and can handle running longer distances as long as you build him up gradually the way you would for yourself
Be aware that dogs bond strongly and will almost kill themselves to keep up with their owners, which is why it is often a very bad idea to exercise the dog with a bike, or worse from a car.
If you make a dog exercise, especially continuous running, especially on hard surfaces before physical maturity expect orthopedic problems later on which labs are prone to anyhow.
Hope that helps,
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/15/2012 (23:13)
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