12-16 weeks

  • gradually increase walking to 200 feet 

  • formal training to 2 minutes intervals

  • informal sniff and stroll sessions can be up to 20 minutes

  • no directed running, except during play as initiated by puppy

  • stairs must be supervised and limited to 1-2x per day

  • carry puppy on stairs and use baby gates

  • puppy should always have a life-jacket for swimming

  • puppy can play in shallow water, not deep water yet 

  • don't pull toy, allow puppy to tug on his own

  • enforce rest periods for puppy

18 months -2 years 

  • walks and hikes can be gradually increased to you and your dogs liking, back off if dog becomes tired or reluctant

  • running and endurance training can be gradually introduced 

  • competition swimming can be introduced 

  • dog should always have a life-jacket for swimming

  • gradually increase jumping heights to 18-24 inches

  • be vigilant to throw down some food to intervene if play gets too crazy with other dogs 

It is important that you provide age appropriate exercise for your puppy as he grows and develops. Simply having a fenced yard and letting your puppy run around for extended lengths of time is a dangerous trend and it does not fix or prevent behavior problems. At the same time, keeping puppy in a bubble is just as detrimental to puppy's development. Proper levels and types of exercise will help build puppy's mind and their body. It is important to take into consideration the puppy's age, growth plate development. There are various mind games, treat puzzles, diy agility course set-ups and more available online and on social media for various ideas to enjoy time with your puppy. When you adopt a Chestnut Hill Labradoodle puppy, we will provide you with detailed age-appropriate exercise guidelines that fit your puppy. Here are a few recommendations to keep your puppy safe and strong:

4-6 months 

  • increase walking to 400 feet at a time, let puppy volunteer to go more, stop if puppy is reluctant  

  • formal heeling/leash walking limited to 2 minutes 

  • informal sniff and stroll sessions can be up to 45 minutes

  • no directed running, except during play as initiated by puppy

  • stairs must be supervised and limited to 1-2x per day

  • carry puppy on stairs and use baby gates

  • puppy should always have a life-jacket for swimming

  • allowed to swim in shallow water if puppy volunteers, not deep water

  • enforce rest periods for puppy

12-18 months 

  • walking increased to 30 minutes on level surfaces and slow pace, IF puppy volunteers to go that far.  

  • formal heeling/leash walking limited to 2 minutes 

  • informal sniff and stroll sessions can be up to 15 minutes

  • no directed running, except during play as initiated by puppy

  • continue supervision on stairs 

  • light swimming a few minutes at a time is appropriate

  • don't pull toy, allow puppy to tug on his own

  • enforce rest periods for puppy

exercise guidelines for your puppy

8-12 weeks

  • walking 50-200 feet at a time 

  • formal heeling/leash walking limited to 2 minutes 

  • informal sniff and stroll sessions can be up to 15 minutes

  • no directed running, except during play as initiated by puppy

  • stairs must be supervised and limited to 1-2x per day

  • carry puppy on stairs and use baby gates

  • puppy should always have a life-jacket for swimming

  • don't pull toy, allow puppy to tug on his own

  • enforce rest periods for puppy

6-12 months 

  • walking on pavement kept short, but hikes or dirt/grass paths can be introduced

  • formal heeling/leash walking limited to 2 minutes 

  • informal sniff and stroll sessions can be up to 60 minutes

  • no directed running, except during play as initiated by puppy

  • ​puppy can begin stairs with good traction but should be supervised

  • puppy should always have a life-jacket for swimming, can begin retrieving into shallow water

  • don't pull toy, allow puppy to tug on his own

  • enforce rest periods for puppy