Hello all! My first post, I can't believe I made it through 8 weeks till now without posting! What a whirlwind of stress and chewing and frustration and cuteness!
My main question right now is in regards to exercise. Watson is 5 months this week, and I want to make sure I am giving him the right amount of exercise. I am quite paranoid about over exercising, I absolutely don't want to do any long-term damage or push him further than he can go, since he can't really be trusted to rest when he needs it yet (silly puppy will go forever). Right now, I am taking him on one 30-40 minute walk a day. The walk isn't very long in terms of distance, because a lot of the time is eaten by training (sit when a car goes by or there's a person across the street or something, and training for down, loose-leash walking, waits at crosswalks, and such). He's a puller, so there's a lot of waiting for a loose leash before moving, and clicking and treating when he gives me attention. I would estimate that in the 40 minutes we only do about 10 small city blocks. At the end of the walk I'm not dragging him or forcing him or anything.
In addition to the walk, he gets as much indoor fetch as he wants/will do, and he also gets a good part of his twice-daily meals in a treat ball that he bats around the kitchen (it really makes him work for his food), and twice daily obedience training (crate, mat, come, hand touches, etc.).
Do you think I am giving him enough exercise? I am in Minnesota, so the outside walks are in cold, if that changes your opinion, but it hasn't really been below 20 or so for a walk yet, so I'm not too worried about the cold. He does love the snow.
Thanks! (here's a photo from 9 weeks old, for some obligatory cuteness)