If you’re like we were several years ago, you’re just now learning that you’ve been doing it wrong. If this is your first adventure in puppy ownership, you’ll get it right from the start.
I’ll just say it: puppies don’t come home with you and instantly become your running or hiking partner. Not at 8 weeks, not at 16 weeks, and not even at 8 months! Puppies bones aren’t fully formed until they are 18 months of age, so they should only have minimal exercise until that time comes, or you risk harming their growth. I know that’s tough to comprehend, but trust your breeder.
Your puppy would benefit most from consistency in all areas, but also including exercise. Three activity sessions a day will not only help you and your puppy bond with one another, but it’ll also tire the puppy out and allow you a bit of a break from time to time. Maybe a few short walks, then change it up for a short training session. Or spend a few minutes playing tug or throwing a ball.
It’s important to remember that even though a Samoyed is a working breed that loves to trek for long distances, that type of activity should wait until your puppy has fully grown; at least 18 months to 2 years. Even if he or she can keep up at 4 months. Her joints and bones aren’t ready for that strenuous activity. Experts have said that too much exercise for a young dog can be as detrimental as not enough.
When you first get your puppy , take him for short walks at first and let it double as training time to work on leash manners. Gradually increase the distance of your route by small increments and take frequent breaks. Avoid walks during the coldest or warmest parts of the day. Soft surfaces like grass or dirt are easier on your puppy’s joints than sidewalks or paved roads.
There will be plenty of time for long runs on the beach or mountain hikes later. Maybe your Samoyed will even grow up to enjoy weight pulling or skijoring or sled racing!