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Pip has just had had his final shots (12 weeks old), so can start to go out soon. I want to get out as much as possible, both for his socialisation and to burn off some of his seemingly boundless energy. He's a rescue and had very little socialisation previously until he came to me. However i don't want to overdo it as i'm sure the outside world will be quite scary for him. Also i've been told too much exerise isn't good at this age. How do i balance this? How long each day should we be out? Are sort and frequent trips out better? I intend to take him to the park/petstore/friends houses etc. I know i shouldn't pick him up (he's already quite heavy) or give attention/treats when he's scared as this just encourages fearful behaviour, its gonna be tough to ingnore him though. Also he hasn't been near traffic so how should i deal with that? For instance he froze in the rescue centre and vets car parks something that could be dangerous when crossing a busy road - not that we have too many near here. I know lots of questions, any help greatly appreciated.
 

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Pip has just had had his final shots (12 weeks old), so can start to go out soon. I want to get out as much as possible, both for his socialisation and to burn off some of his seemingly boundless energy. He's a rescue and had very little socialisation previously until he came to me. However i don't want to overdo it as i'm sure the outside world will be quite scary for him. Also i've been told too much exerise isn't good at this age. How do i balance this?
That isn't quite correct. Actually, puppies like Pip should be allowed as much exercise as they want - just don't force him. When he flattens out, it's time to end the session.

If you have a large fenced in yard, Pip will get all the exercise he needs running around in the yard.

How long each day should we be out?
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Are sort and frequent trips out better?
Pip can go on short socialization walks around the neighborhood so he gets acclimated - but hold off on the exercising walking for a few weeks. There is always an element of forcing in an exercise walk and your pup doesn't need that yet. Running, jogging and biking should be held off until he is quite a bit older.

I intend to take him to the park/petstore/friends houses etc.
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I know i shouldn't pick him up (he's already quite heavy) or give attention/treats when he's scared as this just encourages fearful behaviour, its gonna be tough to ingnore him though. Also he hasn't been near traffic so how should i deal with that? For instance he froze in the rescue centre and vets car parks something that could be dangerous when crossing a busy road - not that we have too many near here.
Don't make a big deal about it and he won't either. Pups react to large noisy things and to new noises in general so don't force the issue but don't be overprotective either. The more casual you are about it will be communicated to your pup without any action on your part - he will read it in your body language and facial expressions.
 
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