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When Do Puppies Start Walking?

If you’ve got a new puppy in your home, then you may be wondering when you can expect the little guy to take his first steps.

Well, before you know it, that pupper will be getting into everything!

Most puppies start walking at just 3 to 4 weeks old, though they are bit unsteady on their feet.

Below, we’ll go over what you can expect with your puppy learning to walk.

When Puppies Start Standing

Much like baby humans, puppies first learn to stand on their own before being able to take steps to walk.

With the first two weeks to three weeks, your puppy should be a pro at standing on those cute little legs.

Of course, they are still a bit wobbly as they are getting used to standing on their own.

puppy taking first steps

When Puppies Take Their First Steps

After mastering standing on their own, your puppy will attempt to try walking.

It will take a little work, but you will start to see him wobbling around within just 3 weeks to 4 weeks.

This is when the puppy will start wanting to explore the area around him a little bit.

You won’t see your puppy being good at walking until he is between 4 weeks old and 5 weeks old.

And even then he won’t be a pro at walking.

That comes later.

When your puppy is between 16 weeks old and 18 weeks old is when he is really a pro at walking.

He will be walking around your home, so you’ll want to make sure that it is puppy proofed before this stage starts!

When Can Your Puppy Start To Go Outside On Walks

Though you may be anxious to get out there with your new pup, you need to wait until the little doggo is ready for a lengthy walk.

Anywhere between 14 weeks old and 18 weeks old is when you can take your puppy outside for his first walk.

They key is to not take the puppy on a walk until you can tell that he is a pro at walking.

How Far or Long Should Your Puppy Walk?

As you might expect, those first few walks that you take your puppy on should not be long ones.

Aim for walks that are 15 minutes to 30 minutes in length as the max.

Just pay attention to your puppy so that you don’t keep him out too long.

Because some breeds, like those with high energy levels, can walk for longer than calmer breeds.

Final Word

If you’re a new puppy owner, then you’re now better equipped to know the limitations of your puppy’s walking abilities.

Just remember that the timelines above are averages and your puppy may start walking sooner or later and that is okay.

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