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Old 09-23-2009, 08:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I too have read and wondered about restricted exercise, but I trust my breeder and she said to let Zuzu do what she could, and let her rest when she was tired. I did and still do avoid paved roads, but at an early age, she was going on long off-leash strolls in the woods, learning to swim and playing with other pups.

She rarely slowed down during a walk or romp, but would snooze in the car and be pooped at home before recharging her batteries. we also played on playground equipment to get her used to surfaces and unfamiliar objects. She loved it all.

She started the carpeted stairs at about 9 weeks, slowly.

Now at five months, she's fit, muscular and has amazing stamina. She runs and runs on the beach after birds, swims like an otter and is calm and happy the rest of the day---mostly.

I'm lucky to have access to great off-leash areas to romp, not sure what I'd do without them!
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: JenniferDI too have read and wondered about restricted exercise, but I trust my breeder and she said to let Zuzu do what she could, and let her rest when she was tired. I did and still do avoid paved roads, but at an early age, she was going on long off-leash strolls in the woods, learning to swim and playing with other pups.

She rarely slowed down during a walk or romp, but would snooze in the car and be pooped at home before recharging her batteries. we also played on playground equipment to get her used to surfaces and unfamiliar objects. She loved it all.

She started the carpeted stairs at about 9 weeks, slowly.

Now at five months, she's fit, muscular and has amazing stamina. She runs and runs on the beach after birds, swims like an otter and is calm and happy the rest of the day---mostly.

I'm lucky to have access to great off-leash areas to romp, not sure what I'd do without them!
Sounds like your pup and mine are on the same exercise regime. And both doing just fine!!!
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Originally Posted By: JenniferDI too have read and wondered about restricted exercise, but I trust my breeder and she said to let Zuzu do what she could, and let her rest when she was tired. I did and still do avoid paved roads, but at an early age, she was going on long off-leash strolls in the woods, learning to swim and playing with other pups.

She rarely slowed down during a walk or romp, but would snooze in the car and be pooped at home before recharging her batteries. we also played on playground equipment to get her used to surfaces and unfamiliar objects. She loved it all.

She started the carpeted stairs at about 9 weeks, slowly.

Now at five months, she's fit, muscular and has amazing stamina. She runs and runs on the beach after birds, swims like an otter and is calm and happy the rest of the day---mostly.

I'm lucky to have access to great off-leash areas to romp, not sure what I'd do without them!
Sounds like your pup and mine are on the same exercise regime. And both doing just fine!!!
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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wish i saw this thread when Josie was a pup pup. My breeder did tell me, no stairs, no jumping no excessive exercise like taking the puppy out for a walk around the block. Although i did break the rule and had Josie walking in a nice easy pace around 1 block. Let her sniff the world etc.. But i did restrict her jumping. I got so worried when she kept jumping off the deck when she was playing with my husband's aunt's lab. They both ran on the deck and jumped right off and i had to keep telling Josie to stay off the deck! lol.
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Here's Glory B at 10 months old, apparently surviving all the exercise As well as a guest appearance by Bretta Lee who's turning 6 and raised the same!

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I've always thought as much exercise as they wanted is fine, just let them stop when they want. And that it was best to avoid a lot of running on pavement and unnatural hard surfaces. Even for adult dogs (and people) pounding pavement can put a lot of wear and tear on joints. In other words: off leash at a park until puppy doesn't want to run around anymore = good natural exercise, jogging miles on pavement = bad exercise . . . ?
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I've always thought as much exercise as they wanted is fine, just let them stop when they want. And that it was best to avoid a lot of running on pavement and unnatural hard surfaces. Even for adult dogs (and people) pounding pavement can put a lot of wear and tear on joints. In other words: off leash at a park until puppy doesn't want to run around anymore = good natural exercise, jogging miles on pavement = bad exercise . . .
That's a good way to put it.
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I agree. I didn't get a video camera until Halo was close to a year old so I have pictures, but no video of her running around at the park. Because she tried SO hard to keep up with Keefer I had to keep reminding my hubby to not throw the ball as much or as far as we usually did because we didn't want her to run that hard when she was really little. Swimming is great exercise because it's low impact. She started going to Point Isabel at 15 weeks old, here she is a few weeks before her first birthday:



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what about dirt roads? is it ok for them to run on it?. I take Josie down to the country road alot off leash and she loves it, she'll run on her own then stops when she wants to and walks whatever pace she wants to etc.
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Yes, that's fine - as long as she can be free to pace herself and stop as she is doing when getting tired.
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