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Old 02-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read up on it a little while ago and almost all the information I read up on said that until they turn 18 months or so you shouldn't run with them that much due to their hips. So I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how much exercise is too much for a puppy. And what age is it OK to go on long jogs and such
How do you exercise your gsd puppy daily?
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Gunner is 16 weeks , he gets a 30 minute walk/ ball play in the field at 6:00am, 1:00 pm is a 3-4 mile walk, and another 30 minute walk/ ball play at 6:00 pm, He's very well behaved in the house.
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Some great info on ---> Proper Exercise for puppies

My puppies get quite a bit of exercise. But it's off leash so they set the pace.

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I let puppies self-regulate any planned exercise. IE - at the dog park, I'll walk and throw toys every once and a while - not constantly, and watch for signs that the dog is getting tired.

When it's noticeable, it's enough and I stop and let them nap.

Just don't force anything and you will be fine.
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thanks so much guys
Totally gonna use all your advice!
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I let puppies self-regulate any planned exercise. IE - at the dog park, I'll walk and throw toys every once and a while - not constantly, and watch for signs that the dog is getting tired.

When it's noticeable, it's enough and I stop and let them nap.

Just don't force anything and you will be fine.
This. I watch her like a hawk, for any signs of tiredness and let her rest, when she needs to. One time I didn't catch on, so she stopped, laid down at my feet and gave me "the look." Carrying a 30+ pound puppy for a mile is a pretty good lesson
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This. I watch her like a hawk, for any signs of tiredness and let her rest, when she needs to. One time I didn't catch on, so she stopped, laid down at my feet and gave me "the look." Carrying a 30+ pound puppy for a mile is a pretty good lesson
Thanks ill keep that in mind
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I am always very careful not to over exercise puppies especially during their critical growth periods (particularly the 2 to 9 month period) and up to about 2 years of age.

Always allow them free play (ie not on lead) so that they can stop when they are tired, you can walk them on lead but to begin with just short periods of time, perhaps starting with 10 to 15 minutes - but keep an eye on the puppy if he wants to stop and rest - he has had too much.

There is plenty of evidence suggesting excessive exercise can contribute to developing dysplasia, assuming the dog has the gene and with dysplasia being so common in this breed, there is bound to be a genetic dysplasia link in your puppies line.
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I let puppies self-regulate any planned exercise. IE - at the dog park, I'll walk and throw toys every once and a while - not constantly, and watch for signs that the dog is getting tired.

When it's noticeable, it's enough and I stop and let them nap.

Just don't force anything and you will be fine.
A dog park really?? Yes your dog park is fine but many are not! Just saying.
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Zoe spends a couple hours in the back yard throughout the day running around and playing with myself and the kiddos. She stops when she's tired... They stop when she decides chasing their feet is more fun than chasing a ball or playing with a toy.

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