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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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8 week male won't walk

My boyfriend and I bought a German Shepherd puppy when he was 6 weeks, which I know is too young,I really wish they kept him longer... Anyways ever since we got him he had been clumsy. But for the last couple days walking him has been impossible! He will only walk a few steps and then he lies down. Is he just extremely lazy or should I take him to vet? I'm getting worried. All he ever wants to do is lay down.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 04:15 PM
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That's not normal behavior. Is he eating well? Does it appear he's having a seizure? Has your vet examined him? I would call my the vet immediately and ask for a same day appointment. Take a short video on your phone if you can to show them if he's not doing it when you get there. I would also contact the breeder and see if they saw anything like that when the dog was with them. What is their policy on returns if a puppy is sick?
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When you say that he'll only walk a few steps...are you talking about on a leash when you take him out for a walk? Or are you talking about when he's is in the house? Does he not exhibit any motivation at all to move on his own?

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Do you mean on a leash? Does he move around normally on his own, without any input from you at all?
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I didn't catch that. An 8 week old puppy is too young to be walked on a leash.
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I didn't catch that. An 8 week old puppy is too young to be walked on a leash.
Lol, don't tell mine that. I start a week earlier. I don't want any puppy rebellions going on here.
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I mean when he is on the leash, sorry should've been more specific... He has been walking fine on the leash for the last week and a half which we have been very surprised by, but now for the last 2 days he will only take a few steps then kinda fall down and lay there, then get up and walk a few steps and then do it again. He is very clumsy, which I have read is some what normal a this age, he for sure needs to grow in too his legs. He has been eating and drinking fine its just the laziness and clumsiness that doesn't seem right to me.

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When I get a new puppy they are seen by a vet for a well puppy check within the first 3 days. Riley was so skinny I took him the same day I picked him up.

I did leash train Riley starting at 8 weeks, but in our backyard. The training sessions were once a day for 3 to 5 minutes max.


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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 09:29 PM
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I leash train too, in the house at that age. I still believe 8 weeks is too young for walks, leashed or otherwise. They need their shots before they are out walking and they can be injured if they are overexercised at too young an age.
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Has he been seen by a vet yet since you've had him? How many shots has he had so far?

And you really shouldn't be walking him until he's fully vaccinated. You're really putting that puppy at risk.
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