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Old 12-11-2014, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

Got a quick question on puppy zoomies. My puppy Doug is around 5 and a half months old now for the past 2 months whenever he would get the zoomies I will just let him run it out in the backyard. Thing is, he loves to just run laps around the yard really fast while jumping over a little dividing wall (2-3 feet high) onto a dirt hill on one side of the yard. So each lap consists of grass, cement, jump on dirt hill, run on a slant, jump off dirt hill, grass, then cement. What concerns me is that sometimes he runs these laps counter clockwise so he's jumping off the hill onto cement and I've been allowing it so far. Have I been unintentionally messing up his joints? He's never really shown discomfort from jumping and he's on the lighter side weighing around 45 pounds currently. I just want to make sure its okay to give him the freedom to go nuts. Should I not allow this anymore? Any insight would be awesome thanks!
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Doug seems to have made own agility course I agree with your concern about jumping down and landing on the concrete. Perhaps, you can put some sand or a mat to cushion the landing. Or get or make some of the agility obstacles like the tunnel. Doug may find that much more fun to do.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wouldn't be to concerned as it is for short periods of time, and he most likely will abort the routine if fatigued, or reroute. We have a couple of dirt and mulch piles my pups love flying up and over, and when the ground is frozen (and uneven) I often hold my breath and pray they keep their footing, lol.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For what it is worth....I have been instructed and read a bit about the significance of allowing a GSD's growth plates to mature to a significant degree with a reduced amount of impaction if possible. I am not certain as to what degree one needs to police this potential exposure to the growth plates of a GSD but in large breed dogs which grow rapidly, it might behoove you to research the topic.

A 5 1/2 month old GSD pup is hard to hold down no doubt but if alternatives can be found which might reduce any undue trauma to the growth plates while they are still developing, your pup might be better for it down the road.

The "zoomies"...LOL...always makes me laugh...perhaps some of the best free entertainment around.

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