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Liz&Anna 01-15-2014 05:28 PM

Safe for a puppy to carry weight?
 
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Hey guys!

Anna is 4.5 months old now and about 42lbs. I'm a huge huge hiker and it is my hope that one day Anna will be able to happily go just as far as I can. I have slowly built her up to 6 miles, always careful not to push her, though it seems like she is never tired.

During my work week I will walk her for 40 minutes while doing, light obedience. I will also play fetch for what seems like hours **never ending fetch**

She has a back pack that I put 2 filled bottles of water in (one on each side to even out the weight) just looking for a way to tire her out. My question is- I know she is still growing, is this safe? She doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all

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Neko 01-15-2014 05:33 PM

I was told no backpack till 2 years. No pressure on soft joints and to keep puppy lean. And wow 6 miles is allot (to me). Play at will is all we do even now at 1 year. But someone might have a better opinion.

RiverDan 01-15-2014 05:35 PM

Everything I've read says 2 years. I've read a lot. We also like to hike.

Liz&Anna 01-15-2014 05:42 PM

Yes I don't want to damage her! She is working line though (not sure if that makes a difference) she NEVER STOPS, she won't settle in the house unless she is crated, then she will sleep but when she's out she is ready to GO, so 6 miles isn't to much to her I don't think, it's about a 3 hour hike for us. I can hold off on the pack though I don't want to hurt her


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Galathiel 01-15-2014 06:02 PM

You do realize that the more exercise you give her, the more she will require? It sounds like she already has issues with settling (mine does too at 9 months old). It might be good to work on that. I personally wouldn't do 6 miles, but others may have a differing opinion.

Neko 01-15-2014 07:03 PM

What the breeder told us is that it is very hard to raise a working dog because how much energy they have. And the reason it is hard is because owners try to over do it by making them work to burn that energy, but their body is too young for it. So damaging a dog with high drive is very easy. You have to let her pace around and play at will for her own good. This is just what I have learned from so much research, dog club and breeders.

mcdanfam 01-15-2014 07:11 PM

Cute puppy....! I can't give advice...ours also have never ending energy...we taught the place command so they would chill when we wanted, and we have many indoor puzzles to wear them out mentally. The puzzles take about 30-40 mins....and they crash hard...we do them every night before we go to bed, so they will be just as exhausted. I don't know how to post a video or you could see then solve it, after they figure it out....they win the treats hidden inside and then they are tired. We also play hide and seek, and tracking food in the house to wear them out. Seems like we could run ours all day and they would still want to run....but mental work takes it out of them....:-) That has been our experience.


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Liz&Anna 01-15-2014 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by mcdanfam (Post 4840449)
Cute puppy....! I can't give advice...ours also have never ending energy...we taught the place command so they would chill when we wanted, and we have many indoor puzzles to wear them out mentally. The puzzles take about 30-40 mins....and they crash hard...we do them every night before we go to bed, so they will be just as exhausted. I don't know how to post a video or you could see then solve it, after they figure it out....they win the treats hidden inside and then they are tired. We also play hide and seek, and tracking food in the house to wear them out. Seems like we could run ours all day and they would still want to run....but mental work takes it out of them....:-) That has been our experience.


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Do you have a YouTube account? If you post it on YouTube you can post the link here.

I do bite work with her once a week, obedience at home about 3 times a day (short periods) just started private lessons with arrowwood shepherds (once a week) along with tracking on Saturdays - I hide items in random places in different rooms of the house, she will retrieve them and we fetch forever.

To much?


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Liz&Anna 01-15-2014 07:20 PM

I don't want to create a monster, but I also don't want a bored puppy


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mcdanfam 01-15-2014 07:27 PM

I don't....but sure my girls can handle that...:-) They are the ones that found this app, and setup the account....:-) I will ask them in a few mins and see what I can do :-)

Sounds like you are doing pretty much what we are....just with toys instead if treats. The puzzles have pieces that have to be removed, after the remove the outside pieces they have to use their nose or paws to slide the pieces that cover the food. They are a pain sot store....we just stack them in the garage on the shelf, they don't fit in baskets easily....odd shapes. But so worth it, especially on rainy days! We bring all the puzzles out at one point or another...the only thing that saves us when trapped in the house.


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