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06-16-2014 10:34 PM
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04-30-2014 04:47 PM
mydogs Stairs as early as possible. I want my pups exposed to every kind of surface, unleveled ground as possible it builds their confidence as well especially if you are doing a sport they need to be exposed to as much as possible as soon as possible


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04-04-2014 11:57 AM
Diesel7602
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Also, start researchign things on this forum in the puppy section, since you said you don't know much about the breed. Very good info there.. why a GSD out of curiosity?
I was looking for a lab for my son because he has autism. The therapist said one of the best dog for that is a gsd. They are very smart and loyal. The kind of dog my son needed was a best friend one he can learn to love and would love him back no matter what. My son lacks social skills, and at 7 he has no friends. So this is a way he can have a friendship that is real and teach him how to care and love. ( which autism has a lot to do with lack of empathy) so far his a service dog for him. Hopefully perseus can alert us if he is having a overload, ahsma attack ,acting suicidal, or trys to run away.

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04-04-2014 11:46 AM
wyoung2153 Also, start researchign things on this forum in the puppy section, since you said you don't know much about the breed. Very good info there.. why a GSD out of curiosity?
04-04-2014 11:44 AM
wyoung2153 Walks are fine for now with him.. but playtime is also fine. You just need to watch the high impact type things. Running a lot on hard surfaces, jumping on and off things, up and down stairs a lot, those kinds of things. Playing with him and walking him isn't going to hurt him as long as you aren't overdoing it.
04-04-2014 11:33 AM
Diesel7602
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This is going to be an interesting topic. I try to break this into a couple of different topics that have highly varying opinions:

Stress management-i.e. things like the stair issue. what can you do in terms and relation to the development of a dog's growth plates and maturing of their bone structures. For smaller dog breeds the closing of the plates occur much sooner than the gsd or larger breeds. So the gsd/large breed owners need to manage stress induced exercises for a much longer period.

Vaccinations schedules - when during the early vaccination period can you get the puppies out and about and what you need to continue to protect them from. This can go from the (IMO) extreme of "I have to keep my puppy isolated and protected from everything until after they complete their vaccinations and get their rabies shots" to getting out and socializing after the first/second round of shotts. The timing of getting rabies also varies from around four months to six months these days.

My puppy - I allowed to climb stairs from the day he came home but I carried him down the staris to avoid stress on his joints for the first few weeks. And then he went down with a leash for a while to keep him from racing down and launching off the stairs. Next phase was placing obstacles at the bottom to keep him from launching off the bottom of the stairs. He was in a puppy class at about 11 weeks and going to a local park to run and socialize with dogs of owners who I knew but I kept him away from certain owners or dogs who I hadn't known previously. Also kept him in the center of the parks and away from the bushes from areas where the animals were likely to defecate more. He was at the regional parks and hiking/swimming in the lake at 3.5 months.
I was going to post something close to this until I saw this post. I was having my puppy run with me for about 2 minutes to run out the rest of his energy on some days. But I went to his puppy class yesterday and they told me to limit play and no running because of his growth plates. I'm very clue less since I never had this breed. Just a boxer, that needs a lot of exercise because they can be overly hyper. I'm I to wait a certain age to run or exercise with him?

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03-09-2014 01:40 PM
Me_and_Kali we were supposed to wait up to one for the stairs and long walks?
im sorry, but my Kali is SUPER energetic. We took a 3 hour walk yesterday and while i was exhausted, she still wanted to walk. and she's about 3 or 4 months old.
she's so strong too, when she pulls. how could have i waited some 9 or 8 months for this?
she had no problems climbing up/down the stairs the first time she saw them. me carrying her is out of te question. she weighs some 10 kilograms [20 pounds] and i have back problems from carrying too much while moving.
03-03-2014 12:30 PM
marbury
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Ok so I have read this thread and I have a question. How do you off leash hike/ walk your pup without them running off. I am about to pick up my little girl march 20th and would love to know how y'all do this because we have plenty of yard (about 2 acre) and tons of trails around us to hike but I'm afraid if she is off the leash she will run away at any deer or squirrel.
You train! And follow all posted leash-laws for the area until you have confidence in your dog. That's just courtesy for other hikers if you're on public land. If you're on your own... train a solid recall, proof it, and then enjoy.
03-03-2014 12:05 PM
Daisyline Ok so I have read this thread and I have a question. How do you off leash hike/ walk your pup without them running off. I am about to pick up my little girl march 20th and would love to know how y'all do this because we have plenty of yard (about 2 acre) and tons of trails around us to hike but I'm afraid if she is off the leash she will run away at any deer or squirrel.
02-28-2014 02:11 PM
DellaWrangler At four months, we walk/hike for 45 mins. to an hour in the mornings and evenings, plus 20 to 30 mins. of fetch/chasing each other around the yard at lunch. I've slowly started introducing her to jogging, where we run part of the way, increasing the intensity/distance every time. Once we build up to a full run, I'll start biking with her (probably in a couple of months, at the rate things are going). On Sundays, she gets a couple of hours of either hiking, the off-leash dog park, or a vigorous playdate with a friend's Golden Retriever.

After all of this, she still has energy to burn. (Except on Sundays, then she's all happy and tuckered out
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