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12-18-2013 01:08 PM
middleofnowhere Excersize is good for pups. My 14 week old is out with my 4 yo and they tear across the "yard" with the pup chasing the older dog. They take breaks but they run hard. Muscles help a dog handle less than ideal hips. You might choose not to go five miles with a pup but a mile should be OK for a 14 week old. HOWEVER, they get their last series of shots at about 16 weeks and it is another two weeks before immunity to things like parvo kick in so you have to be careful where you take the pup until then. That's something to keep in mind.

Either sex should be able to go the distance with you. You will want to tell the breeder what you are looking for in a dog. That will help them choose the dog with the appropriate energy level & other attributes that will help insure a good fit.

For shipping: I'd rather not have my pup in a cargo hold. I've driven 1000 + miles with a pup and I've flown 2000 or so miles with a pup. The one I flew with was small enough to fit in a carrier that went under the seat ahead of me as my carry-on bag. We had one plane change in DFW. This was where I changed the piddle pad (on the fly between concourses) worked like a charm. If you drive, your potty stops for the pup will need to be away from freeway interchanges and certainly not at rest stops. You will be looking for a place where few others have "gone before."

Good luck with this new addition! It sounds like you will have a lot of fun.
12-18-2013 12:28 PM
Neko We always let our puppy run on grass, but NEVER forced. He goes into fast running burst, than falls over on the grass and rolls around for a bit so it's stop and go stop and go. Same with walking. I would be careful until they are 18 month and than ease them into it. Ours also does too much jumping for my taste, but he is gonna do it in the backyard I cant tie him up lol.
12-18-2013 12:23 PM
boogieman065 Thanks for all the answer, everyone. I'm in a position where I would only get the dog if I am leaving the military for sure. Once I get back, I'll have less than 2 years and I won't deploy anymore.

OK, so it seems like shipping the dog will be more of a humane concern for me more than the dog fearing the long, crated flight.

I'll definitely keep myself from taking the pup out running at my pace. I'd rather be patient the first 12-18 months than have to make it suffer later on in life.

Now.... I'm researching more on the raw feeding. I usually do low carb or paleo diet for myself so it makes a lot of sense to me. It wouldn't be a big deal to prepare another 2lbs a day!
12-12-2013 04:01 PM
Rbeckett If your in Afghanistan you could stop in Washington state, pick out you puppy and take him to a vet for a check and some sedation. He will sleep most of the flight across country and arrive a tad groggy but none the worse for wear and tear. I assume you will have a 30 day leave if your military to spend bonding, so you will have plenty of time to get to know your puppy before you go back to work. What are you going to do if you deploy again is the real question. Also I tend to favor a female because they do not have the tendency to roam or escape as often because they are not being driven by that nefarious urge to procreate. Hope this helps and welcome home too!!!

Wheelchair Bob
12-12-2013 03:40 PM
Harry and Lola
Originally Posted by boogieman065 View Post
1. I know you have to ease them into it after their growth plates are set. I can still take them running at their own pace. Is it ok to run at a slower place where I'm on pavement and my pup is on grass? I'd watch its fatigue level carefully.

2. With females being generally lighter, are they more ideal for me as a running partner? I imagine a 55lbs dog can run faster and further than a 90lbs dog... But that's not necessarily true in our own species.

3. I generally live in New York, but if I buy a pup from Washington would it be horribly traumatic for it to be in the belly of the plane for that cross-country flight? I'd really like to avoid it but I'd like inputs on this. I know... I'd feel absolutely terrible regardless of whether people say they'll be fine or not.!
1. imo no, puppies should only be exercised gently and not for too long, the best form of exercise for young puppies is off lead where they can run, trot, walk at their pace and then rest when they need to. Forcing a young puppy to run may contribute towards HD and you may not realise your puppy has had enough. Walking and trotting on both grass and pavement is fine, just let the puppy choose (pavement walking will help file his nails)

2. Not sure, as long as they are healthy and within a lean weight range as an adult, you should be able to run with either sex.

3. Not sure, I personally haven't had experience with buying a puppy from another state, but I know people that have and they encountered no problems and issues from the puppy.
12-12-2013 01:26 PM
KZoppa as long as you work up to that, the dog should be fine. Just make sure they're healthy obviously.

Shipping a dog isn't going to traumatize them. My guy came from Kansas to Maryland. He was less than thrilled being in the crate more than anything. You could hear him being carried into the building despite jets overhead.

Have a friend who lives in Watertown, just in case you didn't already know, watch the dog laws there.
12-12-2013 01:19 PM
Momto2GSDs We flew to Montana and then rented a van to drive 1700 miles home with our pup! But that's just how we personally felt about it.
Here is a new site put together by Wildwolf and others from this blog that might answer questions you have about the breed and also lists breeders. German Shepherd Guide - Home

As the others have said......Hats off to you and THANK YOU SO MUCH for your service to us and our country!

12-12-2013 12:52 PM
ddrGSD88 I also live in Washington as well, when you get your puppy we should introduce both our puppies together...then again by summer my puppy will be a dog hehe. Thank you for your service!
12-12-2013 08:08 AM
Kayos and Havoc Welcome to you! There are some great rescues on the east coast with wonderful dogs needing homes.

I understand about the internet connection. It stank in Kuwait and Iraq too. Thanks for your service.
12-12-2013 07:13 AM
boogieman065 Good to hear. Thank you. I guess I'll be patient with the running if I get a young one!
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