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Today 09:37 PM
selzer Town is 4 miles away from home. I don't know how old Jenna was. 4 months? 5 months? Be we walked into town. I gave her some water at the vets. Then we set out to walk back home. I got out of town to where my long, long street starts, and Jenna sat her butt on the ground refusing to move.

I had to lift her up onto my shoulders and carry her all the way back.

New rule: Do not walk any farther with your puppy than you are willing to carry them home.
Today 09:09 PM
car2ner my boy at 5 months could go do a couple of miles along a beach and then back down along the road, and after a nap be ready for more. Watch you pup. A nice long casual walk should be fine.
Today 09:04 PM
Bmaez Took our dog for a few miles (couple of hours) of trail walking. Is this too much? 5 month old puppy
08-13-2015 07:16 AM
Gribby This post has made me feel so much better. My Obedience Trainer told me im over walking Luna.

She gets a 40min off leash walk in a gated park in the mornings and around a 30min - 1hour walk in the afternoon again on and off leash, along with some new experiences and mental stimulation.

We always have a sit down if she seems tired or scared and just soak up the environment around us.
08-09-2015 11:40 PM
selzer I like to let a puppy be a puppy. They can run about and jump and play and wrestle with other puppies that are similar in size. I do not prevent them from climbing stairs, though I have no upstairs or downstairs, so I only have a few steps. Evenso, I let the puppy be a puppy.

I do not go on forced marches or ride a bicycle with a young puppy. I do not force them to jump, and I do not push them to fetch or run after something for any length of time. Some puppies do not know when enough is enough, so we have to be realistic when we are directing exercise.
08-09-2015 09:58 PM
Thank you Maggie Rose Lee!

Like many people with a new GSD puppy, I've worried about how much exercise is too much, but mine really loves her walks. Very reassuring to watch your trail videos.

Here's Elva, still running about after an hour in the woods at nearly 12 weeks. She came home and had a lovely sleep afterwards, but didn't seem overly tired at all. A tired puppy is a happy puppy? She's certainly very calm most of the time.

06-23-2015 01:14 PM
Drunken_Unicorn I was a little worried about my pup and stairs when I brought him home. He's 13 weeks, and after a couple of days and a little bit of coaching he goes up and down with almost no problems. He does like to go diagonally though.

Some of the videos I watched on the first page of this thread were awesome!

I'll be going through this thread bit by bit. Thanks for the great info!
06-16-2014 11:34 PM
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04-30-2014 05:47 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 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by wyoung2153 View Post
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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