|11-12-2013 12:49 PM|
|Phantom||I've realized since I got Jinx that I'm really out of shape. So I've decided to start a running program. Is it safe to take her with me? She is 6 months old. I can run by the edge of a cotton field near home if it's just the pavement that's bad. Also this it's for people who don't run at all and is more walking then running at the beginning.|
|09-28-2013 11:15 AM|
Thanks to this forum I have been enjoying off leash hiking with my GSD puppy.
I've had hip issues myself due to pregnancy so having been stuck to my bed most of last winter unable to walk I'm super concerned about HD in my puppy. I am still recovering (90% back!) and also training my 2 1/2 year old son to hike with me and I love taking both hiking. When she's loose I can always see when my puppy starts getting tired so we slow down or take a short break.
|08-05-2013 10:00 AM|
This thread makes me feel better. Last night I took Tucker on his first real hike. We walk on leash and off leash on the farm, and on leash when I'm staying in town, but usually no more than a mile or at a time. Occasionally 2 miles on the farm but we don't power walk. We do the occasional sprint through the field when the mood strikes us
He is 15 weeks old.
Last night we hiked about 3 miles or so and I worried maybe it was too much, but he didn't seem exhausted after. He DID sleep well, however. There were a few rocky places and some river crossings, and he had one crash and burn when he decided to run instead of pick his way down a short decline (I was more afraid he would attract predators with his screaming but was no worse for wear as soon as he realized he wasn't dying :what. Although I wonder how many campers packed up after hearing that strange animal in the woods :lol:
Tucker is a BIG pup and I want to balance enough exercise to keep him strong with being careful with his growing joints.
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|07-07-2013 07:49 PM|
Luka is 14 weeks old and he is a fetch ADDICT. He loves to retrieve anything I throw and he'll play for about 30-45 minutes depending on the day and what other exercise we've already done. I love Luka and he's a great dog, and without this exercise he'd be a wild man in the house. I also live in the desert and it's too hot (115 degrees, and that's not even talking about how hot the pavement is!) for his puppy paws while the sun is out. We play fetch in the house where he can run during the day and he goes for a medium length walk at night (around 30 minutes) once the temperature has dropped. I think it's impractical to expect dogs with such high energy to sit around all day and maybe go for a slow 15 minute walk each day. I never force him to exercise, we just play until he gets tired.
I have three stairs that go from my kitchen to my family room, and two stairs from my porch to the backyard. Luke was 9 weeks when we brought him home and we initially tried to keep him off the stairs but he taught himself to go up them quickly and down them a couple days after that. The vet says he's developing fine.
Leave all the exercise restriction to the couch potato dogs, Luka's not having any of it.
|06-01-2013 12:16 AM|
|Beckch||I got "schooled" by my vet for taking my 5 month old Ares on a two mile walk every day. We have now reduced it to about 4 to 6 blocks depending on the warm weather and his energy level. Although sometimes we go 4 blocks and he acts completely tired only to come home and dash around the yard? Go figure?|
|04-16-2013 05:01 PM|
Depends on your pup, but on average a 4 month old can easily do a couple of hours at his own pace. If you watched some of puppy hiking videos at the beginning of the thread, I think MaggieRoseLee's puppy was doing two, three hours at that age?
It is very rare actually that people over-exercise their pups - most pups get vastly under-exercised. The warnings about over-exercising are aimed at people wanting to take their puppies jogging and bicycling with them on a regular basis.
|04-16-2013 03:26 PM|
|04-16-2013 01:55 PM|
|Castlemaid||That sounds just fine for a four month old. You could do a lot more too without hurting him. Longer walks on pavement as long as it is walking. A four month old could easlily do a hike, off leash, on trails, running and playing with other dogs. Let him set the pace: if he is tired, he can slow down, or have a break and rest. You'd be surprised at how much energy he has to burn off. Longer exercise sessions at a slower pace will help the growing and development of bones and tendons more than many short sessions of maximum exhertion.|
|04-16-2013 01:17 PM|
So after reading the thread, Is this proper for 4 months old puppy?
Fetch session in the backyards several times a day. 10 minutes walk on pavement a day. I used to do flirt pole too but now that he grows so much bigger it gets harder to throw a long robe around. I don't want him to turn around too much so I change to fetch instead
|03-25-2013 05:59 AM|
Re: Proper Exercise for puppies
You know stupidly I never thought about the stairs hurting him. He was up and down the stairs pretty much from the moment we got him. He prefers spending time upstairs because of my daughter. He is nearly 6 months old now. Is this something I should be concerned about at this point?
And as far as exercise goes, we take him to my daughters school to play fetch everyday. He plays non stop for a hour and it is still not enough. We are going to start walking him as well. He loves to climb things, so eventually I would like to find something to exercise him that involves climbing. Hiking so far is the only thing I have come up with. And should I wait for that until he's older?
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