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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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04-04-2014 12:46 PM
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 12:44 PM
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 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by Kayla's Dad View Post
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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