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Yesterday 04:20 AM
a_ndre I had the same doubt and after to talk with some trainner they all just say that excessive exercise is when the dog begins to want to stop and sit and you continue to insist with him, there you should stop and have a rest. My puppy with 3 months go hiking several miles and she is always chasing our adult dog and in the end she still want to play a bit more. When they are young, what all the recommend is not to walk in too soft ground like beach sand, too mud or snow.
05-14-2016 02:07 AM
pawpower I'm so glad I saw this thread. I too kept hearing about restricted exercise, but man, Shadow has so much energy that he plays hard and runs around the house with our older rescue dog Pepper.
02-09-2016 07:05 AM
car2ner
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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.

good advice Same goes for senior dogs. I had an old gal stop and need a rest on the opposite side of the park from where the car was...and she was way too large to carry! So we both took a break.
02-08-2016 08:37 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.
02-08-2016 08:09 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.
02-08-2016 08:04 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 06:16 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 10:40 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 08:58 PM
Amshru
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 12:14 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!
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