|03-03-2014 01:30 PM|
|03-03-2014 01:05 PM|
|Daisyline||Ok so I have read this thread and I have a question. How do you off leash hike/ walk your pup without them running off. I am about to pick up my little girl march 20th and would love to know how y'all do this because we have plenty of yard (about 2 acre) and tons of trails around us to hike but I'm afraid if she is off the leash she will run away at any deer or squirrel.|
|02-28-2014 03:11 PM|
At four months, we walk/hike for 45 mins. to an hour in the mornings and evenings, plus 20 to 30 mins. of fetch/chasing each other around the yard at lunch. I've slowly started introducing her to jogging, where we run part of the way, increasing the intensity/distance every time. Once we build up to a full run, I'll start biking with her (probably in a couple of months, at the rate things are going). On Sundays, she gets a couple of hours of either hiking, the off-leash dog park, or a vigorous playdate with a friend's Golden Retriever.
After all of this, she still has energy to burn. (Except on Sundays, then she's all happy and tuckered out
|01-25-2014 06:43 PM|
My whole house is tile floor.....Hopefully this won't causes future issues....He is almost 20 weeks....I'm starting to lose track of his age....Something like that,.....Take him on daily walks....I try to keep him in the grass, but he will walk some on the sidewalk until I get to the pastures and woods....
When at home, we try to keep him on leash when inside. But there are times he might get the occasional roam....
|01-13-2014 12:40 PM|
|01-13-2014 12:26 PM|
Sorry for the big thread bump, but I had a question regarding exercising my pup. I also had heard to minimize rigorous exercise and jumping/stairs while pups are developing. Tiberius is coming up on 12 weeks now and I'm just now letting him go down stairs slowly.
I had taken him on a couple of half mile walks around my neighborhood slowly. Starting out, he heels extremely well, loose leash and walking right next to me. However, about halfway through our walk when we turn to come home, he starts pulling me. I stop every time he pulls hard and have him sit, but right when we start again he starts pulling. I was wondering if he was doing this since he was tired of walking or wanting to get home? I would limit his sniffing of "dog areas" since he has not had all of his shots yet.
Any advice would be great!
|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.
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