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03-01-2014 04:15 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507
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You need to watch him, and learn when he's just taking a break, or really done . And it's amazing how long they can can on and how much they can do

When you appropriately exercise them and wear them out it's SO much easier to deal with them in the house.

Keep in mind MENTALLY stimulating them also can make them more well behaved and happier in the house later on. Why so many of us take them out on socialization trips, to puppy classes, and teach them tricks.

Thanks sooo much
03-01-2014 08:33 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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Right so I have to watch my pup and stop walking him or playing with him when he gets tired?
You need to watch him, and learn when he's just taking a break, or really done . And it's amazing how long they can can on and how much they can do

When you appropriately exercise them and wear them out it's SO much easier to deal with them in the house.

Keep in mind MENTALLY stimulating them also can make them more well behaved and happier in the house later on. Why so many of us take them out on socialization trips, to puppy classes, and teach them tricks.

03-01-2014 08:29 AM
misslesleedavis1 Only puppy I have ever had was dexter, he went off leash alot, and in the backyard he played with his ball until he fell asleep. We took him to the boat early on. They are sorta like little kids all the fresh air and exciting new stuff with the boat especially and he slept like a rock at night.

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02-28-2014 08:35 PM
DJEtzel Don't force any exercise. Let him choose what he wants to do through toys and puzzles and long lines.
02-28-2014 08:35 PM
ZoeD1217
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Right so I have to watch my pup and stop walking him or playing with him when he gets tired?
When Zoe gets tired (she's 10 weeks) she stops and finds a nice place in the dirt to relax If I see her go to her favorite dirt pit and the kids are still trying to get her to play I remind them that when she walks away that's her way of taking a time out and they don't need to follow her or continue to wave a toy in her face. She seems pretty good at determining when to stop.
I haven't started walking around the neighborhood yet but I assume I'll start with short walks so I don't get stuck carrying her home!

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02-28-2014 08:21 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507 Right so I have to watch my pup and stop walking him or playing with him when he gets tired?
02-28-2014 08:12 PM
ZoeD1217 Zoe spends a couple hours in the back yard throughout the day running around and playing with myself and the kiddos. She stops when she's tired... They stop when she decides chasing their feet is more fun than chasing a ball or playing with a toy.

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02-28-2014 08:04 PM
Chip18
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I let puppies self-regulate any planned exercise. IE - at the dog park, I'll walk and throw toys every once and a while - not constantly, and watch for signs that the dog is getting tired.

When it's noticeable, it's enough and I stop and let them nap.

Just don't force anything and you will be fine.
A dog park really?? Yes your dog park is fine but many are not! Just saying.
02-28-2014 05:50 PM
Harry and Lola I am always very careful not to over exercise puppies especially during their critical growth periods (particularly the 2 to 9 month period) and up to about 2 years of age.

Always allow them free play (ie not on lead) so that they can stop when they are tired, you can walk them on lead but to begin with just short periods of time, perhaps starting with 10 to 15 minutes - but keep an eye on the puppy if he wants to stop and rest - he has had too much.

There is plenty of evidence suggesting excessive exercise can contribute to developing dysplasia, assuming the dog has the gene and with dysplasia being so common in this breed, there is bound to be a genetic dysplasia link in your puppies line.
02-28-2014 04:21 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507
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This. I watch her like a hawk, for any signs of tiredness and let her rest, when she needs to. One time I didn't catch on, so she stopped, laid down at my feet and gave me "the look." Carrying a 30+ pound puppy for a mile is a pretty good lesson
Thanks ill keep that in mind
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