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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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To much exercise?

Hey guys, I have an 11 week old pup, and I'm a huge hiker, she has TONS of energy and has been really good on 3 mile walks my question, is that to long to walk a puppy? It actually doesn't had much of an effect on her, but I'm curious about doing damage to her as she grows, advice?



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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 09:25 PM
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I'm new to GSD's still but I'd say that's too far for an 11 week old pup.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 12:15 AM
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i wouldn't walk/hike 3 miles with an 11 week old pup.
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I would and have walked that far with every single puppy and foster puppy I've ever had. Walking will not hurt a pup. My Chama (who lived to be 14+) was going on backpacking trips at that age (and hiking full days).

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That's a little too much IMO.... My pup is 7 months and I don't walk him more than 2 miles.

I like jogging and the outdoors but my pup is still young. As he gets older I'll begin to increase the distance accordingly.
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My pups at 8 weeks were hiking that long....

As long as your not pushing your puppy, stopping when they stop and allowing the pup to at his/her own pace, I don't see an issue.

It's forced exercise that is the issue.

My pups at 11 weeks were going on all-day hikes on pretty rough terrain and enjoying every minute of it. I kept an eye on them and their condition but usually I tired before they did.

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I agree that some pups can hike that distance. Let the pup set the speed and prepare to cut a planned hike short should the pup show behavior that indicates it's not liking the walk anymore.


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I started doing 3 mile walks with my puppy when he was 14 weeks old.

I am sure he could have done 3 miles at 11 weeks of age as well.

If your puppy is keeping up with you and not dragging behind then I would think it's ok.

Does your puppy have all of it's shots though? I think we finished our last round of shots at 13 or 14 weeks of age.

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when we go hiking I take the long lead and let Roxy set the pace. If I feel she's getting tired I ask her if she's ready to go home...if she is she turns around and we leave..if she's not ready she keeps going..this is how I've been doing hikes since we brought her home..she's now 9 months and I still pretty much let her set the pace.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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I don't force her, she starts running! And gradually slows down and I normally have her on 15 foot training lead and just kind of let her do her thing, I give lots of breaks and plenty of water and she loves it, she carries tree branches the entire way also If she gets tired I carry her, that's not an issue I only want what's best, also she's up to date on everything, not finished with vaccines yet but is where she should be, we hike the AT and rarely pass other dogs or people for that matter To much exercise?-imageuploadedbypg-free1384545047.193498.jpg

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