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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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When to let them jump?

So I know pups aren't supposed to do any jumping up/down. I have been very careful about lifting Rocket out of the car, and we've been half lifting him in since the Suburban is so high and awkward for him to try to learn (he rides in the seat part so he can be harnessed). I say "UP!" and pat my hand, and he puts his front paws on and I lift his rear. He's 5 1/2 months, and probably close to 60lbs or so.

The other morning, I got him to jump UP on the bed, after the 3rd try. He didn't make the first two, but seemed game to try again. Is up jumping ok? He's getting a bit big for us to keep lifting up into the rig, LOL. When can he jump down? I have always been careful of my dogs and jumping, but at some point it's relatively ok, isn't it? Is there an age recommendation, like a year and a half?
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Kopper's been jumping in and out of the Suburban since he was 6 months old. I'm NOT lifting a 75lb dog into the car. My 'burban is lowered a bit though.

I tend to think that a dog with good conformation and healthy joints shouldn't have a problem jumping into and out of the car occasionally. If he were jumping in and out 17 times a day it might be a different story.


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maybe a ramp.
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Hmmm. Ramp would be hard in the seating area.

Thanks Emoore. I will play it by ear and instinct for when I feel he's physically ready. Or when I can't lift him anymore, which ever comes first.
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I never discouraged any of my dogs from jumping as puppies (except for on people.) However, Im sure by now its okay to let him jump.

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I'm still lifting Havoc's butt into the car.
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How old is he? LOL

The breeder advised me to wait, said it could blow his shoulders out. I figured I just wait until he had the size and muscle to handle it.
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Havs will be a year on Dec. 3rd. He is 85 lb.s. I think that he's just used to being lifted and the Juke has small back doors. He jumps on and off the bed which is pretty high and the landing is on hardwood. I'm very protective as my old dogs, Troi and Crusher, had chronic joint problems and multiple surgeries. I carried him on the stairs until he was four months old and bitey.
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