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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Exercise and Development - Running?

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7 and 1/2 month old shepherd. If at least 5 days a week in the morning I took him on a 3 mile walk + 1 mile jog (so 4 miles total), would I be putting too much strain on his joints since he is not full grown yet?

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I am no expert on the subject, but I would wait until the dog was older so as not to do any damage to the growing process. Maybe someone with experience on this will chime in later.

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Hello,

7 and 1/2 month old shepherd. If at least 5 days a week in the morning I took him on a 3 mile walk + 1 mile jog (so 4 miles total), would I be putting too much strain on his joints since he is not full grown yet?

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Your GSD will tell you if it's too much or not. Basically, it will depend on what his development has been throughout his seven and a half months. Has he been properly developed as an athletic dog or has he been less active/exercised?

Chance is now five months old and runs three miles with me (mostly every other day), but he was exercised properly from an early age (proper muscle development without stressing his joints). He barely pants (although I would say that my pace is not exactly blistering) and could go further. GSD's are designed to maintain a steady gate for long distances, but proper early development is important.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-05-2013, 02:27 PM
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I think it is too young. The dog should be at least one year. The question is not if the dog can do it, the question is should the dog do it. The bones are not set yet at seven months and especially at 5 months. This could cause serious problems later in life. This is the mistake I made when I was 7 years old and had no patience. I'm an adult now and know better.
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Chance is now five months old and runs three miles with me (mostly every other day), but he was exercised properly from an early age (proper muscle development without stressing his joints). He barely pants (although I would say that my pace is not exactly blistering).
exercised properly at a young age? lol what does that even mean? just because your dog has endurance and barely pants doesnt mean that his bones and growth plates arent rapidly growing. it takes a human approx 18 years to fully grow and it takes a dog only approx a year. thats how fast their bones are growing. free running on grass and forced running on concrete for long periods are two completely different things. talk about incredibly bad advice (especially for a breed known for hd)
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I'm with boomer11, how/where you are running is much more key then the distance.

If it's off leash on grass, so the dog can pace itself on a softer surface, I'd say you were fine. But on leash and pavement I'd be more careful for a few more months.






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