New dog and need a little guidance
We rescued a second dog a few months back that we're almost positive is german shepherd/husky mix. He's about 2 and was found on the streets in Tennessee very sick. We currently already have a husky (Bella) that I bikejor with and have started to train our newest pup (Scout) to also run in front of the bike. He seems to absolutely love it and is fantastic at it, but I'm wondering how serious the potential hip issues in the GSD breed is? What is a recommended activity for them and if running like this is okay, what are the distances I should restrict him to? I'm interested to know how early you guy started your dogs on hip and joint supplements and if that has seemed to help with keeping possible hip issues at bay?
Also, we are very strict with him which is what we were told we should do with his breed and it's paid off as he's becoming a very well mannered pup considering having no manners just a few months back. But, he does have a bad habit of getting nippy and mouthy if he's overly excited or not getting his way. We say "no" and give him a tap on the nose to try and teach him to break this habit, but that has not seemed to help much. He's never bitten and don't believe that's his intention, but also want him to know he cannot behave that way.