The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Running with GSD
I think the growth plates close by a 1 1/2 yrs (or a bit earlier) x-rays from the vet show that. Our dogs continue to mature and fill our for even a few years after that.
Puppies can truthfully get a surprising amount of exercise from the day they hit your house. You can see when they are tired, they stop, or fall asleep (and are ready to go an hour later!). And the amount this takes increases rapidly the first year.
What has to be avoided is any high impact exercise (high jumps, alot of high jumps, jogging on pavement long distances) and repetitive exercise (jogging on leash).
So anything off leash is ideal, cause the pup can set the pace, slow, fast, quit......Swimming is great.
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