I know we shouldn't run our pups on leash, but is it ok to play fetch on grass? Of course she runs when retrieving the ball. She absolutely loves it, but I don't want to damage any joints.
Happy bouncing running puppies become healthy happy active adults with good strong bones, joints and soft tissues.Originally Posted By: BlackGSDI will probably get flamed for this, but I think a lot of people are WAY too hung up on the whole exercise issue with puppies. (This is NOT directed at you Pryght.)
They are PUPPIES, they NEED to run and play.
I'm not saying folks should take them out and run them on pavement, nor should they force a puppy to exercise for hours on end on any type of surface. But let them be puppies. Not only is exercise GOOD for their bodies, it is good for their minds. (And YOUR sanity.)
My guess is if people in general would let their puppies get MORE exercise, we would have a LOT less posts about puppies doing "bad", obnoxious things. (Like barking, jumping, digging, biting, and just generally being little pains in the rear, especially in the house.)
If their bodies are SO fragile that you can't let a puppy BE a puppy, that is REALLY sad!
So to answer the origional question, YES, play fetch with your pup. Just use common sense and let her stop when (or before) she gets too tired.