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OK...I have done reading on GSD and I was wondering about people's thoughts on here. I am a new GSD puppy owner. I have had Aspen since he was 6 weeks. I know that is too early, but it doesnt seem to have a negative effect on him. He is 15 weeks this Sat.

My biggest question is.....how far should I WALK him? He has had all his shots, he has been to the dog park and has been in daycare since I brought him home. I was taking 1/4 mi walks. My vet told me at his 2nd round of shots that I can go longer, so we doubled to .5mi. Then one night he was showing lots more energy after his walk. So we ended up doing a full mile.

On Halloween, we went looking for the trick or treaters and walked 2mi at a very leisurely pace. He seemed fine. So...is that too much distance?
 

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LOVE his ears!! and what a great name for a white German Shepherd! My pup is 19 weeks and we have been going for nightly walks of 1 mile since 14 weeks and after the 1 mile she still wants to play ball for 20 minutes. I would just watch her, if she like it, it should be ok but just make it shorter if she seems to get tired

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Adorable pup! (and name!)

I would walk him as far as he wants to go at his own pace, but I would walk on grass or other soft surfaces to prevent wear on his bones.

Oh, and on the note of him being away from his litter too young; yes, sometimes dogs don't show any ill effects from it, but usually it's too soon to tell until they're upwards of a year old and they start displaying aggressive behaviors or around the 6 month mark when they still aren't learning bite inhibition. So, just keep your eyes open for any issues, I hope there are none!
 

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Thanks for responding. I was kinda hoping to be able to take him on a 5K walk that I will be doing Dec. I am afraid it might be too far for him.

Thanks...The day I said something about gluing the ears....they went up and never looked back...LOL He is an awesome dog and is growing every second! I blink and he already got bigger! He will be in no comparison to my sister's new puppy (Great Dane).

Your girl is a beauty!

DJ...thanks for letting e know. I enrolled Aspen in daycare so that he was still around other pups and would learn how to act. I too hope that he shows no ill signs when he gets older. Right now he is a perfect dog and I hope that he continues being like this.
 

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The day I said something about gluing the ears....they went up and never looked back...LOL
Smart pup! :)

I'd just watch for signs of him tiring out or coming up lame as you increase the distance of his walks. If he gets lame let him rest a day or two inbetween. Like someone else mentioned, walking on grass is easier on his joints than walking him on the road.

Almost forgot, cute pup!!
 

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Cute puppy! I would continue walking him as usual. Just at his own pace, though. He should be alright, just keep watching to make sure he's alright with it.
 
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