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Sasha loves to jump. It was quite by accident we found this out. She loves to play tug and we often do it. But, this heat has made it impossible in the evenings and frankly, I get bored with tug. So, I have a ball that I was trying to teach her to fetch. She wasn't really interested in chasing the ball and bringing it back. I decided to bounce it around to see if it would catch her interest. It did. However, about the 3rd time of bouncing it, she jumped up and caught it mid air. I was shocked!! Now, that's all she wants to do. Even outside with her tug, she wants to jump for it. I admit that she's really, really good at it but at 12 1/2 weeks old, it can't be good for her hips. I tried to redirect her but she ends up laying down and looking at me with those sad eyes. She jumped at her tug today while I was walking back to the door. I'm 5'3". She jumped at least that high. What should I do? She absolutely loves it but at the same time, I need to protect her. I'm conflicted.
 

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Try to make her just jump a couple inches off the ground. That takes some skill on your part. I had to do that with frisbee. My dog would jump high and twist and do anything to catch it. It took some time for me to put the frisbee where she could catch it without the potential for injury.
 

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Try to make her just jump a couple inches off the ground. That takes some skill on your part. I had to do that with frisbee. My dog would jump high and twist and do anything to catch it. It took some time for me to put the frisbee where she could catch it without the potential for injury.
That's what I did today with her tug. I would only swing it a few inches off the ground after she released it. She laid down and sighed....and stared at me!! Anyway, I know that I need to keep it low. It makes me sad that her instinct and fun is to jump as high as she can but I have to limit it. She is a natural at jumping. I suppose all GSD's are. She also has a very high prey drive which adds to it. What am I going to do with her? She is so smart and so athletic that I feel that I will hold her back but at the same time, worry about her day and night. I am obsessed with her well being and her health which don't always sinc right. :wub:
 

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jogging

ok im still confused I was told you shouldn't jog/run your dog till older maybe 12months that this would do damage. I love to run and was even considering purchasing a dog stroller so i could still run and take the puppy with me. The ones for larger dogs are expensive so do i not need this???
 

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ok im still confused I was told you shouldn't jog/run your dog till older maybe 12months that this would do damage. I love to run and was even considering purchasing a dog stroller so i could still run and take the puppy with me. The ones for larger dogs are expensive so do i not need this???
Read thru all this thread from the start and see what we are all doing, and still have healthy happy pups.

You MUST avoid high impact exercising (like jumping your dog continuously at great heights) and repetitive exercising like jogging at the same pace on a hard surface for the first year or so.

I'm not sure how young your puppy is right now. I initially don't really 'run' with my pups, but give them and myself exercise by hiking on trails. Being able to have the puppy OFF leash takes away the repetitiveness because they can walk/jog/run/rest whenever they want. And the trail will be a softer surface than pavement.

As your pup grows, you can then start jogging and you'll see an older pup will still be able to greatly adjust their pace to run/jog/stop while you keep the same pace. Trails are still the best for this.

 

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I've been exploring boundaries with Viking as well. I took him on a ten minute walk today and when we got back he was fine and had bundles of energy (tearing at his toys). He's started to become a little destructive with the carpet, so I took that as a sign of too much pent of energy and started trying to take him out more. He's currently 7 weeks, 5 days and a ten minute walk is a breeze for him. I'm trying to think of more mentally stimulating exercises to work on, so suggestions for those would be great.

I want to try to give him some puppy experience in agility/herding. Nothing serious, I just want to see if I can find some exercises that stimulate those skills early on (sort of like how toys for toddlers are meant to build specific skills such as logic, music, art, etc). Does anyone have any suggestions for those sorts of exercises?

He sleeps a lot so I know he isn't high drive. He seems to be medium drive to me, which is good because I want to do a lot of work with him in the future and it would suck if he tuckered out too easily.
 

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Too much exercise?

My Stella is 5 months old and has alot of energy.
Every night her and I walk 2 miles through the neighborhood.
This is great exercise for both of us.

I just want to be sure that 2 miles is not too much for a 5 month old.
 

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two miles on grass or two miles on pavement?

Try and do as little on pavement as possible. Its alot harder on the dogs joints, and yours.
 

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we took my 12 week old female gsd on a 12 minute walk/jog (5 walk 2 jog 5 walk) last night and she got home and panted for almost an hour. She was fine during the walk but I will definitely take it much easier from now on, even though I thought that was quite an easy exercise already.
 

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I would not walk a pup at 9 weeks, that just seems too young. On top of that, until the pups joints have developed completely, I would avoid long repetitive exercise, especially if you have a pup from bad lines.

Even if your pups parents had good scores, you can ruin your pup by doing too much.

At 9 weeks, they don't need that much exercise. You should be working on engaging with your pup and socialising him. The aim of exercise should be getting him to use his full range of motion, without making it too strenuous. The only reason I would walk my pup at that age would be to get to a place nearby that I was going to socialise him at
 

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You know stupidly I never thought about the stairs hurting him. He was up and down the stairs pretty much from the moment we got him. He prefers spending time upstairs because of my daughter. He is nearly 6 months old now. Is this something I should be concerned about at this point?
And as far as exercise goes, we take him to my daughters school to play fetch everyday. He plays non stop for a hour and it is still not enough. We are going to start walking him as well. He loves to climb things, so eventually I would like to find something to exercise him that involves climbing. Hiking so far is the only thing I have come up with. And should I wait for that until he's older?

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So after reading the thread, Is this proper for 4 months old puppy?

Fetch session in the backyards several times a day. 10 minutes walk on pavement a day. I used to do flirt pole too but now that he grows so much bigger it gets harder to throw a long robe around. I don't want him to turn around too much so I change to fetch instead
 

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That sounds just fine for a four month old. You could do a lot more too without hurting him. Longer walks on pavement as long as it is walking. A four month old could easlily do a hike, off leash, on trails, running and playing with other dogs. Let him set the pace: if he is tired, he can slow down, or have a break and rest. You'd be surprised at how much energy he has to burn off. Longer exercise sessions at a slower pace will help the growing and development of bones and tendons more than many short sessions of maximum exhertion.
 

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That sounds just fine for a four month old. You could do a lot more too without hurting him. Longer walks on pavement as long as it is walking. A four month old could easlily do a hike, off leash, on trails, running and playing with other dogs. Let him set the pace: if he is tired, he can slow down, or have a break and rest. You'd be surprised at how much energy he has to burn off. Longer exercise sessions at a slower pace will help the growing and development of bones and tendons more than many short sessions of maximum exhertion.
Thanks for the advice! I guess we could do more hiking. After all we live right by the second largest canyon in America. We have only been there once and he got sick after that but I don't think its because of hiking. How long is appropriate for the hiking like that though?
 

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Depends on your pup, but on average a 4 month old can easily do a couple of hours at his own pace. If you watched some of puppy hiking videos at the beginning of the thread, I think MaggieRoseLee's puppy was doing two, three hours at that age?

It is very rare actually that people over-exercise their pups - most pups get vastly under-exercised. The warnings about over-exercising are aimed at people wanting to take their puppies jogging and bicycling with them on a regular basis.
 

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I got "schooled" by my vet for taking my 5 month old Ares on a two mile walk every day. We have now reduced it to about 4 to 6 blocks depending on the warm weather and his energy level. Although sometimes we go 4 blocks and he acts completely tired only to come home and dash around the yard? Go figure?
 

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Luka is 14 weeks old and he is a fetch ADDICT. He loves to retrieve anything I throw and he'll play for about 30-45 minutes depending on the day and what other exercise we've already done. I love Luka and he's a great dog, and without this exercise he'd be a wild man in the house. I also live in the desert and it's too hot (115 degrees, and that's not even talking about how hot the pavement is!) for his puppy paws while the sun is out. We play fetch in the house where he can run during the day and he goes for a medium length walk at night (around 30 minutes) once the temperature has dropped. I think it's impractical to expect dogs with such high energy to sit around all day and maybe go for a slow 15 minute walk each day. I never force him to exercise, we just play until he gets tired.

I have three stairs that go from my kitchen to my family room, and two stairs from my porch to the backyard. Luke was 9 weeks when we brought him home and we initially tried to keep him off the stairs but he taught himself to go up them quickly and down them a couple days after that. The vet says he's developing fine.

Leave all the exercise restriction to the couch potato dogs, Luka's not having any of it.
 
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