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This thread makes me feel better. Last night I took Tucker on his first real hike. We walk on leash and off leash on the farm, and on leash when I'm staying in town, but usually no more than a mile or at a time. Occasionally 2 miles on the farm but we don't power walk. We do the occasional sprint through the field when the mood strikes us ;)

He is 15 weeks old.

Last night we hiked about 3 miles or so and I worried maybe it was too much, but he didn't seem exhausted after. He DID sleep well, however. There were a few rocky places and some river crossings, and he had one crash and burn when he decided to run instead of pick his way down a short decline (I was more afraid he would attract predators with his screaming but was no worse for wear as soon as he realized he wasn't dying :what:). Although I wonder how many campers packed up after hearing that strange animal in the woods :lol:

Tucker is a BIG pup and I want to balance enough exercise to keep him strong with being careful with his growing joints.

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Thanks to this forum I have been enjoying off leash hiking with my GSD puppy.



I've had hip issues myself due to pregnancy so having been stuck to my bed most of last winter unable to walk I'm super concerned about HD in my puppy. I am still recovering (90% back!) and also training my 2 1/2 year old son to hike with me and I love taking both hiking. When she's loose I can always see when my puppy starts getting tired so we slow down or take a short break. :)
 

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I've realized since I got Jinx that I'm really out of shape. So I've decided to start a running program. Is it safe to take her with me? She is 6 months old. I can run by the edge of a cotton field near home if it's just the pavement that's bad. Also this it's for people who don't run at all and is more walking then running at the beginning.
 

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Sorry for the big thread bump, but I had a question regarding exercising my pup. I also had heard to minimize rigorous exercise and jumping/stairs while pups are developing. Tiberius is coming up on 12 weeks now and I'm just now letting him go down stairs slowly.

I had taken him on a couple of half mile walks around my neighborhood slowly. Starting out, he heels extremely well, loose leash and walking right next to me. However, about halfway through our walk when we turn to come home, he starts pulling me. I stop every time he pulls hard and have him sit, but right when we start again he starts pulling. I was wondering if he was doing this since he was tired of walking or wanting to get home? I would limit his sniffing of "dog areas" since he has not had all of his shots yet.

Any advice would be great!
 

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I've read 5 minutes walking for each month of age. Cody is currently 7 months old meaning a 35 minute walk.

If you ask me, not NEARLY enough exercise. He gets a 20-25 min walk in the morning. A 50-60 min walk when i get home from work, and another say 10-15 minute walk later in the evening. He is still bouncing off the walks.

I just make sure he doesnt run on concrete much.
Well I have totally broken that rule. Tygo is almost 8 months old and he goes for 1/2 day hikes regularly. And like others, I live in a stair master house. Oh well. I'll report back in 10 years to see how it is going.
 

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My whole house is tile floor.....Hopefully this won't causes future issues....He is almost 20 weeks....I'm starting to lose track of his age....Something like that,.....Take him on daily walks....I try to keep him in the grass, but he will walk some on the sidewalk until I get to the pastures and woods....

When at home, we try to keep him on leash when inside. But there are times he might get the occasional roam....
 

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At four months, we walk/hike for 45 mins. to an hour in the mornings and evenings, plus 20 to 30 mins. of fetch/chasing each other around the yard at lunch. I've slowly started introducing her to jogging, where we run part of the way, increasing the intensity/distance every time. Once we build up to a full run, I'll start biking with her (probably in a couple of months, at the rate things are going). On Sundays, she gets a couple of hours of either hiking, the off-leash dog park, or a vigorous playdate with a friend's Golden Retriever.

After all of this, she still has energy to burn. (Except on Sundays, then she's all happy and tuckered out :)
 

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Ok so I have read this thread and I have a question. How do you off leash hike/ walk your pup without them running off. I am about to pick up my little girl march 20th and would love to know how y'all do this because we have plenty of yard (about 2 acre) and tons of trails around us to hike but I'm afraid if she is off the leash she will run away at any deer or squirrel.
 

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Ok so I have read this thread and I have a question. How do you off leash hike/ walk your pup without them running off. I am about to pick up my little girl march 20th and would love to know how y'all do this because we have plenty of yard (about 2 acre) and tons of trails around us to hike but I'm afraid if she is off the leash she will run away at any deer or squirrel.
You train! And follow all posted leash-laws for the area until you have confidence in your dog. That's just courtesy for other hikers if you're on public land. If you're on your own... train a solid recall, proof it, and then enjoy. :)
 

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we were supposed to wait up to one for the stairs and long walks?
im sorry, but my Kali is SUPER energetic. We took a 3 hour walk yesterday and while i was exhausted, she still wanted to walk. and she's about 3 or 4 months old.
she's so strong too, when she pulls. how could have i waited some 9 or 8 months for this?
she had no problems climbing up/down the stairs the first time she saw them. me carrying her is out of te question. she weighs some 10 kilograms [20 pounds] and i have back problems from carrying too much while moving.
 

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This is going to be an interesting topic. I try to break this into a couple of different topics that have highly varying opinions:

Stress management-i.e. things like the stair issue. what can you do in terms and relation to the development of a dog's growth plates and maturing of their bone structures. For smaller dog breeds the closing of the plates occur much sooner than the gsd or larger breeds. So the gsd/large breed owners need to manage stress induced exercises for a much longer period.

Vaccinations schedules - when during the early vaccination period can you get the puppies out and about and what you need to continue to protect them from. This can go from the (IMO) extreme of "I have to keep my puppy isolated and protected from everything until after they complete their vaccinations and get their rabies shots" to getting out and socializing after the first/second round of shotts. The timing of getting rabies also varies from around four months to six months these days.

My puppy - I allowed to climb stairs from the day he came home but I carried him down the staris to avoid stress on his joints for the first few weeks. And then he went down with a leash for a while to keep him from racing down and launching off the stairs. Next phase was placing obstacles at the bottom to keep him from launching off the bottom of the stairs. He was in a puppy class at about 11 weeks and going to a local park to run and socialize with dogs of owners who I knew but I kept him away from certain owners or dogs who I hadn't known previously. Also kept him in the center of the parks and away from the bushes from areas where the animals were likely to defecate more. He was at the regional parks and hiking/swimming in the lake at 3.5 months.
I was going to post something close to this until I saw this post. I was having my puppy run with me for about 2 minutes to run out the rest of his energy on some days. But I went to his puppy class yesterday and they told me to limit play and no running because of his growth plates. I'm very clue less since I never had this breed. Just a boxer, that needs a lot of exercise because they can be overly hyper. I'm I to wait a certain age to run or exercise with him?

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Walks are fine for now with him.. but playtime is also fine. You just need to watch the high impact type things. Running a lot on hard surfaces, jumping on and off things, up and down stairs a lot, those kinds of things. Playing with him and walking him isn't going to hurt him as long as you aren't overdoing it.
 

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Also, start researchign things on this forum in the puppy section, since you said you don't know much about the breed. Very good info there.. why a GSD out of curiosity?
 

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Also, start researchign things on this forum in the puppy section, since you said you don't know much about the breed. Very good info there.. why a GSD out of curiosity?
I was looking for a lab for my son because he has autism. The therapist said one of the best dog for that is a gsd. They are very smart and loyal. The kind of dog my son needed was a best friend one he can learn to love and would love him back no matter what. My son lacks social skills, and at 7 he has no friends. So this is a way he can have a friendship that is real and teach him how to care and love. ( which autism has a lot to do with lack of empathy) so far his a service dog for him. Hopefully perseus can alert us if he is having a overload, ahsma attack ,acting suicidal, or trys to run away.

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Stairs as early as possible. I want my pups exposed to every kind of surface, unleveled ground as possible it builds their confidence as well especially if you are doing a sport they need to be exposed to as much as possible as soon as possible


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I was a little worried about my pup and stairs when I brought him home. He's 13 weeks, and after a couple of days and a little bit of coaching he goes up and down with almost no problems. He does like to go diagonally though.

Some of the videos I watched on the first page of this thread were awesome!

I'll be going through this thread bit by bit. Thanks for the great info!
 

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Thank you Maggie Rose Lee!

Like many people with a new GSD puppy, I've worried about how much exercise is too much, but mine really loves her walks. Very reassuring to watch your trail videos.

Here's Elva, still running about after an hour in the woods at nearly 12 weeks. She came home and had a lovely sleep afterwards, but didn't seem overly tired at all. A tired puppy is a happy puppy? She's certainly very calm most of the time.

 

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I like to let a puppy be a puppy. They can run about and jump and play and wrestle with other puppies that are similar in size. I do not prevent them from climbing stairs, though I have no upstairs or downstairs, so I only have a few steps. Evenso, I let the puppy be a puppy.

I do not go on forced marches or ride a bicycle with a young puppy. I do not force them to jump, and I do not push them to fetch or run after something for any length of time. Some puppies do not know when enough is enough, so we have to be realistic when we are directing exercise.
 

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This post has made me feel so much better. My Obedience Trainer told me im over walking Luna.

She gets a 40min off leash walk in a gated park in the mornings and around a 30min - 1hour walk in the afternoon again on and off leash, along with some new experiences and mental stimulation.

We always have a sit down if she seems tired or scared and just soak up the environment around us.
 
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