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Old 06-27-2010, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much/kinds of exercise for a pup?

I am a new member that has been recently browsing this site and from what I"m gathering,you shouldn't exercise your pup in a full out run? My pup is 8 months old and she gets two half hour walks a day but we also live on a farm and she will run beside our fourwheeler down by the creek and then play in the water and run/chase the four wheeler back up. I'm now wondering if this is too much for her? Its quite a distance back to the creek.....
Now i'm worried what might happen now/if we've ran her too much. She has always seemed to love it and it does make her a much calmer pup but I don't want her injured. What can happen when a pup is exercised too much? She's only been doing this since probably the first of May and probably 3-4 times
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Also, i feed her Iams puppy and she seems to do really well on it. I tried feeding her foods without corn in it (like just chicken and brown rice)but her poops were like water and she couldn't put any weight on but as soon as I switched her to Iams,no problems...is this an okay food? She's probably about 60 lbs and is 8 1/2 months old.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's nothing wrong with letting a puppy run as long as they control when and how much, and they're on soft ground.

What people need to be careful of is forced exercise on hard pavement-like jogging or roadworking, before the growth plates are closed.
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Agree with the top two however at the dog park near my place I watched a dog (Golden Mix?) Collapse because the owner wasn't paying attention... Probably dehydration... As long as you pay attention, the pup should wear herself out...
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. You all made me feel a LOT better! I took her for a 'run' this morning though with the four wheeler and she came back acting fine and went to lay on
the couch...but after a half hour she got up and is now limping on her back right side..I checked her paw and don't see anything and she doesn't act like it hurts....so now what? I actually took her on a shorter path than we normally go on.........
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Finn won't get his first walk until a week tomorrow (counting the days here ...) but I plan to take him across to the park, put a long line on him then just let him romp until he looks like he's had enough. Repeat a few hours later.

Right now his daily exercise consists of an hour of romping and flomping, as he wishes, in a neighbour's garden (bigger than mine), then several less energetic play times in my house and tiny garden of about half an hour each time. In between he basically just sleeps. We fit a few very short training sessions in amongst it all, just a few minutes here and there.

Eh, desperate to get him to the park! He really needs so much more now.
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hey if u get your puppies at 8 weeks, how old would u say a pup needs to be to take them for a walk around the block ???
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My new little guy who was born March 10th is already hiking several miles every day. As long as the puppy isn't doing forced exercise on pavement I think you are fine.
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hey if u get your puppies at 8 weeks, how old would u say a pup needs to be to take them for a walk around the block ???
Once it's had it's full course of vaccinations
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