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Old 10-30-2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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I could swear I saw something a while ago about this, but I can't find it anywhere, so I apologize if this is a repeat post.

We have a 5 month old Mini Australian Shepherd. Her name is Abbie. How much exercise is too much for her? I've looked around on the Internet, and all I can find are things that say to be careful not to exercise puppies too much, but they don't say how much is too much. Here's some things I'm wondering about.

Abbie loves to play fetch. If you throw a ball across the yard, she'll run at top speed to get it and bring it back to you. Should we be doing this with her? If it's O.K., should we stop after a certain number of minutes?

Abbie also loves to play chase -- she likes to be the one being chased. She will run around the yard as fast as her little legs can go. She'll go like that for 5 or more solid minutes. Sometimes, she runs around the yard like that even if there's no one chasing her. Is it O.K. for her to run at top speed like that?

How long should her walks be? We take her for a walk once a day. A walk for her is actually a trot. She has her little legs going as fast as they can without actually breaking into a run. How long is too long for her to be "walking" like that?

And finally, this isn't actually exercise, but she loves to jump up on the furniture. We don't want her on the furniture, so we're working on the "off" command which she is learning pretty well. However, this requires her to jump off the furniture which about 18 - 24 inches high. Is it O.K. for her to do that?

Any thoughts on all of this would be greatly appreciated.

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Just take it easy on her while she is growing and you will be fine, In other words do not constantly run your pup, running is ok with in reason. Try not to let the pup do a lot of jumping.

As with any young animal and human for that matter, they are growing and lots of running can be very hard on joints and that is what you want to avoid. You can probably get away with long walks as long as you just walk I would try to avoid the constant trotting. Playing fetch for 10-15 minutes a day would be fine too.

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Can we base some of this on signals from the dog. I took Yao Ming on his walk today and I added some to our usual walk. This increased the time by about 10 minutes (would have been less but I took a wrong turn in the subdivision). :P Anyway - i've been getting him home and he's breathing a bit hard but still has energy to go. Today at the last block home he was ready to slow down his pace. He wasn't dragging, he just wasn't trotting at his usual pace (which is almost too fast for me) and was at more leisurely pace.

We don't walk everyday though. 3-4 times a week. He's 11 months old, a big dog and very big-boned. He's 84lbs at 25" tall.

He gets a play time in the back yard every night around 10:30 or 11:00. If we don't do this, he whines and cries. We're out about 15 mins and have a range of activities. We play tug, fetch (he finds it by listening to where it landed), and then sometimes he just wants to race around the yard at his top speed. Or I jog and he runs with me around the yard. It's no more than 15 mins and he's not winded at the end but definitely has burned off some energy. I couldn't take him out last night and he would not settle down and sleep so i had to take him into my craft room and play tug and wrestle a little before he would settle in.

Does all of that sound acceptable? (of course, let's focus on the time and energy he expends and not the controversial aspects of tug.)

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Old 10-31-2006, 10:27 AM   #4
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Just take it easy on her while she is growing and you will be fine, In other words do not constantly run your pup, running is ok with in reason. Try not to let the pup do a lot of jumping.

As with any young animal and human for that matter, they are growing and lots of running can be very hard on joints and that is what you want to avoid. You can probably get away with long walks as long as you just walk I would try to avoid the constant trotting. Playing fetch for 10-15 minutes a day would be fine too.
Thanks! How much is "a lot of jumping"? Like I said, we're trying to teach her to stay off the furniture which is 18 - 24 inches high. I would say she probably jumps off of the furniture 10 times per day (while we're home). There's no telling how many times she's jumping on and off the furniture while we're not home (10 hours/day).

You said we could probably get away with long walks as long as we just walk. For a 5 month old, how long is "long"?

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A long walk for a pup that age is probably 30 minutes.

Jumping on the furniture is a no no here just becasue I don;t want my gang on the couch but I would not worry too much I was mean more like playing with the dog and making them jump.

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