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Old 05-20-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Rainy day in Vancouver so I'm full of posts. I've read and heard that running with a puppy until it is fully developed is a bad idea. Nether my wife or I are joggers so this shouldn't be an issue but I would like some clarification as all information on the subject seems a bit vaig.

Hardy loves to run, he will rip around the yard chasing balls and toy etc. I figure this is fine. We do take him for short walks (may be 3-4 blocks) he loves to trot along beside us at a brisk walk. The whole walk is not at a brisk pace but only short sections. Is this OK? We will also do the yo-yo recall training and he will run between us.

I guess what I'm after is a bit of clarification on the subject. Even though compared to growth charts of his breeds (rotti shepherd) he is about 10lbs+ under size ,he looks and runs like a little bear cub. Common sense would lead me to believe he needs a certain amount of running to stay lean and to build coordination. But his breads are both prone to hip and joint problems.

on a separate note. When he does run he kinda goes a bit sideways. I think his back legs are just going a bit faster than his fronts. Its pretty cute but if this sounds odd and may indicate a problem please let me know.

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Normal puppy running, jumping, chasing a ball and short walks are fine. What you would want to avoid is forcing him or enticing him to over exert when he's tired. You're on the right track.

The sideways movement you're describing is called sidewinding or crabbing and is not an indication of bad hips in such a young puppy. All puppys are awkward at certain stages as all parts don't grow in the same proportions at the same time. He should outgrow it as everything catches up!
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Deja vu!
Someone just asked about this so I'll "cut to the chase" and post the link for you!
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=7592
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Short walks at first, dont overdo it. A puppy tires very easily and until its fully developed short walks are much better.
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Looks like you've already received some great advice!
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