Worried about Joint Problem

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hi everybody I am new to the forums. I have a 15 week old female dobe puppy who loves to play and jumping around. I take her for short 15-20 minute walks but she loves running in the wood and being a happy puppy. She doesn't sit still for 5 minutes. My only concern is her joints and hips in later life. Does anybody have any advice on what she should and shouldn't be doing to help prevent problems when she is older? Thank you 

I would not worry about it overmuch. Forced exercise on hard surfaces (like jogging with your dog on the sidewalk or street) is bad for the joints until about 18 months of age. Free running in the yard and normal walks are fine.

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She should be fine as long as you're not overexerting her as u/Fitzmar said. Another thing to consider is what kind of kibble she's being fed. I've read that calcium, phosphorus, protein and calories need to be closely monitored in large breen puppies that are growing. There's a great website that explains all this that I'll link below. Basically you don't want any food with too high a calcium/phosphorus ratio as it causes bones to grow too quickly. There are foods out there specialy formulated for large breed pups so that their bone growth can be more gradual since they reach maturity later than smaller breeds. Anyway, check out the sight, there's a lot of great info on dogfood and how it affects bone and overall health.

 

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

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Hi, I am new to the forums also and I am currently slightly panicked that I have been doing something wrong. My puppy is now 5.5 months and I have been taking her in jogs on the sidewalk for a while now, probably for the past two months. I read everything I could before getting Ruby and never came across ANYTHING about this, even though I did read a lot about their possible hip problems and not to have them do a lot of jumping exercises when they are young. So much emphasis was out on making sure to give them enough exercise, I was trying to do what I thought was best for her, and she loves it so much I had absolutely no idea. Don't get me wrong, she definitely gets most of her exercise in the huge soccer park by our house, and I will stop the, I guess it is called "forced running" right away, but now I am wondering, have I already done damage? Usually it's about a one mile jog in the morning, and if I didn't get to go to the soccer park I would take her for another one in the evening before supper. Is there anything I should do to help repair? And, are long walks okay on the sidewalk?

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Hi Lambchop,

I posted the post below instead of replying to your post, I'm not sure exactly how this forum works yet. But I did go to the link about the large breed puppy food you posted and I'm grateful I did. So now I think I am overfeeding my puppy AND have been jogging with her on sidewalks, and now I am not sure about even the food I am feeding her (nutro large breed puppy). If you have any suggestions I would appreciate them so much because now I am researching more dog foods but I feel like they all say they are the best!

Thanks :)

I really would not worry about your jogging over much - a mile once a day is probably not going to do any damage. It is best to keep hard surface work to mostly a walk - but it fine to let them free run in the grass. A tired puppy is a good puppy!

Nutro is not the best food out there, but it isn't the worst either. The website given by lambchop is a really good one to use.  If you ask 100 people what you should feed your puppy, you might get 100 answers. 

I've personally fed everything from Pro-Plan to what I currently feed - Annamaet Aqualuk. I've bred 3 litters of puppies (show breeder) and fed each litter something different. The last litter 5 years ago did fantastic on the Annamaet line. However, Annamaet is made local to me (SE PA) and is not available everywhere. Most of those puppies are still on Annamaet and doing great 5 years later. 

I will say that I normally take my dogs off of puppy kibble by 5-6 months of age and put them on an all-life-stages adult food. I generally do not switch them to a higher protein/grain free kibble till they are about 18 months of age. I DO feed them kibble with no wheat or corn. Chicken based kibble is the easiest and cheapest to buy - but I stay with fish based for my dogs because they do better on fish, and I've had some that itched on chicken. 

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Fitzmar, thank you so much! Thank you thank you! You're right, I get a different answer from everyone I ask but I don't actually know any Doberman owners and I am so happy that I found this forum. I will look into those food brands right away and I appreciate the general feeding advice. As for her daily routine, I already have changed it but my goodness you put my mind at ease, I was thinking the worst. I wasn't able to get a hip, elbow or OFA certificate from the breeder, it's a long story but at the end of the day I don't know exactly what genetics I am working with so am trying to do everything I can to prevent future problems. Total panic attack averted :)

I really would not worry about your jogging over much - a mile once a day is probably not going to do any damage. It is best to keep hard surface work to mostly a walk - but it fine to let them free run in the grass. A tired puppy is a good puppy!

Nutro is not the best food out there, but it isn't the worst either. The website given by lambchop is a really good one to use.  If you ask 100 people what you should feed your puppy, you might get 100 answers. 

I've personally fed everything from Pro-Plan to what I currently feed - Annamaet Aqualuk. I've bred 3 litters of puppies (show breeder) and fed each litter something different. The last litter 5 years ago did fantastic on the Annamaet line. However, Annamaet is made local to me (SE PA) and is not available everywhere. Most of those puppies are still on Annamaet and doing great 5 years later. 

I will say that I normally take my dogs off of puppy kibble by 5-6 months of age and put them on an all-life-stages adult food. I generally do not switch them to a higher protein/grain free kibble till they are about 18 months of age. I DO feed them kibble with no wheat or corn. Chicken based kibble is the easiest and cheapest to buy - but I stay with fish based for my dogs because they do better on fish, and I've had some that itched on chicken.