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Mason is 4 months old now and Im curious about what Ive been doing with him. Recently I started walking in the mornings. I do 4 miles twice a day pushing a jogging stroller with my daughter. I bring both dogs. I started running 3 out of the 4 miles and in the evening I walk 4 more. Which ever dog I take on the morning when I run, I leave home at night and whoever stays home goes in the eveing. I switch each day so they are only running every other time.

He has no problem at all keeping up and still has tons of energy when we get home.
Do you think this is ok? I dont know if Im supposed to wait a certain amount of time before doing this kind of activity with him. (by the way, I run REALLY slow)

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As long as you're not over exerting his growing body, or pushing him too far, he should be fine. Over exertion in large breed puppies can cause problems later in life so it's best to stay on the safe side. Running or walking next to a person isn't usually anything for a Doberman though. Keep an eye on him when he plays too. you don't want him taking off as fast as he can after squirrels and such.

Are you making sure he stays at the heel position?

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I have each dog tied to the stroller in a quick release knot and he generally slows to run beside the stroller. Oh who am I kidding, he generally pulls like a horse. LOL. Im having trouble with the heel training, actually with training in general.

I dont have $100 to put into obedience class right now and Im having trouble trying to do it myself. My only strategy is getting him tired so he walks nicely and that only happens the last quarter of the walk/run.

Any advice? Be easy on me  :-[

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I think I am going to be getting a pup in mid December.  We are still talking w/ the breeder...I am so excited! I am wondering how much exercise they can have. We live next to a tree farm where I walk & trail ride.  Will I need to get a little coat for her? I would think I would.

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Puppies don't need a lot of exercise. Actually, large breed like the Doberman should have their exercise limited during their growing age. Fast running and stopping, or any injuries will make bone and joint problems such as dysplasia more likely in older age.

Potty breaks and regular walk are good enough exercise for the first few months. After a year of age though, the Doberman needs plenty of exercise and enough space to run on its own at full speed on a daily basis. This usually means a good sized fenced in yard.