How much exercise for a pup?

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how much exercise is reccommended for a three and a half month old dobermann pup? we can't get a definitive answer from anyone! our little lad will happily walk at his own pace for up to two hours, and on an average day will have an hour and a half out, running, walking and fetching. he loves it, but we're concerned we may be causing problems for him in the future. the vet says 'take it as his pace' (which i think is what we're doing), yet we've also heard that 20 minute bursts up to 9 months is advisable. any suggestions?!

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Bottom line wolfgang - when it comes to large breed puppies like the Doberman, it's best to error in too little exercise. Over exertion is proven to cause hip and elbow problems. It's best to keep his walks short and try to keep him from tearing around the yard too much. And no stairs ( a couple steps is fine), no jumping in or out of the car, no jumping, no all-out running.

Once he's over a year and a half, his bones will have matured out of the fast growth stage and he can get serious exercise. At that point he'll need plenty of daily full running.

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again horse...i ask...how do you stop two brothers?????....it seems like i should just let them be what they are....but they are beautiful runners and leapers......

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What I do is keep the puppies with an adult or two. The adults keep the little ones out of trouble.

With two puppies you have the opposite. They work together to find trouble and hurt themselves. Letting them out one at a time would help, but that can be difficult and two puppies who are around each other usually get upset when they find themselves alone.

When they're outside you could keep them in a small area without anything to jump on/off. Keep them away from stairs and lift them in and out of the car. You just want to avoid jumping and full speed running and generally excessive exercise.

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wow horse...thats next to impossible ...now with the snow...the boys are crazy outside...they love it...all who see them are impressed as they run and play....lift them into the car????they leap like maddogs...when i open the hatch....i am hoping no long term damage will result from puppies being puppies...