Exercise question and pic of my babe

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So here is a recent picture of my puppy. She is a little over 5 months old. At this stage, how much exercise does she need and what is considered exercise?

I walk her every day. I actually try jogging with her but she does not flow well with it. Another poster informed me that she is not ready for that yet. I noticed a lot of spunk and energy in her. Walks do not always tire her.

So how long should a walk be? What other ways should I try to exercise her with a pretty small backyard and not a huge living area in the house?

Thanks!!

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One last odd question, for 5 months old does she seem like she will be a "big dog?" A lot of people comment on her huge paws and saw she will be massive. Do paws really indicate how large a dog will grow to be? Thanks

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Hi there Sniper :)

I would agree with the other poster about the jogging but walking is fine :)

I'm no expert as I am currently 19 months into our first doberdude, but I would suggest perhaps a casual hour long walk every day. About an hour or two of training broken up through out the day so she doesn't lose concentration. And playing fetch or hide and seek games are great way to mentally exercise them.

This is what we did with Harley when he was 5 - 6 months old.

Another suggestion would be doggy play dates with dogs and owners you know and trust. Or Making outings focused on her training, a couple of times a week, to a beach, or park, or marketplace. Great way to socialise her and it will really tire her out after all the stimulation and work she does.

Regards

Sian and Harley

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We played frisbee on the grass when my Harley was young.  He picked it up really well and it wore him out!

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Sweet! Thanks for the tips. Catch/frisbee both sound like pretty fun and easy ways to interact with her.

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Hi , I am new to the site and also a new Doberman owner . I had a big staff pup for 16 years .
My mina -ingrid is 4 months and I've started to take her for a quick run in an enclosed
Area in the park . I was quite worried to do this but was assured by a respected breeder
A quick run about would do no harm as she would run about the garden anyway . Although
My garden has gaps in the hedge so can't let her off . I love long walks aswell for 40 mins approx , after a
While she stops pulling and walks better . Good luck with the walks .

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Along with physical exercise, they also need mental stimulation.  Unless you get a dog that will play lots of fetch or something, you are going to be soon approaching (if you haven't hit it yet) the point that you just can't physically keep up, in terms of tiring him out.  Mental stiumlation, getting them thinking is a great way to do this as well.  You can do things like tug, training, working on new commands.  You can do nosework, which is easy to train with most dogs, and that's a pretty good outlet for energy too.

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Nosework is SO much fun and you can start them young!  We are going to our first competition to get titled as NW1 with our Cavalier.  What a fun sport!  Here is a link to get started!  

http://www.k9nosework.com/

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Yea, it's a cool thing, and the better your dog gets (if he's willing) the more tired he'll get when you do harder locations.  I put Dakota in a stay in the house, and go put a scented q-tip somewhere in the yard.  She loves it, it's fun to watch, and after a few rounds of that she's ready for a break.

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COOL!!! You guys are awesome. Thanks so much! Love the idea that the dog needs mental stimulation as well. Much like a child, huh? It needs a little bit of everything. I appreciate all your advice!

Cheers!