EXERCISE REQUIRMENTS FOR PUPS

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Hi all,

I am now the proud owner of an 11 week old Dobermann. I have had him since 8 weeks and he has now had all his shots about 2 weeks ago. We have been getting him out and about as much as possible for little short burst but was just wondering how much exercise is too much? Generally he is walked gently on lead around the roads for 15 minutes and in the paddock off lead (and playing with ball) for around 10 minutes each day. I realise he is not meant to be overexcerised due to is growing bones but surely he will do more damage on the breeder recommended 5 mins a day when he has too much spare energy and spends the entire day clumsily dashing around the house!!

 

Any suggestions or advice appreciated :-)

 

Jo and Mac

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Dobes need a tremendous amount of exercise.  You want to avoid running on roads or pavement, but other than that exercise is not bad, running on grass is fine.  I would say, based on the info you gave, he's getting nowhere near enough exercise.  As he starts to get older, he will need even more.  When Dakota was around 12-15 weeks, Steph would walk her around the lake, (about 4.5 miles or so) and she still had enough energy to run around with our neighbors dogs, play fetch, etc.  If you have a healthy dobe, your are soon going to realize that you simply don't have the stamina to wear him out physically.  It will be much easier to tire him out mentally after some exercise.  But  I would say a 15 minute walk, and 10 minutes of play time is not even close to what he needs.  I would say on average, (if the weather is ok) we probably walk Dakota for a good 25 miles or so a week, plus many hours of running in the yard, playing with other dogs, etc.  If you want to try to tire him out, give him something to do.  Could be anything.  I'll have Dakota help with whatever I'm doing.  She helps me clean the yard, she helps me stack wood, anything.  She loves it, and it gets her brain going as well as her body.  I was fixing a door the other day with my Dad, and when we needed a tool I would have Dakota bring it over for us.  I'd take her to the garage, give her the screwdriver, have her bring it to my dad.  Great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  Plus, she feels important, and the look in her eye while she watched us work was like she was just begging to grab the hammer and put in that nail!  When I take out the recycling, I'll give her a box, and have her bring it to the curb.  When I'm using the hose, I'll have her carry the hose to where I want to go.  If i'm trimming a tree, I'll have her take the branches and put them in the waste pile.  Basically, I try to involve her in anything I'm doing that she can help with.  And like I said earlier, you have a far, far better chance of wearing him out by having him use his brain than by running around in the yard.  To truly tire Dakota out physically, we would have to walk about 5 miles, play in the yard for a long time, a few times a day, and then have her run around with our neighbors great dane for a few hours.

5 minutes a day is a recipe for disaster, literally lol. 

Best of luck, and let's see some pics!

 

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Great advice Kevin

 

Bella will be 2 in Novemeber and Mopar is just alittle over 8 weeks old and you are absoultely right about not being able to wear them out.  We take a trip to local parks 3 times a weel for walks and playtime not including our walks around the neighborhood, playing fetch for hours, tug o war and non stop entertaining of the dober babies.  When a dobie gets bored it is a disaster! We have tennis balls, ropes for tug o war, stuffed toys, chewing bones, a basketball, frisbee and so many other toys my friends are amazed when they come visit. 

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Thanks!  Yea, have to keep tons of toys to keep them entertained, they're gonna chew on something, if it's not a toy, it's the couch...  usually whatever is most expensive lol.

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Congratulations on your new puppy, and as Kevin stated, as long as you aren't running him on pavement or trying to get him to jump over things, he NEEDS a lot of exercise.  They grow so quickly and their bones and muscles need to be exercised, not to mention the mental exercises a doberman puppy needs.  If you don't give them something to think about, they will invent their own games, and they aren't always what you would choose for them to do. LOL


I started Ziva out at 8 weeks old by walking her for 10 -15 minutes at a time at least twice a day, but she had unlimited outside play time in my yard with my other small dogs.  As she got older, I lengthened her walking time to 30 - 45 minutes walks and she still has a lot of outside run time.  I wear out before she does!

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Lots of energy is an understatement!!! LOL....We haven't been able to walk Athena because of her paw and yesterday I got home at 3 and she spent like a half hour outside, then we played almost the whole time we went to bed and she was still a crazy ass! 

But all seriousness we normally walk Athena between 1 hour to 1 1/2 hour a day and it still isn't enough.

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Great, thanks for all the advice guys. I was just concerned that I would damage his bones, but I guess being sensible is all that matter!

 

Will get to work walking now!!

 

Jo

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As for my pup plenty of play/training time. And two -one hour trips to the park to play and train as well... By the time she gets home at night eats and goes potty shes good for atleast a couple hours.. But I have been taking her out every two hours regardless for house breaking, as she is not crated.

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Kevin I love how you incorporate Dakota into what you're doing -- I'm going to start working on that with Steve.  He already is into everything, helping me folding laundry (he paws at it, steals socks), helping Eli in the yard (he tugs out the weeds, checks they end up in the bucket), etc.  Now I know how to make him know his role!  

We don't walk Steve yet because I don't believe in exposing him to areas where unvaccinated dogs have been until he's had everything just for a precaution.  When he gets his rabies on Halloween we are all set to run him in the morning and and evening.  We already try and get him over to play with other dogs around his age so that he can get the mental and physical stimulation of play.

Worrying about growth is not a bad thing.. but as Kevin said, just be aware of what to avoid.  If you notice he seems a little sore from an activity the previous day try and cut back until he's not.  Don't push him, he'll tell you what is too much most of the time when he collapses and falls asleep in place.  

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Why no running on the pavement and at what age is running on pavement/concrete ok?

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The growth plates are not yet formed. and until about a year, you should be very careful about running on hard surfaces..

Dallas is adorable and enjoy his puppyhood while you can.. I can't wait to hear all your stories about how he's growing and developing into a great big doberdude!!

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Thanks for the info. I have been walking him just up and down my street for the past few days and he wants to take off running. Now I know not to run with him on the road. I had to leave him for a few days last week and it seems like he grew so much the few days I was away. I have been taking pictures and will post some new ones later in the week.

He is always hungry and is always looking for food or a treat. He can have peanut butter licked out of his kong toys in like 30 sec flat, lol

30 seconds ? He eats slow huh ? LOL

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LOL, I think he eats his food without taking more than 2 or 3 breaths. He inhales it everytime. He acts like I dont feed him 3-4 times a day.