When to start training.

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Hello! My Dobe, Dante, is 9 weeks old and I was wondering when would be a good time to start going for walks/jogs around the neighborhood. I consider myself an active person and I love going for walks/jogs/cycling. Since I brought Dante home I was eager to bring him with me but I dont want to ruin his joints as he grows. 

When would be a good time to start bringing him along with me?

i wont start riding my bike with him until I get him to stop running on command and we have worked on distractions. Lol

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It's my understanding that you need to wait for quite a while until the growth plates are developed fully, otherwise it can cause damage others here that are running and biking with their dogs can give you a good baseline but I would think the vet would be able to tell you more definitely.....and I have read here to keep walks down to short ones while they are really young to - to just play a little in the yard instead of outdoor activities like hiking etc......

you'll get alot of help here - post pics we LOVE pics of babies!!!!

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Yep, I am an experienced cross country runner and want to do cani X with mine when she's old enough, but I was told that the growth plates arent closed fully until they are 2 years old but that it's fairly safe to run from 18 months.

 

Walks should be ~ 5mins per month old, up to twice a day. I do sometimes walk mine further but on soft ground like the beach or forest rather than pavement.

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Talisin

ok thanks. I would have a lot more photos but the only ones I can get are when he's asleep. He's eager to find out how my phone tastes.  

At 2 weeks. 

At 8 weeks. 

 

Konkie

thanks for the info. I have been walking him on a leash around the house. So far he does a pretty good job except trying to walk between my feet. Lol 

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the Training in the house on lease is really good.  You can also start some obedience early or manners  his is very young still.  Just start with sits, stays, and maybe standing at your side like a heel, but only in leash walk style.   10 minutes or so a day, or maybe twice a day.  These exercises are very mentally exhausting for him, but great communication skills are important right now.  It will reward you later when he will be out and about gallivanting with you. even sitting quietly before being fed.   All these will be great basic rules till he can go full on.  But yes you are right serious exercise can only be minimum until 18 months.   He sounds like such a good puppy. Be patient with the physical outdoor exercise. better safe than sorry later.

With a good foundation he will  be your running sidekick  anywhere and for a long time.

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Haha JLuc, mine still love to walk between my legs and as close as she can get to me, particularly if there is anything scary like other loud dogs :) Enjoy him!

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I hate to be a downer here, but please be VERY careful where you take your pup until he's through his complete SERIES of vaccines, (not just one or two).  Parvo is everywhere.  Like others have said, there is a ton of training you can do now.

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awwwww puppy baby pictures how wonderfully cute

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Sandee 

I've been working with him with "sit", "lay", "give me paw" and a recall which I need to make it his name. So far he knows "sit" and will do it almost every time I tell him. Now in order to go potty, I don't even have to tell him to sit by the door. He just does it. :D

same goes for food. He waits til I say "ok" before diving in. Need to work on his rowdiness while I prepare the food though. Lol

Happydance

i don't take Dante out away from the house. I know better than that. There are so many people on my block that have dogs. I'd hate to see an epidemic hit us. :/

 

I just got him a small kiddie pool and introduced him to it today. He absolutely loved it! Now all I need is toys that float. Lol

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That's awesome!  He's doing great!  He's so smart, and still so young.  You must be a great teacher, So can I borrow your training skills for a rowdy, unruly 3 year old ? lol

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Sandee 

Have you tried clicker training? Its amazing!!

Thats makes me nervous just thinking about it. If Dante is rowdy now at 10 weeks, how rowdy will he be at 1 year? D: Here's to hoping he makes plenty of doggy friends. 

 

i'm hoping i can teach him something new every two or three weeks while building our communication. I was able to teach him to crawl across the floor yesterday and he retained it today. The week before I taught him to "give paw" because he likes pawing at my hand and it only took him one day to learn it. He doesnt even scratch! He just throws one paw on my hand. :)

Also, I have gotten him to play with his toys instead of chewing on the carpet or couches. So far so good! He still tries to chew on shoes though. 

The one thing that bothers me the most is that he has developed separation anxiety. He never barked or whined when I left the room while he was in his kennel or when I went outside but now he goes on for 10-20 minutes non-stop. 

At night, before bed and before I got to work, I have been leaving the room while he whines and returning with a treat when he calms down and it has helped little by little so far. I'll let you all know if we have improved within the next few weeks.