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Pup over exercising?
Apr 29th, 2018 at 10:52am
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I have a 6 month old German pointer that I have been warned not to over exercise. Im looking for some advise on this? He loves getting out and about, Im reasonably active and if it was up to him Im sure he would run around all day.
  
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Reply #1 - Apr 29th, 2018 at 11:36am
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Try an EP pup. Keen to run all day and like the wind. Ours is 9 months old and ran for bloody miles the other day including over a range.
  
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Reply #2 - Apr 29th, 2018 at 6:35pm
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Couple of thoughts. Young dogs are not fully developed in the muscle/tendon/joints dept, so take it easy. Once injured a second injury is common. The other thing is maybe your  breed is particulary susceptable to injury.

Others on here will know..  Smiley
  

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Reply #3 - Apr 29th, 2018 at 11:08pm
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Ive heard all sorts of theories on this. Mostly from people that seem to know what theyre talking about.
Common thing with all of them is that pups skeleton etc isnt fully developed so try to avoid doing things which may damage it (jumping off utes etc).
  
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Reply #4 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 8:46am
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Yep Smiley and the faster growing breeds are at more risk than the slower growing ones.
As MadDogHunter says, avoid big jumps up and down as they can shock the joints and ligaments etc...
Best to exercise them on foot rather than riding a bike/motorbike ( that's not the dog riding the bike although ya might get a few hits on ewe tube ). That way you get tired too so would be less inclined to run the dog to the damage point.


headcase wrote on Apr 29th, 2018 at 6:35pm:
Couple of thoughts. Young dogs are not fully developed in the muscle/tendon/joints dept, so take it easy. Once injured a second injury is common. The other thing is maybe your breed is particulary susceptable to injury.

Others on here will know.. Smiley

  
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0-12 months is really frustrating as a handler and dog perspective.  Follow what the others have said.
  

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Reply #6 - Apr 30th, 2018 at 1:48pm
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Thank you for the info guys.

Do you think going for a 6km run after work be too much for him? About 30min. He would be off lead.
  
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Maybe, I have the feeling it might be pushing it at 6 months.

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Not for our dog. Loves it. Really down to how fast you go and what surface. If the dog views it as play they just run within their capacity. We run down river or on mates farm.
  
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headcase wrote on Apr 30th, 2018 at 4:09pm:
Maybe, I have the feeling it might be pushing it at 6 months.

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I wouldn't but probably isn't the end of the world.

From a handling perspective - at 6 months I wouldn't be running with the dog as mixing the two activities makes it too easy to let the running take precedent over correct handling. 

At 6 months the dog is just old and quick enough to cause a bit of trouble.  I would be sticking to training separately and running solo, in another few months you'll be away.


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Reply #10 - May 2nd, 2018 at 7:33am
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Let the pup exercise it self. Take it down the river or somewhere for a walk and let it run itself. For a pup little and often is a good rule of thumb.
  
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Reply #11 - May 2nd, 2018 at 10:51am
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I had some issues with my Lab pup at 6mnths which we followed up with X- Rays etc.

She went lame for about 6 weeks, while we sorted out anti inflams,  Stuck in kennel, toilet on a lead etc.

We think this went back to an injury rather than over exercise,  But I did do a lot of research into growth plates etc. which will keep growing for 12-15th months basically until your dog is fully grown. 

It was explained to me that your dog really doesnt have an off switch, so will run and run with you.    Therefore over exercise is easy to do  and your dog may not show up problems instantly, so damage can be caused without you really knowing until it is too late. 

Luckily, long term, shes now 18mnths, we have no problem, But had the plates been damaged permanently, we could have ended up with a shorterned  or twisted leg. $$$$ to correct

Young dogs are most vulnerable to this kind of damage when  they still have growing to do.

Take it easy, and exercise in  short bursts, Your GSP at that age will probably be exercising itself sufficiently, tearing around the garden  etc.    I have a a few mates who have older GSPs  2-3years old and they will run them behind their truck for a few Ks  just to keep the energy levels down a bit  .. Grin   
  
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