Gemma age one at St. George Island after a swim in the ocean. Consider swimming as a great joint friendly activity for growing pups with moderation to amount of time/ aggressiveness of play spent in activity.
I just came across the article below today on another post I follow.
Article from American Staffordshire Terrier Zaliamstaff New Zealand CLICK HERE
Many new puppy owners wonder how to make sure that their puppies are getting adequate exercise. One needs to approach this subject with caution as puppies will not know how much is too much. They will need their owners to monitor and manage the amounts of exercise and make sure that it is safe for their pup’s growing body. Your veterinarian is a great resource for questions concerning activities appropriate for your puppy.
Owners must take into account that their golden retriever puppy is a developing large breed dog. Large breed puppies’ bodies are growing at a fast pace and it is very easy for them to hurt their developing joints and growth plates by too much exercise, too much stop and start play, overly aggressive play, hard surfaces, and jumping up and down onto high surfaces. Stairclimbing, mountain trails, excessive climbing should be avoided as well as jogging or running a puppy. Please do not let your puppy jump off of any high surfaces.
A good rule of thumb is to take short walks , think five minutes per month old as a guideline. For example: A four month old puppy should get five minutes x 4 months equals about a 20 minute walk. Puppies will enjoy short walks and will also still need lengthy nap times to rest . Use your puppy walk time to bond with your puppy, work on leash skills, learn how to sit when distractions present themselves.
Playing in the yard on a soft surface is a great place for exercise and some running is certainly to be expected, but pay attention to your pup and his or her aggressiveness in play. They can become overexcited and they don’t know how to monitor this for themselves as they are still babies. Consider the following for exercise:
Five minutes per month old for walking and play periods
Soft surfaces for play and walks rather than hard
Monitoring play with other dogs, matching size and energy of dog, amount of time, and stopping play if it is too rough
Limiting too much stop and start until growth plates are fully developed
Training in a class, in the yard, or with family members in the house is also a great form of exercise and satisfies your puppy’s need for mental stimulation
Set up stations for training in the yard as a form of exercise
Don’t expect to get your full adult exercise with your puppy, they are still babies and aren’t ready to do what human adults and or other adult dogs do
Spend time taking your puppy to lots of new places where he or she can learn social skills and face fears
100 new experiences in 100 days will help your puppy to become socialized and well rounded
Get your puppy checked out by your vet if you suspect an injury
Make sure your puppy is on a large breed puppy formula dog food
Don’t give your growing puppy any additional supplements until growth plates are fully developed and closed and without running it by your vet
I am going to post an article that I have found helpful here. Your veterinarian is a great resource for keeping your puppy healthy and safe. Hope you find the article below helpful.
So exciting to hear about our puppies beginning training classes in January. You will find that a well trained dog is an absolute pleasure and will be a dog you can take anywhere!
If you have already completed your AKC registration, you will be receiving an electronic guide with puppy stages as well as monthly updates on your puppy’s age related training. It is so informative!
Here is a good article to help with these beautiful, smart pups! CLICK HERE
The photo above is Gemma earning her Canine Good Citizen at age seven months. This really set the stage for our future training in rally and obedience work and made Gemma a great girl to take out to lunch on the dog friendly patios, visits to friends’ houses, vacations, etc.
These puppies are beautiful babies: super sweet, smart, and possess great temperaments! We look forward to posting lots of photos of these little cuties as they grow! Thank you to their dam Int. Natl. Jr Ch. Gemma Sparkling Sapphire of the Moonlit Meadow CGC, RI, TKN, CCA and sire Int. Ch. Blue Moon of the Morning Valley!
Here is our little gang!!!! Pictured with Chris, myself, and Barry. Mama Gemma in the back row.
Sire Int. CH. Blue Moon of the Morning Valley
Dam Int. Natl. Jr. CH. Gemma Sparkling Sapphire of the Moonlit Meadow CGC RI TKN CCA
We have puppies coming! Congratulations to Int. Natl. Jr. Ch. Gemma Sparkling Sapphire of the Moonlit Meadow CGC RN RI TKN and Int. Ch. Blue Moon of the Morning Valley! See Litters Tab for more details!