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:? So all I want for Nelson (Pitty) is for him to be as strong and happy as possible...and Im new at being a puppy mummy

My boyfriend wants to start taking him on runs with him...so at the moment he is 8 weeks old (today!) When is it ok for him to start this? Or should it be something that we introduce slowly to him e.g. walk him at the start and increase times etc?

I dont want for him to start then stuff up his growth or hurt him ya know...

Please help
 

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Running with him that young could damage his cartilage...wait until he is about 5or 6 months old to start light walks...
 

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there's no need to wait that long!!!!!!
you can take him for short walks once he's fully vaccinated at 3 months.
we started walking patch daily for about 20 mins... then gradually increased it. Now we can walk him up to 1.5 hours and he's fine!
patch is now 8 months and we've been vigorously exercising him for around 3 months.... taking him to the park for games of fetch... swimming...
they need exercise!!! otherwise, expect bad behviour and boredom!

someone on this forum told me a tired bully is a happy bully.

and i'd like to add to that....
a tired bully is a happy bully and a happy OWNER!
 

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For full out road work (running on hard surfaces for an extended period of time, treadmills ect) you should wait till the growth plates are closed. Typically between 14 months to 2 years, depending on the dog (size) and parentage (how fast or slow they were to mature.) Your vet will be able to tell you for sure when his bones have stopped growing.

Chasing the ball in the yard, or running in the dog park or on grass is ok, it is my understanding that the hard surfaces are the worst, and should be introduced only after the dog is physically mature. Hips, elbows and shoulders get a pounding with repitive motion on hard terrain.

I have an 18m Giant Schnauzer that was only recently ok'd for SOME treadmill work. (like im gonna run pshaw!!) She is a show dog, and I certianly didnt want anything to happen to her bones while they were growing. I need those straight legs!
 

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Thats the main problem Patch - I can see him getting bored and he has endless energy - when he is bored he starts to be naughty...

In Australia it is considered ok to take them out to public places after 2nd injection (next week)

So I guess I will take him to ovals and parks and let him fetch the ball and play around at his own pace - maybe my partner can run him at ovals on grass at like 6 mths or whenever my vet says ok to do?

CowBella on the very likely chance that I will sound completly stupid here...What os treadmill work? Do you tie to dog on a treadmill and he runs? Can I see a pic of the Giant Schnauzer
 

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iluvmypit said:
Thats the main problem Patch - I can see him getting bored and he has endless energy - when he is bored he starts to be naughty...

In Australia it is considered ok to take them out to public places after 2nd injection (next week)

So I guess I will take him to ovals and parks and let him fetch the ball and play around at his own pace - maybe my partner can run him at ovals on grass at like 6 mths or whenever my vet says ok to do?

CowBella on the very likely chance that I will sound completly stupid here...What os treadmill work? Do you tie to dog on a treadmill and he runs? Can I see a pic of the Giant Schnauzer
Hey ILUVMYPIT, I didn't realise you were a fellow Aussie! From Melbourne eh? I'm from Sydney!
Well, they say you can take them out after their second shot.... we took him out but only to places we knew could not be contaminated with other doggy germs, like friends houses, etc.
After the 3rd and final shot for the year we started taking Patch out to obedience classes, to the park, the beach, etc.

You really really need to exercise bully's as often as you can otherwise they get bored and start chewing stuff and digging up the yard! ;)

Take him out, do as much exercise (walking) you feel is right for him, once he starts to get a little tired it's a good sign... but don't overdo it.... if the legs become wobbly - stop!
 

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Yey - Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi LOL

Yeah we have been doing the same, he is actually lucky enough that we never leave him alone...he goes with my partner to work every day (a mechanics workshop) he spends most of the day in the office sleeping or goes out with my partner, his brother or his dad when they go to pick up parts or go to the car auctions - when he is older he may win them some auctions through intimidation...hehehe

Yeah ur right - he can get naughty - I just want him healthy and happy - when he is tired you can so tell - he just looks at us like "r u serious" and lays down hehehehe

We start Puppy Pre-School tomorrow night actually, its a class full of pups who have had 1st injection - they can socalise, and we get taught how to make them sit, stay toliet train - basic stuff - Im so excited - when he graduates (4 weeks) he gets a photo and a certificate (OMG how am I gonna be when I have my own kids pffft)
 

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Yey - Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi LOL

Yeah we have been doing the same, he is actually lucky enough that we never leave him alone...he goes with my partner to work every day (a mechanics workshop) he spends most of the day in the office sleeping or goes out with my partner, his brother or his dad when they go to pick up parts or go to the car auctions - when he is older he may win them some auctions through intimidation...hehehe

Yeah ur right - he can get naughty - I just want him healthy and happy - when he is tired you can so tell - he just looks at us like "r u serious" and lays down hehehehe

We start Puppy Pre-School tomorrow night actually, its a class full of pups who have had 1st injection - they can socalise, and we get taught how to make them sit, stay toliet train - basic stuff - Im so excited - when he graduates (4 weeks) he gets a photo and a certificate (OMG how am I gonna be when I have my own kids pffft)
my friends always ask me that.... how will i be when i actually have kids, if i'm THIS obsessed with my dog!

dogs are just wonderful creatures.... they are so loving, and dependent. I treat mine like a baby sometimes and friends just laugh at me! hhehehehehe
 

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Are you looking to have kids soon? But they are so easy to be obsessive about...ive got that kinda personality too hehe

Isnt it funny sometime you just catch yourself doing or saying something and laugh at yourself... for instance - the other day I was in a shop (with Nelson sitting happily on my chest) and I was looking at Puppy Deodorant...I actually said to Nelson "So Nelson would you like to smell like Flowers or Baby Powder?" so I decided outloud "Hmmm your a boy so Baby Power I guess huh" with that I grabbed the bottle and started to walk out. To my complete embarrassment a massive guy with tatts who had a even bigger dry dog food bag swung over his shoulder just looked at me blankly...
On the way out I saw him again and he said so is it Flowers or Baby Powder,,,hahahahaha!

Ur spot on - dogs are the best companion.

I had Nelson over at my parents the other day with their dog (West Hiland White Terrier) hmmm never again...my parents dog Jaz started growling at Nelson - I thought - try and do that in 6 months lol
 

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Are you looking to have kids soon? But they are so easy to be obsessive about...ive got that kinda personality too hehe

Isnt it funny sometime you just catch yourself doing or saying something and laugh at yourself... for instance - the other day I was in a shop (with Nelson sitting happily on my chest) and I was looking at Puppy Deodorant...I actually said to Nelson "So Nelson would you like to smell like Flowers or Baby Powder?" so I decided outloud "Hmmm your a boy so Baby Power I guess huh" with that I grabbed the bottle and started to walk out. To my complete embarrassment a massive guy with tatts who had a even bigger dry dog food bag swung over his shoulder just looked at me blankly...
On the way out I saw him again and he said so is it Flowers or Baby Powder,,,hahahahaha!

Ur spot on - dogs are the best companion.

I had Nelson over at my parents the other day with their dog (West Hiland White Terrier) hmmm never again...my parents dog Jaz started growling at Nelson - I thought - try and do that in 6 months lol
As long as you don't encourage him to be aggressive toward Jaz!!

and yes, i talk to Patch like a human ALL the time.
I reckon my neighbours must think i am mad!!!!!!

One time, I went outside to find the yard in a total mess! Patch had dug up about 7 holes.... and i was yelling at him and i said "what is this??? This is unacceptable Patch! I will not tolerate this anymore!"
then i though.... oh my gosh beck, he can't understand English... the neighbours must think you are MAD!

you can't help it sometimes!
 

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Of course not - I am so concious not to encourage that at all...but sometimes i think he is a puppy he is just playing

How did you tell the difference between puppy play and aggressive behaviour?

Haha thats funny - they can understand english (they just cant answer) my boyfriend is Turkish and he understand English and Turkish already!
 

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Of course not - I am so concious not to encourage that at all...but sometimes i think he is a puppy he is just playing

How did you tell the difference between puppy play and aggressive behaviour?

Haha thats funny - they can understand english (they just cant answer) my boyfriend is Turkish and he understand English and Turkish already!
p.s. well, my husband and i are thinking of trying for kids some time next year... God willing!

and puppy play is good, but i always yell at my husband for encouraging him to play tug-o-war etc.... it's not good.
but thank goodness, i havent seen patch aggressive yet.... he's SUCH a good natured dog. even when other dogs are aggressive towards him, 90% of the time his tail is still wagging and he just wants to play!
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Thats great - Kids next year - How exciting

Your lucky with Patch - he is cute by the way (great name) Ive already seen that agressive behaviour in Nelson (once), It scared the shit out of me hence puppy pre school, I also plan to then take him to standard puppy school, and 7 levels of obedience training
 

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Thats great - Kids next year - How exciting

Your lucky with Patch - he is cute by the way (great name) Ive already seen that agressive behaviour in Nelson (once), It scared the ** I almost cursed ** out of me hence puppy pre school, I also plan to then take him to standard puppy school, and 7 levels of obedience training
if my husband had his way, i'd be "up the duff" (using the aussie slang expression) now!
he wants kids bad!

but maybe next year... we'll see!

and re the aggressive behaviour, good to curb it now while he's young!!!!!!!
puppy pre-school and socialisation as a pup is a good start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

actually, i lie.... there's a little sh## maltese terrior down the road from us and on every walk, he sticks his nose under the fence and barks at my patch.........and fully goes for him!... and patch goes to get him, lucky for my strong hold pulling the leash back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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"up the duff" love that - hehehe

Hate those dogs they always ave a big goopy black stuff in the courners of their eyes - YUK
 

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I was talking on a sliding scale about light walks I figured since it seemed to me that you are talking serious exercise then light for you would be moderate for most..........Your dog is going through a lot of growth in that 1st year and rigorous exercise in that year could cause life long bone and joint problems.
 

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It was a difficult to answer w/o pictures :lol: Hint,hint :lol:
 

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iluvmypit, let him be a puppy! Serious roadwork should wait until the dog is at LEAST 9 months old. You CAN do serious damage to his growing/maturing joints, ligaments & tendons if you work him too fast, too hard, and/or too much. At 8 weeks, play fetch with him. Make a tiny flirth pole. Do puppy activities. These dogs don't develop until around 2-3 years of age, so no amount of rushing him to be super strong & muscular isn't going to do anything but break him.
 
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