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Old 10-27-2012, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just a question, i have recently got a 5 month old standard poodle and i want to know how much i should walk her. i know that she needs her joints to be fully formed so i dont want to over work her. i hope to eventually do agility with her and so far i have only been taking her for a short walk around the block.

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Usually the guideline is, 5 minutes of walking per month of life. However, they don't count free play in that but you should try to make sure that she doesn't jump (like if you have things in your yard that she loves to leap on and off of) until she's older. We're not even allowed to start pre-agility here until the dog is 18 months old.
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Thank you so much that helps heaps

i also think i should wait until she is older, i really dont want to hurt her doing agility too early
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i also think i should wait until she is older, i really dont want to hurt her doing agility too early
Ya with some dogs it's really hard to keep them low key for the good of their joints, like my Maddy; we have had her in obedience lessons since she was little which does tire her out (and she loves it), and she plays SO much with her sister. But we intervened their play a lot when the dogs were younger because if we didn't, they'd start body-slamming each other onto the grass! Another thing we did was when we took the puppies for walks, we'd fill our pockets with treats and use the walks as training sessions for extra tiring out, keeping in mind the training at that age is short in duration and fun, fun, fun!
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Harper is soo energetic she runs around with the mini schnauzers outside (but only while we're watching) and we have to stop her because she gets to hyper for her own good.

Actually i was thinking that doing some dog obedience would be good for her. She already knows the basics (sit, stay etc.) but she definately have fun with other dogs. Are obedience classes worthwhile for a puppy her age?
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Absolutely obedience classes will be great for your girl. In addition to physical exercise, obedience classes give them mental exercise. Both will contribute to the "good dog = tired dog" equation. I also would never have gotten anywhere in agility training and trialing if I didn't have good obedience training and titles with Lily. Obedience classes also proof against distractions and teach her to be able to ignore her desire to play when she is supposed to work.

In the US, the AKC requirement for entering trials is that the dog be 15 months old. In terms of learning to do agility there are things you can do with puppies. A wobble board helps them learn balance and gives them core strength. You can use a contact trainer (not an actual a frame, dog walk or see saw, just a board made up to resemble the down contact) to teach two on/two off or whatever your criterion for safe contact exits will be. You can teach jumping by putting out a jump with the bar on the ground between the stanchions (or set super low) so the dogs walks through it. This way they won't freak out over the look of the jump when you actually ask them to jump at height. Try to find a class that is for puppies to introduce agility equipment to her.

If you look in the sub-forum on performance training you will find some useful information there in a number of threads. Good luck with your girl. It sounds like you are off to a great start with her.
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Usually the guideline is, 5 minutes of walking per month of life. However, they don't count free play in that but you should try to make sure that she doesn't jump (like if you have things in your yard that she loves to leap on and off of) until she's older. We're not even allowed to start pre-agility here until the dog is 18 months old.
Yikes, I guess I have been walking Walter too long! He was 4 months old when I got him, and we started at about 30 minutes on a nice flat, mulched trail, and have worked our way up to a 4 mile loop in about 60-65 minutes. I didn't think about it being an issue for him, instead I've felt bad that his high energy has had to be contained to MY pace! I hope I haven't cause him any harm. He also likes to run, jump, body slam, and "box" with other dogs, and I though long walks would calm him a bit and keep him from such rough play...
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Yikes, I guess I have been walking Walter too long! He was 4 months old when I got him, and we started at about 30 minutes on a nice flat, mulched trail, and have worked our way up to a 4 mile loop in about 60-65 minutes. I didn't think about it being an issue for him, instead I've felt bad that his high energy has had to be contained to MY pace! I hope I haven't cause him any harm. He also likes to run, jump, body slam, and "box" with other dogs, and I though long walks would calm him a bit and keep him from such rough play...
I asked my Vet this very same question about my Spoo puppy when he was about the same age. The Vet told me that it is very dog specific. I was walking for about 5-6 km with him at the time (we had obviously worked up slowly) but he just had so much energy and we both really enjoyed walking. The Vet said it was OK to go for that long as long as Ralph was OK with it. Meaning, he should be showing no signs of getting too tired that he drags behind, and shouldn't be favouring a paw or anything like that. She said it is best if he can walk on a soft surface, so I walked on the sidewalk and he walked beside me on the grass. My Vet said this was perfectly safe for Ralph when he was a pup. If I had been limited to a 20 minute walk both me and my pup would have gone insane!!!
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I asked my Vet this very same question about my Spoo puppy when he was about the same age. The Vet told me that it is very dog specific. I was walking for about 5-6 km with him at the time (we had obviously worked up slowly) but he just had so much energy and we both really enjoyed walking. The Vet said it was OK to go for that long as long as Ralph was OK with it. Meaning, he should be showing no signs of getting too tired that he drags behind, and shouldn't be favouring a paw or anything like that. She said it is best if he can walk on a soft surface, so I walked on the sidewalk and he walked beside me on the grass. My Vet said this was perfectly safe for Ralph when he was a pup. If I had been limited to a 20 minute walk both me and my pup would have gone insane!!!
Thanks Frank - I haven't tired Walter out yet, so I guess it's OK for him : )
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