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    I did a quick search but couldnt find anything so I hope this hasnt been covered...

    You would think its one of the more simple things.... but something that I'm quite confused about is how much exercise I should be allowing my pup. As he is a large breed and prone to hip dysplacia and other joint issues if over exercised while young, I'm very cautious as to not give him too little or too much... I just dont know how much is the right amount though?

    One person says minimum 1k a day walk, not too much running and no jumping, another vet says a couple blocks and a run in the park once or twice a week, another vet says about an hours worth a day and it goes on and on

    He's 7 months now. At the moment Id say im walking him about 30-45 mins a day (short one in the morning, longer one at night) at an average pace and he gets taken to the dog park two times a week at least. I have been limiting it because I'm waiting for X-rays to confirm that he does not have hip dysplacia (fingers crossed!)

    So how much should I be walking him!? wheres the embarrasment smiley!!

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    I'm afraid I'm not much help but I'm sure I've heard somewhere it's 5 minutes for each month. So at 7 months 35 min sounds about right.
    (I could be way off though)
    But the not too much running and jumping before 12 months I definatly agree with.

    I'm sure others will be able to answer you much better than me though

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    Sounds like your giving him the right amount of exercise. Avoid jumping, and don't take him jogging etc.

    He needs to be over 12 months for his hip score to be done.

    I have a dog show on Tuesday, if I manage to get there (we have very young puppies at home), I will ask some of the RR breeders what their opinions are if you like.

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    I would definitely air on the side of caution with regard to hips in large breeds. Especially if they are walking on pavements. Walks on grass or the beach do not put as much stress on the joints, at least that's what our Ortho guy told us. Jenna is 8 months now and i still try to limit her walks to 20 mins, until she is 12 months old. It's just not worth the risk. If there is anywhere where you can walk you dog with him knee deep in water, that's supposed to be a great exercise for their hips.

    At a young age, they don't really need the walks for exercise, they get that just from playing and being puppies. Walks, I think, are more for socialising and learning, so keep them short. Two or three short walks are better than one longer one.

    I hope that all made sense, I'm hurrying because I've got to go out. Sorry
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    Your puppy is a Rodesian Ridgeback, yes?

    I would ALWAYS err on the side of caution with the larger and giant breeds.

    Once again, like always, all breeds are different and their requirements and needs differ too.

    From my old-school learning, 28 minutes per day is the exact amount of time your pup needs to be exercised. Lol. But seriously, are we gonna do that?

    Breaking it into 2 smaller walks is the best, as you are doing.

    With the bigger breeds, try to avoid going up and down stairs/staircases; jumping up and out of backs fo cars; heavy play that involves rolling and wrestling or anything that cause their bodies to jar or wrench; NO rough-housing!

    Their bones and joints are growing at such a rapid rate, it is VERY wise to be extremely careful until they have reached their full growth quota as in height etc. This ranges depending on individual breed, but usually lands within the 12-18 month old stage.

    Out of curiosity, why are you waiting on x-rays concerning Hip Dysplasia? Is there a concern you already have, or what, if you don't mind my asking?

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    Incidentally, forgot to add, one of the main reasons behind being careful up unitl that age is their very low muscle mass. muscles protect, without a fair muscle ratio there is very little protection.

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    Be very careful about the amount of time exercise given to large breeds. Personally whilst Nero was young i just took him to a park and let him wander around nothing too physical.
    Even now whilst he is 13 months i still dont give him more than 20 or so mins, unless it involves swimming.
    Never let them be exhausted from thier exercise.

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    woah, thanks heaps for all the input everyone

    I think I may shorten his walks just a little bit as the majority is on pavement. I'd love to take him to the park and let him wander but if there are dogs around he wont wonder, he'll annoy them till they run and then he'll chase haha.

    He doesnt jump (other than when he has his puppy brain snaps where he starts biting the lead and jumping up and what not). We have stairs in our house but he's not allowed up. And definatly no rough housing, I'm trying to bring him up as a gentle giant.

    Now, Devil's Advocate - I booked him in for an X-ray while he's being desexed because the trainer said that she thought he looked a little tight in his legs. Also the first time we took him to the vet for one of his injections, the vet stretched his legs and he gave a whine... however, when booking him in the vet a couple days ago stretched his legs right back and he was fine. The vet said he seems fine but I wanted the x ray to be sure

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    Thanks for that RR.

    Hopefully the x-ray will come back fine.

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    Just a note on X-raying by general vets. Most vets will look for perfect X-rays, do not be dismayed if your dogs do not come in as perfect.

    Generally speaking we do not x-ray our dogs until they are over 12 months or they will not be accurate.

    Your dog also has a lot of growing to do and will go thru lots of awkward stages.

    I took my Gordon to the vet because she was limping the vets took X-rays including the hips. The vets said her hips weren't good. They prescribed pain killers and anti-inflam tabs etc. She still limped.

    I spoke to her breeder and she asked could I take Gem to her vet. This vet is a breeder of GSD's she looked at the x-rays and said she was loose, but she's too young to tell, however when she looked further down the x-ray she could just see the beginning of swelling, she took further x-rays and you could see this massive swelling of the bone. She had an infection in the bone (common to Dobes).

    I only say this because the average vet can really put the wind up you, so to speak.

    My setter was also growing too fast. I was told by this vet to go and buy the cheapest bag of crap and feed her that. She was re-x-rayed at 15mths old and her score was 9. This is a good score.

    The first vet would of given her a score of approx 15. And they did not use the latest methods of x-raying hips. I no longer use that vet.

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