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    For how long? Because I know that my dog stops digging after she get's walked. I take her out to a little river beach a kilometre away with a friend and her Dachshund, and they spend a few minutes swimming and then following us while me and my friend explore. So usually she's out on a walk/adventure for two hours, while walking two kilometres. If that makes sense. I've never seen my dog dig after a walk... does yours run along the fence after a walk? Or is it just before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    For how long? Because I know that my dog stops digging after she get's walked. I take her out to a little river beach a kilometre away with a friend and her Dachshund, and they spend a few minutes swimming and then following us while me and my friend explore. So usually she's out on a walk/adventure for two hours, while walking two kilometres. If that makes sense. I've never seen my dog dig after a walk... does yours run along the fence after a walk? Or is it just before?
    I want to put my 2 cents worth in here.

    Your puppy is 14 weeks old...a 2 hour walk/2 kilometre walk and swimming is extreme for a young puppy. Also...has she had her 3 vaccinations + (often) 2 week after period to protect her from diseases?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I want to put my 2 cents worth in here.

    Your puppy is 14 weeks old...a 2 hour walk/2 kilometre walk and swimming is extreme for a young puppy. Also...has she had her 3 vaccinations + (often) 2 week after period to protect her from diseases?
    Yes, I know it is extreme but Dora gets back and can still run around the yard for half an hour she's very active. Yes, she has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Yes, I know it is extreme but Dora gets back and can still run around the yard for half an hour she's very active. Yes, she has.
    I understand that some puppies are "active"...it is up to us humans to limit their exercise to a healthy level. My staffy boy could run around too like a mad chook, but had to be limited due to risks of hardening of the lining around his heart.

    Over-exercising can put enormous amounts of strain on developing muscles...tendons and bones. That is why we "regulate" how much exercise we give them. We also need to minimise excessive jumping and running around after lets say frisbees etc until they are 12 months old!

    We might have active children...that doesn't mean we take them hiking up Mt Everest.

    Regarding vaccination regime...under normal circumstances...it is given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks OR at 8, 12 and 16 weeks...and THEN we need to wait an extra 2 weeks after the last vaccination to guarantee FULL immunisation. If your puppy is only 14 weeks...I am finding it difficult to see how a full vaccination program has been done, but you could enlighten me here.
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    Batty gets around 2.5 to 3 hours of exercise a day, that is spread over the entire day not in one hit. He also has heaps of little training sessions during the day and sleeps in between. Oh, and he sleeps the entire way through the night now (9pm - 4am).

    Clea, is that too much for him?

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    For us personally it's been so great getting another puppy! They will just play together all the time and crash out together too. Makes it easier on us, cuz puppies just seem to have way more energy than us haha! But yeah they're too young to go on walks, haven't had all their vaccinations, altho the vet said if we really want to we can take them along the shore line and let no other dogs come up to them, So we've done that a couple of times. But usually i let them out in the backyard and they'll spend hours out there playing and exploring the garden. They'll follow my older dog around, its really sweet! Then they'll come back in and crash out again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Batty gets around 2.5 to 3 hours of exercise a day, that is spread over the entire day not in one hit. He also has heaps of little training sessions during the day and sleeps in between. Oh, and he sleeps the entire way through the night now (9pm - 4am).

    Clea, is that too much for him?
    Look...we should minimise big bouts of exercise in one go. Like 2 hours walk for a 14 week old puppy is WAY too much...(no wonder she doesn't dig). ANY vet will tell you this...just ask them

    Small amounts during the day...10-15 minutes here and there WITHOUT excessive running/jumping after frisbees/balls etc that means sudden stop-start-stop-start....if you get my drift. The sudden stop/start motion puts extreme pressure on developing joint/muscles/tendons. Excessive walking does the same...strain on joints etc. Mental stimulation (incorporated training lessons) where they have to use their brain works a treat to make them "tired" without exhausting them.

    People eventually do what they think is right, but like I said...I have had active boys, that doesn't mean we took them hiking up Mt Everest. It is all about common sense really.

    Swimming is an excellent exercise...puts minimum amounts of strain on joints etc...but there are still limits.

    Tenterfield terriers love exercise and so do Staffies. As ADULTS...they need 1 hours of running in an off-leash park about 3 times a week and a normal walk the other days. They DO NOT need this as puppies. Luxating patellas (slipping kneecap) is something relating to Tenterfield Terriers...another reason why excessive exercise in young puppies should be avoided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Look...we should minimise big bouts of exercise in one go. Like 2 hours walk for a 14 week old puppy is WAY too much...(no wonder she doesn't dig). ANY vet will tell you this...just ask them
    Awesome, I'm doing the right thing there!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Small amounts during the day...10-15 minutes here and there WITHOUT excessive running/jumping after frisbees/balls etc that means sudden stop-start-stop-start....if you get my drift. The sudden stop/start motion puts extreme pressure on developing joint/muscles/tendons. Excessive walking does the same...strain on joints etc. Mental stimulation (incorporated training lessons) where they have to use their brain works a treat to make them "tired" without exhausting them.
    Is it ok to roll a ball around the house? I'm teaching Batty to retrieve at the moment and so far he's just chasing the ball across the carpet in the living room lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    People eventually do what they think is right, but like I said...I have had active boys, that doesn't mean we took them hiking up Mt Everest. It is all about common sense really.
    That makes complete sense to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Swimming is an excellent exercise...puts minimum amounts of strain on joints etc...but there are still limits.
    Shall have to see how Batty goes swimming in the river I think, hopefully he will like it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Tenterfield terriers love exercise and so do Staffies. As ADULTS...they need 1 hours of running in an off-leash park about 3 times a week and a normal walk the other days. They DO NOT need this as puppies. Luxating patellas (slipping kneecap) is something relating to Tenterfield Terriers...another reason why excessive exercise in young puppies should be avoided.
    Again this makes sense to me, sorry for all the questions! Batty is my first puppy and I want to do the right thing by him. I dictate the pace we go to and I try not to let him go over the top with exercising. I could have shot the NDN's cat this morning! He took Batty for 5 laps at full pelt around the garden I wish they would contain him!

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    the rolling of ball inside is ok....it is the sudden accelaration and stopping during ball/frisbee throws that are not good to begin with. Teaching to retrieve is an excellent exercise

    The "food circuit" exercise is a good one too. It teaches them to come. Here is what you do:

    You sit on a chair with a handful of treats. You say...Batty come...Batty comes you give a treat. You throw a treat on the floor about 1 metre away (make sure he sees you do this)...he goes to pick up treat and as soon as he has picked it up...say Batty come....batty comes and you give a treat......and so on and on. In no time Batty will get the picture of coming when you say so. You then make the distance you throw the treat further away when he understands what you want from him and eventually you can throw the treat a fair way and he will come when you say...Batty come You then start incorporating toys as the lure and not just treats

    Good luck (I hope you understand my explanation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    the rolling of ball inside is ok....it is the sudden accelaration and stopping during ball/frisbee throws that are not good to begin with. Teaching to retrieve is an excellent exercise

    The "food circuit" exercise is a good one too. It teaches them to come. Here is what you do:

    You sit on a chair with a handful of treats. You say...Batty come...Batty comes you give a treat. You throw a treat on the floor about 1 metre away (make sure he sees you do this)...he goes to pick up treat and as soon as he has picked it up...say Batty come....batty comes and you give a treat......and so on and on. In no time Batty will get the picture of coming when you say so. You then make the distance you throw the treat further away when he understands what you want from him and eventually you can throw the treat a fair way and he will come when you say...Batty come You then start incorporating toys as the lure and not just treats

    Good luck (I hope you understand my explanation)
    Glad I'm not doing the wrong thing by the little guy! How old would he need to be before he can handle games of frisbee etc?

    Yep, I understand, I'm going to try that now, he woke up about 10 mins ago, has been to the toilet and wants to play!

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