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    Just wanted to know what the general consensus on giant breeds is with regards to how much exercise (both free running and leash walking) they should be doing as they grow.

    I have been told a lot of conflicting info!!! Shes an Irishwolfhound x and is 5 months old. At the moment she gets about 40 minutes free running/sniffing/play time at the dog park (plus we have a big yard!) and have started her this week doing a 5 minute leash walk around the block.

    Is this to much/to little? Also are there any surfaces that should be avoided at her age? :s

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    Sounds pretty good. As they are growing you need to limit hard exercise (full on running for long periods, agility/jumping etc) but walking is fine.

    Surfaces to avoid would be slippery ones. If you have tiles or floorboards just make sure you have some area rugs so the pup isn't always on the same surface.

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    Well I have had giants for many years....I allow mine free roam in the garden. I control play with the other dogs until I know that the other dogs will play "gently" as my adult dogs do. I don't allow steps unaided or up and down in the car, ramps is what we use.
    We now live in a house especially designed with no steps, since we have been newfie people since the eighties.
    I only do about 5 min on-leash training with my pups and even though I love obedience, I do not do too much sit and drop training. Only about two to three here and there.
    Once I feel they are no longer growing, I start that seriously.
    My last pup, Katy has not been heavily trained in Drop and sit on heeling, except for about three each per session, because she is still very loose. And I think patience pays off. because i can do agility with my older newfs, who both waited till about two years, before serious training with endurance. I got Annabelle at 14 month and she had very limited exercise before, because no one cared to take her out. Our Lukey is a bit the same, he again had hardly any exercise. And he has scored all zero's in his hip and elbow checks. Again he has a history of limited exercise........
    I just walk my dogs as far as they are comfortable when young and prefer off lead, because that means they do it by choice. Good luck with your young giant
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    As long as the pup or dog of a giant breed is not encouraged to run and play past his natural urge to do so he will be pretty right if fit to start with.
    Throwing frisbees or balls is not good as the fast stops and turns to catch the ball is very bad for loose and growing joints, just as our athletes hurt themelves so do dogs who engage in games too vigorous for them, a straight walk and some running is good, just do not over do it and do not encourage too many fast stops and turns even in a grown dog

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    Thank you! hopefully shes ok then, I just worry about taking her out for that bit to long and ruining her joints/ legs :S

    Hadn't considered getting in/out the car at all? did you make the ramps your self?

    I have another dog that is rather solid and 3.5yrs, he is very placid and plays very nicely with her, she is the pest in the relationship and trys to dart around him, nip his legs/ears as well as trying to 'box' him if you know what I mean. Should I stop her from doing this? My other dog never fights back! he just takes it. I wish he would just snap and put her in her place, but its been a month now. . .

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    Yes I know what you mean LOL.......Annabelle allowed Katy to do whatever she wanted to do. We were lucky, we have Tessa, who will not tolerate rudeness and has made Katy into a very polite youngster. If she had just lived alone with Annabelle it might have been different, until she met a Tessa type dog
    I am very lucky, I have a very handy hubby, who makes everything for me and the dogs. So yes our ramp is home made. But you can but suitable ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop&Teak! View Post
    Thank you! hopefully shes ok then, I just worry about taking her out for that bit to long and ruining her joints/ legs :S

    Hadn't considered getting in/out the car at all? did you make the ramps your self?

    I have another dog that is rather solid and 3.5yrs, he is very placid and plays very nicely with her, she is the pest in the relationship and trys to dart around him, nip his legs/ears as well as trying to 'box' him if you know what I mean. Should I stop her from doing this? My other dog never fights back! he just takes it. I wish he would just snap and put her in her place, but its been a month now. . .
    The older dog will do it when he has to.

    We have a very annoying fiesty small dog and our big boy just takes everything she gives too. She is almost 2 now and he still just lets her go hard for as long as she wants.

    Sometimes she will be hanging off his neck and he will just let her.

    In 2 years, he has maybe snapped at her twice and she always immediately backs down.

    Most older dogs have a bit of extra patience for pups IMO

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    Its Crazy! I always assumed that the older dog was "top dog" and wouldn't put up with that! Maybe he likes it? who knows!

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    Some older dogs are tolerant of feral pups. But they will normally stand up for themselves when really needed.

    With our big hound pups, we don't encourange jumping down from anything - and yep, down from the backs of high cars included. Down is more of an impact than jumping up, but jumping up can also result in clumsy pups banging their knees/stifles which is not flash either.

    Jumping off retaining walls, embankments, stairs etc is our big worry.

    We also don't let them really run flat out with the pack until they're over 12-18 months old. So if we take them to the big oval for a gallop, we keep pup/s on lead while the others go for the first feral, huge burst of speed. Then we can let pup/s off for a run around when things have settled a bit and the competition to keep up isn't so strong.

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