This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy, it really shows how far the bones ๐Ÿฆด have to grow before they become a proper joint! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

๐Ÿถ Puppy exercise is sooo important as young dogs undergo significant physical changes.

๐Ÿถ Most growth takes place between the ages of 4 to 8 months however, in some large/giant dog breeds the growth plates may remain open up to 18-20 months!

๐Ÿถ There is no question that puppies LOVE to exercise & we want nothing more than to make them happy BUT puppy exercise limits MUST be applied to prevent damage to the puppyโ€™s developing skeletal ๐Ÿฆด system.

So hereโ€™s a guide to help; โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿถ Over-training, such as long-distance running, is unhealthy for young dogs and the benefits are minimal. Some dogs are driven to exercise and, as owners, we feel we are doing them a service by giving them what they want…
So… what is enough?๐Ÿค”

Appropriate Puppy Exercise 0-6mths

๐Ÿพ Walking โ€“ slow, short walks up to 30 mins, with plenty of opportunities for your puppy to stop & sniff sniff sniff

๐ŸพFormal skills training โ€“ sit, stay, down, touch โ€“ no more than 2 mins per session.

๐ŸพFree play โ€“ no more than 10 mins; discourage rough play, such as body slamming.

๐Ÿพ Chasing objects โ€“ roll balls and drag toys along the ground. Avoid repetitive ball throwing & chasing.

๐ŸพTugging โ€“ do not pull against the dog โ€“ hold the toy and let the puppy pull against you; keep the toy low, to maintain the puppyโ€™s neck in a straight line with its back.

๐ŸพAvoid โ€“ direct running ๐Ÿ‘Ž , jumping, indoor/outdoor stairs, fast turns, sudden stops like chasing a ball! ๐ŸŽพ

๐ŸพYoung puppies, up to six months, should not be exercised with the intent to increase strength or endurance. These puppies should be allowed to play naturally, i.e. self-directed play.

๐Ÿพ Jumping is often encouraged, with little understanding of the damage it can cause a young pup. Do not allow your puppy up on high objects without good supervision and assist them when getting down.

We hope you share this with all your friends, students & puppy owners – Letโ€™s spread the word and make positive changes ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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