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Puppies and Exercise

Institute of Canine Biology ,,, Exercise is good and bad
Exercise strengthens the muscles of the legs and pelvis, and this will increase the stability of the hip joint. But all exercise is not created equal.

Puppies raised on slippery surfaces or with access to stairs when they are less than 3 months old have a higher risk of hip dysplasia,while those who are allowed off-lead exercise on soft, uneven ground (such as in a park) have a lower risk (Krontveit et al 2012). Dogs born in summer have a lower risk of hip dysplasia, presumably because they have more opportunity for exercise outdoors (Ktontveit et al 2012). On the other hand, dogs from 12-24 months old that regularly chase a ball or stick thrown by the owner have an higher risk of developing dysplastic hips (Sallander et al 2006).

The most critical period for proper growth and development of the hip in dogs is from birth to 8 weeks old, so the type of exercise the puppies are exposed to is most important during this time.

here's a good article https://www.puppyculture.com/appropriate-exercise.html

"for dogs under 1 year, I discourage any kind of "forced" exercise -- fetching, jogging, biking, etc. basically anything that is prompted by the owner and wherever the dog might do more than it should or would be including to do due to social facilitation by the owner.I think long line walks or off leash exercise over solid footing is ideal.
I've done this for decades with my dogs starting even at 3-4 months of age and never had orthopedic issues from it."

Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC
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I appreciate this Dave. I really do worry I wasn't as careful with Sophie as I should have been. I didn't let her jump, or stairs, or on and off furniture to floor (had and still have cushioning on floor around both). But she is such a wild girl she always has ran like a little banshee, leaping thru the air on her own, and I did throw ball or frisbee for her although I would aim them at the agility tunnel from the side so she would slow before she got there and would also be slowed by the soft tunnel if she overshot. Still I now am wishing I could go back and keep her in a stronger bubble!
I am also wondering if it's more repeated excercise stress or if just one or two incidences would also be a factor. I let her play as a puppy and although she was a wild girl not much more stressful on her than her running around like a wing nut all by herself (which is more than I liked). but there was one incidence where she took off over uneven ground with a larger puppy and we couldn't catch either puppy (fenced) until they wore out and Sophie had been tripping over holes at fill speed and finally lay down panting like crazy.

I need a xanax now just thinking about it lol. I just really hope I didn't let anything happen she'll pay for later.

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