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Jumping up/off things. When?

I see in some pics puppies up on couches. Evye is too small to jump up on the couch (she tries) so I assume she is too little to jump off without getting hurt. When is it okay to let her up on the couch or bed? Are they good jumpers and I just don't know it? My bed is very high and I'm afraid she'll fall/jump off and get hurt. I don't know too much about puppies so I was going by the philosophy if she can't jump up on it, she can't jump off it. Or, am I being toooooo cautious and missing out on a lot of puppy fun.
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Evye is so adorable!!!!!! That was a good question, and I have been wondering about that myself. I let Marble jump on the couch when he could jump up, but like you, I'm worried about the bed. We have a few beds that are very high, and I don't know what height they can safely jump from without injuring themselves and their hips, knees, etc. Perhaps some of the others will know.

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going by the philosophy if she can't jump up on it, she can't jump off it.
I think that is perfect to go by. Mine are now adults but I always think of what could happen to my adult body if I jumped off something 10x my height... not good. We have a little footstool near the couch the dogs use and we have one for the bed too. But as puppies, I really try to not let them jump period. They can really hurt their growth plates.

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Personally you shouldn't allow your puppy to jump off the couch unless it's on some very soft carpet. Their bones are still developing and jumping from a couch onto a hard floor is definitely not good. I made sure my guys didn't jump off the couch until around 6-8months.

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Sophie is a great jumper...but I do worry about her jumping down from the bed onto our hardwood floors. I really need to get her some steps...

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Our rule of thumb is that they are not allowed to jump off of anything that they can't jump up on to. It's especially important that children understand this because sometimes they forget.

Yes, they are very good jumpers.
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The First Jump

Evye is so pretty. You have to be careful until their bones are strong. I was very careful until they were 10-11 months old. If you don't mind them jumping on the sofas or beds, you can supervise their jumping activities and let them enjoy, explore, be adventurous. It is a lot of fun to watch all the "Firsts".

I supervised Benji and Lizzie when they started to jump at about 4 1/2-5 months. Jumping on hardwood / laminate floors is a NO-NO at our home. Benji is very agile and jumps fearlessly. He once jumped almost 6 feet (from our deck onto the lawn to herd puppy Lizzie back into the house, my heart was in my mouth when I saw that !) Lizzie is not as adventurous in jumping, she hesitates even jumping from familiar sofas and our bed.

Here is Lizzie's first jump. She was so smart to realize that she couldn't jump on the couch from the floor. So she had a plan....

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Poornima, that is so cute and what a cute little butt!!
I remember how excited I got when Cicero first learned to jump on the sofa, but he was afraid to jump down. He learned to use his nose to push a pillow off the sofa, them jump down on it. It's fun to see their little brains working.

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When lil' Evye is big enough to jump up on the coach/bed, don't forget to train her to only do so when invited! Casey is very obedient in this regard and I love that. (It makes her seem so 'polite' -- LOL!)

Have said that, my goodness your little pup is the cutest little thing EVER!
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My rule was also jump off when you can jump on. However, we still let him on the couch when he couldn't jump onto it himself (the first time he ever did it was 6 months!), we just made sure to watch him very closely and if he even LOOKED like he wanted to get off, we'd set him down ourselves. It worked for us.

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