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Old 06-02-2017, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi - we get our new puppy, Brooke, in weeks and my Husband and I are concerned about how much to walk her. I have read 5 minutes per month of age but my Husband says he won't throw a ball for her until she is 2 as her bones won't be properly developed. Our last Lab had an arthritic elbow which we think may have been caused by too much exercise as a youngster. Any advice gratefully received.
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The "5 Minute Rule" is a reasonable guideline. It was never meant to be taken literally as a "Rule," just as a guide. The aim is so steadily increase the work as the muscles develop. As to fetching a ball, that depends on how far you throw it and how many times. I work my dogs and aim at them being ready to start by around 18 months, so I would start them retrieving pretty much around the time their adult teeth are through, say 6 months. But at that point the retrieves would only be around half a dozen yards, and probably only 3 or 4 times, again slowly building up. In the first video below Chloe was around 6 months old, and the second one about a year.

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Ditto above. I have to laugh at myself, there was no internet with our first puppy and we managed just fine with exercise by being prudent and not going any further or harder than we probably would with a human toddler.

Ball throwing is sort of a moot point with me, I throw like a girl. I AM a girl. But if I could lob it a couple of hundred yards, down or up a steep, rocky, brushy, treed hill? No; maybe not ever. REasonable puppy play of a few feet on my flat lawn? Sure.
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I wanted a pup that retrieved. We taught Luna to retrieve very early and she was a natural. It took quite a bit of work to teach her drop the ball so we could kick it for her but we managed it before I found that if considering gundog training this was the wrong thing to do!
She became addicted to her ball, her running and fetching. She is a lunatic so wouldn't brake properly would just drop and roll to stop. We had big gardens so she played a lot and too much with hindsight before she was a year old. And it was then her problems really began to show up. She is still addicted but can only partake in retrieving into water and swimming now.
I'd do things very differently in the future. In fact even with Tuck I've been more conservative since he came home at 14months old ish.
Think John gives good guidelines above.
Have fun! Encouraging them to waggle around you with toys and balls etc can be just as fun!
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I wanted a pup that retrieved. We taught Luna to retrieve very early and she was a natural. It took quite a bit of work to teach her drop the ball so we could kick it for her but we managed it before I found that if considering gundog training this was the wrong thing to do!
She became addicted to her ball, her running and fetching. She is a lunatic so wouldn't brake properly would just drop and roll to stop. We had big gardens so she played a lot and too much with hindsight before she was a year old. And it was then her problems really began to show up. She is still addicted but can only partake in retrieving into water and swimming now.
I'd do things very differently in the future. In fact even with Tuck I've been more conservative since he came home at 14months old ish.
Think John gives good guidelines above.
Have fun! Encouraging them to waggle around you with toys and balls etc can be just as fun!
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