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Old 01-02-2013, 01:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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We have a 10 in jolly ball for our girls for Christmas. They haven't been able to play with it yet as it has been rainy. The yard is a mess.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh my goodness - I just took Dozer for his first run with the ATV around the neighborhood. We went about 1 1/2 miles. I drove in 4th gear almost the whole time, drove up a pretty steep hill .... and what does Dozer do? Runs right past me several times, gets to the top of the hill and looks back at me like..."What? That's all you got?" We got home, I pulled the ATV in the garage and Dozer wasn't even breathing hard! My daughter and I are going to take him out for another run in a little while. Wow! What a dog!
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Oh my goodness - I just took Dozer for his first run with the ATV around the neighborhood. We went about 1 1/2 miles. I drove in 4th gear almost the whole time, drove up a pretty steep hill .... and what does Dozer do? Runs right past me several times, gets to the top of the hill and looks back at me like..."What? That's all you got?" We got home, I pulled the ATV in the garage and Dozer wasn't even breathing hard! My daughter and I are going to take him out for another run in a little while. Wow! What a dog!

How old is Dozer again? Just be careful if he is still growing as too much running can injure his joints.

If he is willingly running with you but all over the place (not pounding the pavement in a straight line type of thing) then your fine. But if he's got that much energy after a good atv ride then he needs a 'job'.
Mental stimulation tires a brain out alot faster than just physical. Does he know his basic commands like sit, stay, laydown? If yes, then go ahead with paw, high five, sit pretty, etc. You can also train him to bring stuff to you.. like for me Bosley can bring me my slippers now. He loves learning new things and let me tell you, when he is focused on what you are trying to teach them they tire themselves out!

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Dozer is VERY willing to run alongside the ATV. We live in a secluded neighborhood with dirt roads, so there is no pavement. He also will stop to run into a field or smell a bush. Because there is snow everywhere, my face gets frozen pretty quickly, so we don't go for too long. When it warms up, I will take him for slower, longer distances & also will take him jogging with me.

As a matter of fact, I just taught him to "lay down" yesterday. He got it after about 8 tries. Now he can sit & lay down. Next I am going to work on stay. Thanks for your advice!
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What you are doing is called road work. It is not recommended before 18 mths of age, as Val has mentioned he is still in his growth phase. He might eagerly be willing to do it but he can cause harm to his body long term (Hip dysplasia).

Is he a ball dog? Will he go after tennis balls? I would try and find a field and throw the ball to him over and over to help burn off some energy. Also I would look into purchasing a backpack to give him a job. Start off by placing a can of soup on each side for added weight. You dont want to over do do it but thats a good starting point. He will get rid of more energy that way and its a job.

If you have other dogs, then maybe throw the ball to them as a group. They will all try to compete to see who can get the ball first.
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He is in his teething phase, wait until he hits the dreaded teenager stage at around 8 mths. Crate him when you cant watch him and get rid of that extra energy 3-4 times per day with a walk and ball play.
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I appreciate your advice. However, from my experience and my knowledge of dogs, I don't believe it is "not recommended" to take a large breed puppy out for a run. In fact, I think it's a great way to give him a change of scenery, some alone time with his owner, and a great source of exercise. He stops whenever he wants to stop, either to pee or sniff. And he shows no signs of unhappiness while running. In fact, as soon as I start up the ATV, he waits for me at the end of the driveway. I understand this he is still growing and developing, but I don't think that jogging/running for a mile or so is going to hurt him.
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I appreciate your advice. However, from my experience and my knowledge of dogs, I don't believe it is "not recommended" to take a large breed puppy out for a run. In fact, I think it's a great way to give him a change of scenery, some alone time with his owner, and a great source of exercise. He stops whenever he wants to stop, either to pee or sniff. And he shows no signs of unhappiness while running. In fact, as soon as I start up the ATV, he waits for me at the end of the driveway. I understand this he is still growing and developing, but I don't think that jogging/running for a mile or so is going to hurt him.
Go and ask a vet about it then; They will tell you the same thing. Their growth plates do not close and harden up until they are atleast 18 months old. Some take a bit longer and others not.

If it were my dog, I would find something a heck of alot better for him to be doing to ensure that he doesn't inadvertently hurt himself. It doesn't take much to create an injury...regardless of whether he is happy doing it or not. It's like giving a 5 year old a choice between ice cream and brussel sprouts; they'll choose to eat the ice cream over the sprouts every time and be happy about it but it's not necessarily the best thing for them in the long run.

The tone of your response is setting me off a bit . You asked about chewing; we told you how to help with that. A mile long run for a 5 month old puppy is not recommended no matter where you go or what 'breed' the dog is (p.s. boxers are not considered large breed; the standard is medium)

Just trying to save your dog from a potential injury and your pocket book as well down the road...
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Well your knowledge is misinformed on this aspect. Like Val said, consult with any vet, they will tell you the same thing we did.
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[QUOTE=The tone of your response is setting me off a bit . ...[/QUOTE]

I thought my response was honest, yet respectful. I wasn't rude or aggressive - I simply stated my opinion, just like everyone else has. In fact, I think the next 2 responses after mine are quite rude.

Everyone has different opinions on raising dogs. People are going to do things differently. I am sure people on here have other opinions that I don't agree with, nor do you. However, as adults, I would think that you could phrase your opinions in a matter that is calmer and more respectful.

And a dog that weighs 60+ pounds would be considered a large breed. But of course, you won't believe me and will once again shout at me that I wrong. List of Large Dog Breeds - Big Dog Breeds - Large Dogs Myself and this website beg to differ. But of course you will just say that this website is "misinformed". Oh well. My dogs are happy, healthy, spoiled, and very well taken care of.
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