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Lab puppy - advise please

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by stephwiggy, Jun 1, 2010.


  1. stephwiggy

    stephwiggy PetForums Junior

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    Morning everyone hope your all well today.

    As you may have seen we now have KIki. a choc lab puppy who came to us thurday last week !!

    She is doing very well we are weaning her off the weetabix and onto wainwrights and she is doing very well (solid poo's )

    anywho heres the first of many questions (i just want to be 100% sure i am doing everything well)

    So she is 11 weeks old today... i wanted to ask about exercise / over exercise i am aware that her exercise / play with my collie should be limited but i am not sure how much - inbetween slepps she often plays with maggie and the chase each other ..


    if any one could advise i would be sooo greatful
     
  2. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    when out walking limit her to 5 minutes per month of life twice a day.
    Playing with the other dogs in the home and garden I wouldn't worry - (although I've got small dogs, with very little risk of hip dysplacia) - my 2 played, ran and tumbled togetehr a lot when Lilly was a puppy.
     
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  3. Bearpaw

    Bearpaw PetForums VIP

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    Glad to hear Kiki is doing well and getting on with her new food.:)
    With walking i use the 5min per month age as a rough guide.
    Rough and tumble between dogs at home is fine,i dont play ball games that encourage jumping,and try not to let them bomb around the house doing bum tucks and skidding on the floor etc(depends on your floor covering too).They tend to get worn out so quickly at this age though anyway!
     
  4. Maz&Oozy

    Maz&Oozy PetForums Member

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    Ive always used 5 mins per month of age :)
     
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    dvnbiker PetForums Senior

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    yes I always did 5 mins per month, 5 mins per week would mean an 11 week old pup would be out for a walk for 55 mins which to my mind would be excessive.

    I did limit my youngster playing with the oldies for several reasons, didnt want her to get injured if they started to get rough, wanted her to bond with me rather than my other dogs plus the other dogs enjoyed having a break from her sometimes.
     
  6. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    Ooops :eek: - typo on my part I'll go back and edit, your right it should of read 5 mins per month
     
  7. HeyMeow

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    I didn't have any specific rules when my Labrador was a puppy. I let her play around until I thought It was a enough, and I took her to the city quite often to socialise (10-30 min walking around). It's ok to be cautious, but I feel some owners perhaps are a bit too cautious? My personal experience only..
     
  8. chrissie-h

    chrissie-h PetForums Junior

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    As others have said, play between your puppy and older dog is fine, just keep an eye on your pup. when she starts to tire make sure your older dog leaves her be. Your pup will tire faster, but you may also find your older dog has had enough of puppy play, so you may need to step in to seperate them at times. Just make sure you always supervise play at this stage - your dogs will probably both come to you to seek refuge from the other when they have had enough!

    With regard to walking, we have always just taken young pups to the park where they can play with other dogs. Five minutes lead training perhaps, and then just stand and supervise while they explore and play with other dogs. Again, you will know yourself when your pup starts to tire, and then you can always scoop them up and head home. Being in the park also means your pup will not be walking on hard surfaces like concrete which might lead to impact injuries.

    We found this works better than attempting to regiment walks and distance - dogs are all so different that it is hard to give exact guidelines for individuals.

    As Bearpaw said - just don't let her jump up, scramble up steep slopes, or any other things that may cause hip problems later on.
     
  9. swarthy

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    It's actually five minutes of on lead exercise per month of her life up to 12 months, this is designed to help protect the joints.

    I would be careful of too much rough play with older dogs as environmental dysplasia is a high risk particularly in the early days - some play is natural - but if it looks like is getting rough (and some Lab puppies can be nutters who really do not know when to stop for their own good) you need to intervebe

    I may have read this wrong, but I am a bit concerned when you say you are weaning off the Weetabix onto a dried food - did she come from the breeders on just Weetabix or was she having other food as well? (apologies if I have read this wrong).
     
  10. stephwiggy

    stephwiggy PetForums Junior

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    thank you all so much x
     
  11. stephwiggy

    stephwiggy PetForums Junior

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    nope you read right .....she was on weetabix and scrambled egg !!!!
     
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