How to give a young puppy exercise?

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Hi guys- I have an 8 week old . I just took her to the vet to get her first round of shots, at which they said she couldn't go on walks until she's 16 weeks old(done with her vaccinations). I understand this is for her safety, but require a lot of . What are some other ways to get her exercise, besides walks(until she's 16 weeks). I can only keep her inside and in my front/backyard. Thanks!

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Answer by keezy
time to play fetch

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    • King Les The Lofty
    • December 12, 2013

    • “How to give a young puppy exercise?”

    Open the crate’s door.
    If it’s not constantly crated, it will give itself all the PHYSICAL exercise it needs at this age. It is over to you to begin the familiarisation-&-confidence-building experiences of every movement, scent, sight, sound & texture available on your dog-proof property, and the MENTAL exercises pups need.

    • “they said she couldn’t go on walks until she’s 16 weeks old(done with her vaccinations).”

    I don’t know who “they” are, but if you think the VET told you that then either YOU are too “thick” to understand what the vet REALLY said, or you need to to find a properly-TRAINED vet.

    Reality #1 is that vaccinations are NOT “magic bullets” – they usually take 2 weeks to become effective.

    Reality #2 is that, without going to the trouble of blood draws almost every day to find the current anti-body titres, it is is impossible to know WHEN the “passive immunity” (antibodies passed from dam to pups in her colostrum aka “first milk”) drops to a level that won’t destroy the attenuated viruses before the active immune system has had time to start recognising each type of virus & working out how best to destroy that type of virus. 10-11 weeks old is a common age, but the level can drop earlier or later. Anything injected before the titres drop to the appropriate level will be destroyed but at the same time will “:burn up” lots of the remaining antibodies. Waiting too long results in the pup contacting “wild” virus and becoming sick enough to die, with distemper and parvovirus being the most likely killers.
    So the current protocol is for vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks (and that’s it for LIFE, unless rabies is required for adults), and we being unable to rely on ANY vaccination having worked until 2 weeks afterwards. Which adds up to 18 weeks, not 16.

    Physical exercise is NOT a problem for any young pup on a dog-proof & brat-proof fenced property.

    However, because of the mental development stages of pooches, it is essential that they have those safe-&-FUN (in Pup’s opinion) familiarisation-&-confidence-building experiences completed, or almost so, while Pup is in its confident-&-curious phase – which normally ends at 13 weeks old.

    So use “home quarantine” until 2 weeks after the shots given at 8 weeks, giving Pup every experience available on your property.
    And then DRIVE your pup to places where dogs do NOT run free, do NOT piddle-poo-vomit. And there add whatever experiences are not available at home. Put the emphasis on Pup being allowed to “follow its nose”, zigging & zagging as it attempts to “explore in all directions at once” – use the leash to pull Pup away from scared people and dangerous/disgusting things but leave walking-at-Heel until you are in a training class.

    Study the links in
    and, if you are in a rabies area, use the Rabies link to donate to the Dodds-et-al team that is attempting to convince ultra-conservative politicians that immunity to rabies lasts for life, or for at least 7 years.

    • “but German shepherds require a lot of exercise.”

    A “German shepherd” is a PERSON. My canine breed’s real name translates as German Shepherd Dog – 3 words in the special noun, so 3 capital initials required, giving GSD for short.

    • “What are some other ways to get her exercise, besides walks(until she’s 16 weeks).

    ANYthing Pup can do without jumping:
    – Free play.
    – Games of Bouncing-Ball-Chase (Pup will soon tease you with the ball it is fetching, giving itself extra dancing-exercise until it allows you to throw the ball again).
    – Dumbbell chasing.
    – Tug-o’-War (use a knotted rope or towel).
    -“Where’s Bob?” (or some other member of the household) who is hiding up-wind & maybe humming or whistling during the early games before Pup has learned to follow a scent.
    – Finding a treat that’s hidden under a sack or old towel.

    In all of them, the most important things are that PUP enjoys them and that as soon as Pup does what you desire, you praise (including her name and the future command-word) & reward it, such as “Good girl Bessie TUG!” (rub rub).

    to your browser, so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs.

    To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as
    The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include actual photos in your posts, unlike the clunky mechanism that stingy Y!A provides.

    King Les – first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968

    • H
    • December 12, 2013

    When my dog was 8 weeks old, I used tennis balls and I would roll them fast down the hallway or across the room. My puppy would chase them until he got tired. It is safe because you are rolling them instead of trowing them in your house. My dog got plenty of exercise and loved it.

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