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Ramping up excersize with an 8 month old?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by keagan, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. keagan

    keagan Little Dog

    So, I have been thinking that my 8 month old pup has a little extra padding around the ribs and hips. It's sort of hard for me to gauge because the other two dogs in the house are Boxers, and he's naturally just thicker and stockier than they are. I don't have a similarly built dog to compare him to! But I do know I should be able to easily feel his ribs and hip bones, and even see a little rib. Don't get me wrong, he's not "fat", just carrying a little extra padding.

    We had a vet check up yesterday, and the vet agreed that for his current frame, he should be carrying maybe a pound or two less. He came in at 56.5 pounds, and she thought 55 would be good for his current stature. (Mind that he's a mix and his mother was a 65lb Boxer, so I expected him to be a little on the large side.) Her advice though was that he'll grow into the weight and to just not increase food intake. Obvious. I don't want to decrease either because he acts ravenous as it is (and no, no worms or other health concerns).

    I was thinking we'd just work him a little more, but not sure how much I should do with him since he's still growing and I don't want to stress his joints. Right now he gets about 2 hours of walking a day, plus he does a lot of running around the yard, fetch, some rough and tumble dog play, training, etc. He loves his flirt pole, too. I am wondering if it's ok to start doing a little more acrobatic work with the flirt pole. Right now we just have him chasing along the ground, and try to keep him from doing too much jumping. At 8 months, is it ok to do a little leaping? He's got loads of energy and I know he wants to jump because we have a hard enough time keeping him on the ground as it is.

    Any other suggestions? What would you do with a pup with a little extra padding?

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