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Hi Viz Lovers!

I was told today by a breader/trainer that A pup of 9 months old should only have 25 mins a day on long leash.

I have been using Gunfields guidlines of 5 mins per month of age twice a day. So a 8 month old would have 40 mins twice a day. Is this too much? I would of thought Gunfields know there stuff though??

He also said to change to adult food as soo much protein now???????????????? Leos nearly 9 months now.

All replies appreciated.

Thanks

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I was taking my 7 month old for a 5 mile walk a day (only way she takes a nap) our trainer said that is waaay too much a half hour a day is all she should have. We switched to this and her behavior problems are a lot less with only a 30 minute walk. Also we switched to nutri-source food with less protein because she was soooooooo hyper. This seems to really help as well.
 

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hmmm didn't know you could over-exercise a Vizsla ???

What are the signs and symptoms of over-exercising?

I ran my V at much more than 30 minutes a day when he was that young.
 

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Hi,

the over exercising comes into play whilst thier bones and ligaments are still developing. If over exercising whilst this is going on the hip dysplacia, (spelling??) could be a problem.

Personally I take Peanut, (9 mths), out for a 10 min stretch legs first thing after a night in cage and generally for a good hour to hour and 20 during the day. If we go over this then I give her a couple of rest days when all walks are short and on lead so she isn't constantly over her 'allowances'.

Being sensible is the key because I for one can't stop her running about in the house which is more exercise. They soon get to a year old then away they go..............

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This is true. Our breeder asked me to stop taking Kian for jogs when he was about 7 months old. Said it's bad for their growth plates and ligaments. They need to develop first. They actually recommended 14-16 months.
At 13 months now he seems to be fine with off leash running over an hour.
 

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I run Cooper about 10-15 mins at a time and about 3-4 times a day on the golf course. Most of this time is at a pretty fast pace as he is usually chasing geese around. Is this too much? He is almost 7 months old and doesn't ever show any signs of having any problems with this amount of exercise.
 

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I think the only way to tell if any damage has been done is ti hip score them, but unless you are going to breed from them then I don't see the point and just take what you have been given in the end.

You can only do what you think best for your dog at the time.

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Yeah i see what you mean. Leo is 9 months next week so its a bit late now to be changing is routine anyway. At 12 months i was told they are ok for anything but obvioulsy gadually increased.

Its not easy limiting a Viz as if you dont take them out they run round like mad anyway at home.
 
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