September 17, 2008

Can you walk a great dane while its a puppy?

I just got a Great dane puppy that is 5 months old. We want to take her for walks but we heard that we shouldnt walk her till she is 18 months old. Is this true?

You want to avoid strenuous exercise until 18 to 24 months of age, but short walks and trips to the park are ok.

This forum will know more about it since it is dedicated to giant breeds.
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September 8, 2008

Clueless @ 7:33 pm

8 to 9 month is ok. too young is bad too many disease and Shape glass or grimes.
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dartass224 @ 7:34 pm

Of course you can. You should be out and socialize her as much as possible. Starting her out with leashes and walking manners now is best.

You should NOT do any heavy running, or jogging on cement until she is 18 months and her joints can handle it. But nice short walks on leash are no problem.
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Stephanie @ 7:37 pm

What 18 months old? That dog will be huge by then. Don't go by what you "heard" just walk the dog. I've never heard anything like that. I suggest getting a book specifically on great danes and see what it says.
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The B's @ 7:46 pm

That is silly! Can you imagine all that built up puppy energy? Yes, you can, what you worry about is long, strenuous playing/exercise. A leisure walk daily or twice a day would be just fine and beneficial for both of you.
Giant breed puppies grow extremely fast. Good nutrition is important here. A high quality food made for large breeds will help the pup grow at the proper rate.
Also, repeated trauma from say, taking the dog jogging or letting the pup jump and play rough can cause problems in the tender, rapidly growing joints. There are many factors that contribute to joint and bone problems, a few of which we can prevent, ie, proper nutrition and controlled exercise.
My suggestion would be to talk with your vet. Just getting the puppy, you should have her examined to make sure she is healthy. You can inquire about a diet and the amount of exercise they recommend.
Best of luck with your girl!
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Attackofthebear @ 8:03 pm

You want to avoid strenuous exercise until 18 to 24 months of age, but short walks and trips to the park are ok.

This forum will know more about it since it is dedicated to giant breeds.
http://www.bigdogsporch.com
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September 10, 2008

Dema J @ 10:18 pm

tate1995, I haven't had any problems with my great dane.
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October 12, 2008

Lauren @ 2:35 pm

i havea great dane shes 9 andimnot sure how muchi should walk her do u have any suggestions?

January 30, 2009

Sally @ 7:26 pm

I just got a Great dane puppy that is 5 months old. We want to take her for walks but we heard that we shouldnt WALK her till she is 18 months old. Is this true?

Great Danes SHOULD be walked on a regular basis, I wouldn't start any later than 5 months. Just pay attention to how tired your puppy gets. Just no bike-riding, jogging, or running ON leash until at least 18 months but I waited until mine was 2 years old cuz she wasn't done growing tall, and she is almost 3 but it appears she is still filling out. It is ok for a dog to romp and run around OFF leash at their own pace and length of time. I started walking my great dane female at 4 months old for 10min at a time, built up to 30 minutes at a time twice per day by 6 months old plus lots of off-leash romping at the dog park starting at 5.5 months old 2 weeks after she got her last shots.

April 9, 2010

Dawna Eddinger @ 4:06 pm

I am asking the same question. My Great Dane is 5 months old. We have been walking about a mile a day. She seems to love it but her breeder said I should not be walking her that far. Now I am concerned.

April 10, 2010

Dawna Eddinger @ 2:11 pm

I appreciate what you said here. I am struggling with the same question you responded too. I have always walked my Danes by the time they were 5-6 months old. My last Dane was 12 when we had to put her down. I have a puppy that is 5 months old and we have been walking between 1-2 miles a day building up for about the last month. I have found that 2 miles seems a little bit much for her so I am trying not to go more than 1 1/2. I had someone make a comment about me using forced exercise so I was questioning myself. Yesterday, I did not walk her and her behavior showed it! She was into everything, taking food off the table, toys out of the grandbaby's room and romping all through the house. She NEEDS her walks and misses them when she doesn't get them. Today we will walk!
Thanks Dawna

Dawna Eddinger @ 2:14 pm

Oh, one more thing. I called my vet and they said walking 1-2 miles was not a problem for their joints. However, running on leash of any sort is! If they prefer to walk in the grass allow that as well, it is softer on their joints. Watch behavior as well as gait with these guys.

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