Jumping A Lot

Discussion in 'Puppies' started by Mr-Remington, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Mr-Remington Experienced Member

    This might sound like a stupid question, but I've never had a puppy. Remi is now getting to that age (13 weeks/ 14 as of tomorrow) where he jumps up and down all the time, including off the furniture. I know this is bad for their bones, and was wondering if jumping of the couch or bed will hurt his bones in the future. I read that their suppose to wait until a year before any kind of jumping for agility and such is done, so does that mean that I need to watch everything he does so he doesn't jump off any furniture. Or is it okay to let him jump off stuff?
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  2. 648117 Honored Member

    My understanding was that the thing with agility was that it was more repetitive and that was the problem.
    Just like not walking puppies to far because the repetitive movement was not good for them (for their joints).

    So if you are doing agility the dog is likely to jump many times within an hour (like, over 20 times easily within an hour) but at home a dog is unlikely to jump more than about twice an hour or something. So unless it is an extreme height I wouldn't worry about it too much, and realistically it is hard to stop a puppy jumping off stuff.

    Holly does agility, she's 9 months so she has no bars on her jumps and only jumps over the cross bar that holds the jump together and only ones with a low cross bar (there are a couple she isn't allowed to use because even without any added bars it is too high for her) and I make sure she doesn't do it too much (which is alright because she loves the tunnel and wobble board just as much).

    Even when she was a little puppy she jumped in the house and in the backyard. I'm not saying it's the best, but she has always been a very active puppy that loves jumping off stuff.

    But I've got a small breed puppy (and I've only ever had small dogs) so maybe it is more of a problem for larger breeds and they do need to be stopped because they take longer to grow and their joints have to take more weight?

    I'm not sure.
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  3. Anneke Honored Member

    Don't worry too much about this;) Unless you really don't want him on the furniture or bed, there is no real problem.
    It is good for their development. It's like 648117 says it's repetions that put a lot of pressure on the joints.

    I asked a specialist in Hip Dysplasia(where I went for Cooper) about this and he thought is was fine. I also asked about young dogs walking up and down stairs and he said that was ok too, as long as it was a controlled walk, not a run and not a million times a day. But if it was only a few times, no problem.
    Cooper loved to race up the stairs, then race down and jump onto his mat, so he would slide through the room(laminate floor):rolleyes: So we had to block the stairs, because he would that like 20 times in 10 minutes, silly boy.
    We didn't want him to walk the stairs, but he saw our other dog do it.
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  4. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    great answers above,
    I hear it is repetition too, but i'd avoid super high jumping. I would have worried same as you did, Mr Remi. Was a good post, Mr Remi.
    i just wanted to say, i just admire when ppl DO care that much about their dog,
    about raising their dog right,
    and are not too proud to ask stuff, to get ideas and opinions about their dog,
    i just thought it was a very cool question, imo.
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  5. Mr-Remington Experienced Member

    Tigerlily- Thank you. I worry a lot about Remi. He is a learning experience as my first puppy, and I don't want to go wrong with him. I feel I ask too many questions sometimes.
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  6. Mr-Remington Experienced Member

    Thank you 648117 I'm going to watch him and make sure he doesn't jump to often.
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  7. Mr-Remington Experienced Member

    I am so glad that I don't have stairs! Remi loves to jump and run, the idea of stairs with him is kinda frightening. He would love them just as much as Cooper.
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  8. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    //" I feel I ask too many questions sometimes."//

    oh not at all, i think that is only way we learn about dogs. Not one of us is born knowing how to raise a dog or how to train a dog,
    not one of us. All we can do is learn from each other and learn from our dogs.

    there is no dumb question. no one knows everything, nope.

    NOT asking can be bad idea sometimes!!:ROFLMAO: oh dawg, when i think back to things i used to think, oh my.....wish i had HAD someone to ask back then....oh my...

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