SaraB Posted October 23, 2020 Report Share Posted October 23, 2020 Hi everyone, I have a very energetic, bold and adventurous 11 week old collie, Bryn. Now that he can soon go for walks, I would love some breed-specific and real-life advice as to how to proceed with exercise safely. I am also concerned about the amout of activity that my pup is doing in day to day life. I will bullet these for ease - any advice would be much appreciated! - There are two steps between my living room and kitchen. Bryn likes nothing more than to bound between the two rooms, hopping up the steps and jumping down them. He also jumps up and off anything he can - the sofa, bed, etc. My house also has steep stairs. Bryn can go up my stairs, but not down, but can go both up and down less steep stairs in my partner's house. I was not aware until yesterday (cringe) that stairs are bad for pups and have, to my horror, been encouraging his use of stairs. Should I now stop this immediately, or should I monitor this carefully? I could use baby gates if necessary but I am not sure that I can completely stop the use of the two steps between my living room and kitchen (weird stair layout). - Up until now we have been playing in both a large and small garden and have been playing fetch. He often stalks the ball and will run up to it and pause before 'attacking' and therefore there's little jolting. I would like to continue fetching as it is excellent for enforcing some down-time. Is this OK? - My (recently recearched) understanding is that walking should be 5 mins per month, so 15 mins max at the moment. He plays and dashes about the garden for longer than this! Surely one size doesn't fit all breeds? I know they can overwork themselves but I would like to be able to take him for longer walks (within reason) so that we can explore hills and rivers. Should I stick to this and pop him in a bag if necessary, or should I play it by ear? - He can be a voracious play-fighter. One dog in particular that he now encounters (my partner's housemate's dog) is a 6mo large and boisterous american bulldog puppy. I am anxious about this play because the dog seems oblivious to his size and they will play roughly. Bryn gives as good as he gets but is a quarter of the size and gets sat on and rolled over. They also get snarly and need to be separated. I hate this. I don't want to foster a boisterous and aggressive dog. I don't believe that they can give each other appropriate feedback. Am I being overly concerned and should I let them get on with it? Again I want to make sure that he is happy and healthy. I certainly don't want to do anything that would damage him. When I had my previous collie-cross pup the internet wasn't really around and we just went with it! He did a lot from an early age and went on to be a fab agility dog. Ignorance isn't really acceptable though! Thanks everyone. Sara Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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