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August 5, 2013
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Ed Frawley Sits Down with Mark Keating

Ed Frawley Sits Down with Mark Keating

Ed Frawley and Mark Keating have a combined 60+ years of dog training experience. Check out this video where they had a chance to sit down and discuss some of these experiences. They talk about everything from traveling to Europe in the 80's to watching dog shows to Mark Keating's musical influence to his dog training. This is a great interview. We had a ton of fun sitting down with Mark and hope you have as much fun listening to the candid conversation of 2 dog trainers discussing their experiences over the years.

August 5, 2013   |   44 Minutes, 26 Seconds

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Question: My 13 week old pup has so much energy & I'm paranoid about hip dysplasia, should I be restricting her exercise?

I have Puppies 8 weeks to 8 months and the series of building drive and focus. I love them but have a couple questions as a first time dog owner.

I have a GSD working line puppy that is 13 weeks old now. She has soooo much energy that I'm having a hard time gauging how much exercise is too much. Right now, I'm walking her around the block about 3 times a day (sometimes I take her for a longer walk because she has so much energy) and I train her once a day in the backyard. I know I'm not supposed to run with her, but when I give her the STAY command and then tell her COME, she does run to me. Should I be walking her less or restricting her from running every day? I am very paranoid about causing dysplasia. What preventative measures can I take?

Cindy's Response:

I wouldn’t be so overly worried about her running around. Puppies build muscle and coordination via play and running. What we don’t want to encourage is FORCED running, structured extended exercise sessions or extreme hiking where the pup shows they don’t want to go on.

You may also want to drain her energy thru restrained recalls as shown in the video Training the Recall. I would also suggest several short (2-4 minute) sessions on engagement and marker training each day.  That’s one of the best ways to tire out a pup.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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