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August 27, 2012
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Playing Tug While Teething

Playing Tug While Teething

Ed Frawley answers a question from a Leerburg customer about why not to play tug with a teething puppy and explains how to use a food reward rather than a tug during this delicate time in your puppy's life.

August 27, 2012   |   3 Minutes, 6 Seconds

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Question: How much exercise can a 5 month old puppy handle?

Hi Cindy,

All my training and rehab experience  has been with dogs over eight months. I have the opportunity to add a five month working Malinois to our pack. My question regards standardized leash work and pack walks. We walk twice daily on average minimum 3.5 miles or seven miles daily. With a pup under eight months, how much walking exercise can they handle? Not ruining growth plates, or hips in early development? I need advice on daily exercise.


There is no set answer to your question, every puppy is different. Walking is typically fine as long as the pup can go at their own pace. 

Forced exercise (jogging, lots of long distance extended fetching games) is not recommended for growing pups.

I hike and snowshoe with all my dogs from the time they are very small but we don’t do any structured running or anything like that until they are skeletally mature.

Cindy Rhodes


Thank you for your reply and help. That is what I have been doing... basing our distance and pace off the newest or weakest dog, building endurance and muscle tone! Such a simple ???, and I basically already knew the answer.

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

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Customer Comments

on Leerburg's How to Break Up a Dog Fight Article


I found your article on how to break up dog fights very very useful. I recently started working in a dog boarding and daycare facility. Some days there are as many as 125 dogs in the yards. There are multiple yards and we do our best to divide based on temperament but yesterday was my first dog fight. I have lots of experience with big animals (steers, sheep, etc) but none with such sharp teeth. I ended up with a relatively minor bite, two teeth puncture wounds but no tearing. I used the collar grab to break up the fight and one of the collars broke. Anyway, long story short your article was perfect and I will be using this advice for future incidences. I just wanted to say thank you because I think it will avoid any further or more serious injury on my part as well as for the dogs.


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