I’ve been using the “Clubhouse” app lately, and I’ve been having conversations with Veterinarians and other dog trainers. I asked two questions recently to gain some clarity on a couple of pieces of advice I give regularly. One of them is to not jump your dog until your dog is about 12-16 months of age. The other piece of advice is that it is ok to take your puppy out during the time they’re getting their vaccinations, but there are some things to be careful about.
I’ll go into a little detail about what the tips are for jumping and other high-impact activities. To start, you should not be running a dog if they’re less than a year of age. What I mean but that is they shouldn’t be running on improved surfaces such as concrete and asphalt.
Inside your home, it will happen some, but you want to keep the hardcore running directed at the dirt and grass. This is also true for jumping, but climbing steps isn’t such a bad thing according to the veterinarian I spoke to. As a general rule, don’t let them jump higher than their elbows. Once the dog gets 12-16 months, you can start introducing the dog to higher jumps. To determine whether it’s 12 or 16 months, you should get an x-ray and see if the growth plates have fused. If they’ve fused, you should be good to go, considering their hips and elbows look good.
So now let’s say you want to socialize your puppy but they haven’t had all of their vaccines yet and are afraid of them catching something. The veterinarian stated that you actually do more harm to them by not socializing during that period of time than you do by keeping them safe from those things. You should try to avoid unhealthy animals, and even the urine of wild animals (where leptospirosis comes from). You’re not likely going to find that stuff on the pavement, so walking on those improved surfaces I told you earlier not to run them on, will be good.
I hope this is helpful, Happy Training!