05-08-2012, 11:59 PM
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My best advice is to just pay attention to your puppy when you're out. If you see her fading, call it quits (really, try to quit before the fade but you might not catch it in time). Don't go out determined to accomplish x amount of minutes or x miles. If you feel like she's crashing too hard or gets into that "energetic exhausted" phase, you've probably overdone it, so just cut back a bit next time. So long as you're not forcing her to overwork, you should be fine. It's just so variable that it's not going to be accurate to say she needs x amount of exercise.
Also, soft surfaces are best, so the park is good! Anytime you can let your puppy exercise herself off lead is great! That way, she doesn't feel compelled to follow/keep up.
Because where is just as important as how much, here's some info on hd, which both breeds of your pup's mix can get. I have hunting breeds also prone to hd and have never been fond of exercising the young ones on sidewalks or paved surfaces. "The opportunity to exercise daily in parks up until the age of three months reduced the risk of HD, whereas the daily use of steps during the same period increased the risk. Overall, it would appear that daily exercise out in gently undulating terrain up until the age of three months gives a good prognosis when it comes to preventing HD" and "Varied exercise had a positive effect and dogs that exercised on a daily basis on a lead and running free in different types of terrain were free of symptoms longer than dogs that were less active." From A number of environmental factors can affect the incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs
Oh yeah, have fun!