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Old 06-24-2013, 11:31 PM
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Got new 13 week husky rescue yesterday. He is super mellow pup. Like my vet and others have already commented. He is fully healthy though. Does it take them a few days to settle in? I was looking forward to starting running back up with him as my shepherd got too old to run, but short learning tasks like lets have cat time and learn to eat with big fogs seem to tire him out.
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He's a puppy still, so he'll get tired a lot quicker than an older dog. I wouldn't recommend running a lot with him either, as it's rough on developing joints and can cause problems later. :\

On a slightly off topic -- any pictures? I bet we'd all like to see.
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Got new 13 week husky rescue yesterday. He is super mellow pup. Like my vet and others have already commented. He is fully healthy though. Does it take them a few days to settle in? I was looking forward to starting running back up with him as my shepherd got too old to run, but short learning tasks like lets have cat time and learn to eat with big fogs seem to tire him out.
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Congratulations on your new puppy... Yes, he will need time to settle in... He'll be on his best behaviour the first week or two...

The recommended time exercising a puppy is 5 minutes per day per month in the dog's age... so at the moment max 15 minutes per day... That should be walking, not running... I'd wait some months before running with him....
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He is still a baby and not ready to go jogging with you!
That's like asking a 3 year old child to run a marathon.

Let him grow up first. He'll be a handful soon enough.
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Rescue lady probably should have mentioned that to me. haha. She just said he loves to run. So when he only played in backyard for 20 minutes with us, I thought he may be sad and got worried. As I'm now socializing him with my cats, I want him to be as drained as possible to make it easier to work with him.

About when would be a good time to start running and riding bike with him? I know I did this with my shepherd mix, but that was 10 years ago. Maybe 6-8 months? I also know he seems very mellow, but I'm assuming he is still going to need a good amount of intense exercise daily as he is husky so I want to make sure he gets it and doesn't get bored.

Here he is, presumably Loki, but still deciding on name. My fiance really wants Soren now.

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Another question. Should I feed him puppy food or not? I did not feed my lab puppy food as he was monster at 105+lbs and we knew it early on. This guy is normal husky size. Should he get puppy food or go right to adult food? At this time, I have started switching him over to wellness puppy from science diet. He doesn't seem to like it though (either foods) and goes after my senior dogs Prescription Diet ID food.
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Exercising on hard surfaces (concrete, roads, etc.) or hard impact exercise (agility) are usually best to wait until 1yr to 18 months. Running around in the grass and hiking trails should be fine.

I also agree with the mellow for the first couple weeks. That's how Quest was...we wondered why the rescue chose to call him "Rowdy" while he was in the shelter. Now we understand.
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Exercising on hard surfaces (concrete, roads, etc.) or hard impact exercise (agility) are usually best to wait until 1yr to 18 months. Running around in the grass and hiking trails should be fine.

I also agree with the mellow for the first couple weeks. That's how Quest was...we wondered why the rescue chose to call him "Rowdy" while he was in the shelter. Now we understand.
I'll need to take him to park more then in coming months till he can run on streets.

I guess it will be wait and see. I have a mellow and active senior dogs now, so I'm good either way he turns out but more wishing for the active one.
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Puppy food or an all life stages food is important. Puppies need different nutrients in different amounts than adult dogs.
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Rescue lady probably should have mentioned that to me. haha. She just said he loves to run. So when he only played in backyard for 20 minutes with us, I thought he may be sad and got worried. As I'm now socializing him with my cats, I want him to be as drained as possible to make it easier to work with him.

About when would be a good time to start running and riding bike with him? I know I did this with my shepherd mix, but that was 10 years ago. Maybe 6-8 months? I also know he seems very mellow, but I'm assuming he is still going to need a good amount of intense exercise daily as he is husky so I want to make sure he gets it and doesn't get bored.

Here he is, presumably Loki, but still deciding on name. My fiance really wants Soren now.

Hi Techgirl, your new pup is just getting use to being a part of your family. So do take it slow.
We would start our Husky pups about 5-6 mos old, pulling a little radio flyer, as they got use to their harness, we would gradually add a little weight.
They are born to run, but I would not put too much on him at this young age.
As he gets older, you can have him pull you on a bike, which we did with each pup when they got to about 8 mos old. Don't be in a hurry, let them develop. When pulling, we limited to 10-15 mins, as they got older with bike training, maybe 15-25 mins.
But please, no strenuous xercise after eating a meal, wait at least 40-1hr. Please.
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