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How much activity is too much? Cocoa goes to the dog park.
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16 March 2011 - 7:03 pm
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Cocoa had a very successful trip to the dog park tonight. No aggression, just lots of playing. After 10-15 minutes, she really figured out she was "free" and started running and chasing with the other dogs. She slid once or twice, but otherwise kept up with no problem. (And, yes, everyone at the park adored her.)

I let it go on a few minutes before heading home. So, I'm wondering, how much activity is too much? Yesterday was her one month ampawtation and she acts like she needs more activity than a walk or two. She is doing great on walks and seems to be increasing her stamina. Tonight's running though, was like three walks combined.

Thanks in advance!

Susan

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16 March 2011 - 7:22 pm
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Susan,
It's good to hear she had fun and that she gets along at the dog park!

She may be sore tomorrow though, so be prepared.

We have been told by rehab therapists to minimize "explosive" activity like dog park chasing, fetch and running. When she is playing like this, breaks are mandatory and don't let it go on very long, say more than 15 minutes total. It's hard to tell them to chill out, but it's for their sake.

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I agree with about 15 min.  My Kess is a ver active border collie.  I let Kess over do it a couple of months after her amputation and felt awful.  Her leg was so stiff and sore she couldn't get up on her own.  I felt really horrible.  You have to give the remaining leg time to build up stamina to do the work of two.  Kess is only 5 months post-op and I usually let her play for 15 min and then give her a 10min rest or so and then play for another 15min.  For her that's about the limit right now, and that includes a nice massage and possibly ice pack in the evening.  I can tell she's a little stiff in the am after a day like that, but she's getting more strength every day.

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