This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. You can see how far the bones have to grow before they become a proper bony joint! We advise new puppy owners not to over exercise their puppy due to concerns about joint disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
However, moderate exercise is important to increase muscle tone and support joints. A useful guide is to allow 5 minutes daily of exercise per month of your puppy’s age. Avoid stairs in puppies under 3 months (use baby gates), & avoid long lead walks, especially on hard or steep terrain. Jogging with your puppy or running them behind a bike is not recommended. High impact training such as agility work should be avoided until your dog is over a year old or even older for certain large breeds of dog.
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