Growth Problems In Puppies - Part 3
The cause of nutritional HOD is:
The Role of Exercise in Preventing HOD
It is our collective experience and our opinion, the majority of growth problems, poor conformation, lack of soundness and bad movement are normally due to a lack of free exercise in the early stages of development - under 8 months. Many HOD cases are due to an intake of too many calories versus the amount of calories burned daily. This is where proper exercise come in to play as one of the important keys to the prevention of HOD, that and good nutritional parctices. Exercise expends unnecessary calories and builds strong muscle to support the bones and joints of the growing animal.
Yes, proper exercise at the right stage of development, can effect the overall condition and conformation(structure) of an animal, just like diet can alter the structure of an animal.
Crates are an important part of the care and training, but without ample "free" exercise throughout the course of a day, the muscle development that is necessary for good movement/soundness, will never be there if the foundation is not laid in the first 8 months.
"Free Exercise", does not mean jogging and it does not mean forced road work, it means your dog has plenty of fenced yard to play in and act like a dog. We crate our puppies at night, and even at times during the day when we have to be gone from the home. But the rest of the time they have the option of running and playing outside, weather permitting, in a large space where they can stretch out and run, which builds proper bone and muscle mass. Free exercise helps to deter an animal from chewing or having some destructive behaviors due to pent up energy and boredom.
See Blackwatch Puppy Feed Program to prevent these growth problems..see below examples of our puppies on this program vs the photos below them. These dogs were not raised on this program.
Examples of Good Fronts - No Evidence of HOD
Examples of HOD