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My dog, Diesel, is now almost 10 months old. He鈥檚 a bundle of energy and takes the most hardcore naps 馃槀. I鈥檓 curious if anyone else has had experiences like this. He can only go for about a 10-15 minute walk around the street and then he is pooped. Like he will proceed to chug water then snooze for two hours. I had him checked by the vet, just in case, and he said everything looked good. Has anyone else had a pup that just lacks a lot of endurance? He has short legs if that means anything.
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Talk to your vet about what is an appropriate length of walk for your dog. I believe that I took shorter but more frequent walks.
 

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Seems like a lack of endurance for a young dog. Is it hot where you are? Are you bringing water along to keep Diesel hydrated during the walk? What tests did your vet perform in deciding he was ok? Was it a physical exam only?

He is sweet looking guy!
 

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bumping up ^^^^^^^^
 

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He looks gorgeous. Is he pure golden or golden mixed? I ask you the question because you mention his short legs so I was wondering if he is crossed with a "lazier" breed! And as gdgdli mentioned鈥.are you walking him little but often? A nice cool walk in the morning and a cool walk late evening with some play exercise in between? That may be enough for now then build him up gently, a few minutes a day ( only if your vet as ruled out underlying issues of course). If it is of any interest my Buddy (age 5) has a 50 minute robust walk in the morning with friends then mostly sleeps all day until his next walk which is just before dinner. Fingers crossed he is in good health and good spirits!!!
 

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My dog, Diesel, is now almost 10 months old. He鈥檚 a bundle of energy and takes the most hardcore naps 馃槀. I鈥檓 curious if anyone else has had experiences like this. He can only go for about a 10-15 minute walk around the street and then he is pooped. Like he will proceed to chug water then snooze for two hours. I had him checked by the vet, just in case, and he said everything looked good. Has anyone else had a pup that just lacks a lot of endurance? He has short legs if that means anything.
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He is still a growing puppy. just like children and babies they need a lot of rest! more than you think!.My cutie pie is also around the same age and also doesn't have TONS of endurance, and this is because he is still growing. I make sure he has tons of water and he is well fed. but either way, he likes to sleep a lot.

On his walks he even likes to just sit down, sometimes lay down and decide to not walk anymore. Thats his way of telling me he's done and wants a rest. I will also sit or stand with him so he gets some rest. He is also still learning about the world so sitting and not wanting to walk can also be an opportunity for him to take in the environment, smells, sounds etc. Just be patient give him what he's asking for. They will let you know when they want to jump around and when they would like to rest. My breeder always tells me to trust them, this is how they communicate.
 

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Sounds like a normal puppy to me. as long as he isn't laying down during the 15 minutes walk, or wanting to stop etc ( signs that he is tired), taking a nap after a walk is normal :) Mine guzzle water and then snooze as well! you can build up his stamina by slowly extending your walks.
 

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"He can only go for about a 10-15 minute walk around the street and then he is pooped."
That's not much exercise for a 10-month old Golden.

I'm a worrier, so I'd take him to a cardiac specialist and get him checked for SAS, a condition common to Goldens. I wouldn't trust my local vet to do that. I'd first ask for an auscultation, and then if there is any sign of murmur or other issue, I'd have an ECG done.

I have lots of Goldens. A normal 10-month old Golden puppy of mine should be able to go all day long, with only short periods of rest between long periods of normal exercise.

The behavior you're describing sounds normal for an 8-12 week old puppy, but not for one that is 10 months old. Of course, you might just have a lazy dog. LOL! :)
 

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What I read was,

That's not much exercise for a 10-month old Golden.

I'm a worrier, so I'd take him to a cardiac specialist and get him checked for SAS, a condition common to Goldens. I wouldn't trust my local vet to do that. I'd first ask for an auscultation, and then if there is any sign of murmur or other issue, I'd have an ECG done.

I have lots of Goldens. A normal 10-month old Golden puppy of mine should be able to go all day long, with only short periods of rest between long periods of normal exercise.

The behavior you're describing sounds normal for an 8-12 week old puppy, but not for one that is 10 months old. Of course, you might just have a lazy dog. LOL! :)
Might include a thyroid check in all that. Thyroid isn't usually part of a general blood panel. If all checks out medically you will be the envy of every adolescent golden that is bouncing off the walls. My girl was a very laid back girl until she turned 2... she sort of did it backwards :)
 

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Seems like a lack of endurance for a young dog. Is it hot where you are? Are you bringing water along to keep Diesel hydrated during the walk? What tests did your vet perform in deciding he was ok? Was it a physical exam only?

He is sweet looking guy!
It's not that hot, just hotter than he's ever been used to! He was born in late august. My vet did a full blood panel, checked thyroid, and physical exam. I'm hoping he's just being lazy.
 

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He looks gorgeous. Is he pure golden or golden mixed? I ask you the question because you mention his short legs so I was wondering if he is crossed with a "lazier" breed! And as gdgdli mentioned鈥.are you walking him little but often? A nice cool walk in the morning and a cool walk late evening with some play exercise in between? That may be enough for now then build him up gently, a few minutes a day ( only if your vet as ruled out underlying issues of course). If it is of any interest my Buddy (age 5) has a 50 minute robust walk in the morning with friends then mostly sleeps all day until his next walk which is just before dinner. Fingers crossed he is in good health and good spirits!!!
Pure golden! He runs around and plays basically all day until his walk and then he sleeps the rest of the time. I usually walk him around 3, since that's when he's most excited for one. :)
 

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He is still a growing puppy. just like children and babies they need a lot of rest! more than you think!.My cutie pie is also around the same age and also doesn't have TONS of endurance, and this is because he is still growing. I make sure he has tons of water and he is well fed. but either way, he likes to sleep a lot.

On his walks he even likes to just sit down, sometimes lay down and decide to not walk anymore. Thats his way of telling me he's done and wants a rest. I will also sit or stand with him so he gets some rest. He is also still learning about the world so sitting and not wanting to walk can also be an opportunity for him to take in the environment, smells, sounds etc. Just be patient give him what he's asking for. They will let you know when they want to jump around and when they would like to rest. My breeder always tells me to trust them, this is how they communicate.
Good to know! Thank you!
 

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Might include a thyroid check in all that. Thyroid isn't usually part of a general blood panel. If all checks out medically you will be the envy of every adolescent golden that is bouncing off the walls. My girl was a very laid back girl until she turned 2... she sort of did it backwards :)
Yes, I got his thyroid checked on a full blood panel last week. All good and healthy.
 
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