Hi! I'm new to the forums, but the seem great!
I have 2 questions, and I hope someone can shine some light on the matter for me.
I have a 5 month old puppy, who I 've only had for the past month. He came potty trained, crate trained and with basic commands as sit, stay and come. He lived on a farm where the only contact he had with dogs was with his mom and brothers and sisters.
I live in a culs-de-sac community thats close to a forest, with a very large common front yard and all of my neighbors have dogs.
My puppy goes crazy everytime he sees a dog, he just loooves to go and play.. the problem is that he's stopped minding. He completely ignores me whenever there is a dog around, and I've read it's bad to chase him if he doesn't come but if I turn away or go in the house he will just stay there playing with the other dogs.
Should I go back to keeping him on a lead? And continue to reinforce the "come" command with distraccions?
He is also good walking on the leash but like I said.. he will just go nuts if he sees a dog.. the problem is that all of my neighbors let their dogs run loose and I can't avoid having dogs come over wanting to play with mine. Our front yard is like a dog park!
My other question is about how much excersise and what type should my pup be getting at this age? I 've read that strenuous excersise could develop joint problems in pups, but he has sooooooo much energy that he's like a little energizer bunny. I normally take him to the forest and let him run like crazy but I want an excersise that he can be on a leash with, because of the dog issue. Maybe a run? Or me on skates? But how for how long?
Sorry if this got a little long, but I'm just wondering how get over the dog thing. I want to be able to take him out in front with the other dogs and not worry about him following them home.