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🦴Hips: Protect your puppies’ hips! Too much exercise is not good for a developing puppy, as the bones are not stabilized. Rough playing, high jumping, stair climbing and excessive running prior to 1 year old could also cause hip injury.  

Did you know genetics isn't the only factor that contributes to hip dysplasia? Most hip dysplasia cases are environmental.

Such as:

• Overfeeding

• Poor nutrition

• Rough play

• High jumping

• Excessive stair climbing

• Excessive running prior to 1

• Spaying/neutering prior to 2

Do your part to protect the joints and ligaments of your growing puppy.

​📋 You will likely be encouraged to spay or neuter your puppy at an early age. Research strongly discourages the practice of early spay/neuter. Under 2 years is considered early. Ultimately, the decision is yours, so educate yourself on the early spay/neuter risks first. Reasons indicated in research The sexual hormones are needed to tell the dog’s body when to close the growth plates. Without those hormones, growth plates will keep growing.  Spaying or neutering your dog too young exposes your dog to serious health risks later in life. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spay/neuter. It means you should wait until the hormones have done their work and helped your puppy physically mature into an adult dog. When she/he is around 2 and starts to physically look mature, the growth plates have closed and she/he should have the proper bone density. By waiting, you will avoid most health problems associated with early spaying/neutering.

🕒 Spaying/Neutering before 2 years old greatly increases your risk of hip dysplasia, behavior issues, hypothyroidism, increased risk of diabetes, obesity and cancer.

💓 Patience, snuggles, consistency, and love are the best puppy training tools. 💓

Have a solid training plan in place BEFORE YOU BRING PUPPY HOME so you have a foundation to build on.

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