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Q: is it normal for my golden to be exausted after a 5 block walk?

January 2, 2010 | By Queensophilah | 6 answers | Expired: 1550 days ago

Queensophilah

she seems to have alot of energy, but when i walk her after a while she collapses. she is 5 months old.

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Jillian
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Jan 05, 2010

how long and challenging are her walks? at her age, she should be able to keep up a steady, but not too brisk pace for 45 minutes, or a brisk 30 minute walk. you should have both her heart and hips checked. golden retrievers commonly have hip dysplasia and heart problems, both can be problematic at such a young age.

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Mary C.
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Jan 04, 2010

No one has mentioned it so has she been checked for a heart murmur? It is a condition Goldens can have and it can cause tiredness. Most heart murmurs don't cause much of a problem but I would have her checked if it hasn't been done already.

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Stephanie  C.
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Jan 03, 2010

I agree. You might be expecting too much from her at such a young age.

But- if this continues, or seems excessive, have your vet draw some blood. She could be anemic or have some other imbalance that causes her to be so tired. Take it slow and keep her safe either way.

Good luck.

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Summer  B.
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Jan 03, 2010

I agree with Jill that your puppy is going to take a lot of naps and will need rest. How far are you walking her when this happens? It may be that she doesn't feel like going that far, or maybe she really isn't a high energy dog. Either way I would keep an eye on her sluggish behavior. Napping is normal, being lethargic is a completely different thing. Ask your vet if this continues :)

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Linda B.
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Jan 03, 2010

You might try shorter walks at first and gradually work into the 5 blocks.

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Jill T.
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Jan 02, 2010

puppies are tricky, they get bursts of energy then they get some exercise then collapse. puppies need to take periodic naps. Don't worry it's completely normal.

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