I am a 5 month old boxer-mix puppy, who loves to jump and play frisbie. Is this dangerous for acl injuries?

Asked by Sophie on Sep 5th 2008 in Exercise
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I have a large breed and have read that during the first year you are supposed to limit the amount of strenuous excercise as it can cause unnecessary stress on the bones and joints, which in turn, can cause hip, elbow and other issues - IE: you are not supposed to jog with them, etc until their bones are fully developed. The recommendation is, you don't exercise them, let them exercise themselves. Make sense? Bear in mind, some breeds are prone to ACL/hip, knee and elbow problems but Boxers are athletic and the constant pounding of the high jumping could possibly have a negative affect on your dogs growing bones and joints. You may want to hold off on the frisbee untill after he is a year or so... just to be on the safe side. Still there is no guarantee - sometimes just tear their ACLs- just like humans. Good Luck!

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NO! it's healthy for a dog to play especially when they are young. It helps build strong bones like milk!

Member 649198 answered on 9/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


it is great that your puppy loves this, but do be careful, my american bulldog loved to run and jump and tore his ligaments in his hind leg, put off surgery at the time, he was sick with heart worm and being treated, and now to late for surgery, must live with injury, and at five now has big problems getting up and down, have to give meds daily just to keep him up and going. dont over do it, but have fun with him. my dog is a larger breed, could be the problem, boxers are know for muscular build, and smaller. good luck.

thor answered on 9/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


As with all activity overdoing it should be prevented. But accidents will happen no matter how carefully your baby is supervised. Bella blew both her ACL's before she was 1-1/2. One was a clear cut accident as she caught her leg in the fence while chasing the neighbor on his lawnmower. The other was damaged over time. I adopted her at 8 months and started her in agility. I probably should have waited a bit before having her do some of the big jumps. The vet said she probably had some small injury to it prior to me adopting her due to the scar tissue. So yes it can be dangerous, but that only means you should judge carefully when to stop the play. Bella will go until she drops from exhaustion.

Bella answered on 9/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Like Bella said, the key to any exercise program with a young dog is to not overdo it and make sure that you stop behaviors that are potentially damaging.

It's generally recommended not to work a dog too hard until their bones and joints are done growing. This means - no leashed running (either next to you jogging or next to a bike), no carrying weight in a pack, no high jumps, etc. You don't want to put extra stress on their growing joints because that will come back to haunt you as they get older and yes, it can lead to injuries.

Abby answered on 9/5/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Aengus MacPesky

Be careful playing frisbee! Throw it close to the ground until your dog is older - for a boxer, about 1 1/2 yrs is maturity. The jumping up into the air to catch it can not only damage acl's but spine. (Veterinary nurse.)

Aengus MacPesky answered on 9/9/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer