Health requirements for puppy raising Physical Demands
Firstly, you need good balance and an ability to regain your position if knocked or pulled vigorously by the dog. You will also need to be able to rapidly change direction when walking, in case the puppy gets tangled under your feet.
Pups can be surprisingly strong, unpredictable, and grow to around 30-36 kilograms. They can lunge unexpectedly and have been known to pull people over.
A strong back is a handy asset too, as there can be a lot of bending, twisting, lifting and stretching involved. For a young pup, you might need to bend down to the ground up to 100 times a day. You will need to lift a pup into and out a vehicle, bath, or away from animals.
Good leg strength and tolerance for walking are essential. Depending on the age of the pup, you will be required to walk for up to one hour at a time over a range of surfaces – often twice per day.
You will need the ability to get up and down from floor level, and be comfortable spending time sitting on the floor while training and working with the puppy. Note: this is also an excellent position for puppy cuddles.
Good upper body strength and range of movement – in particular good strength in your left shoulder and arm – is necessary. Puppies are trained to walk on your left hand side. You will need to control a large, enthusiastic, and sometime unpredictable pup.