(Closed) Dog owners – how much exercise do you give your dog a day?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: How many minutes of exercise do you give your dog each day?

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    31-60 minutes

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  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    Eh. My dog is pretty little and he gets a couple leisurely walks each day, plus he likes to run the stairs about 4-5 times a week chasing after his stuffed hippo. (On days when he’s out in the woods chasing squirrels for 20-30 minutes, we let that count as a walk.)

    Usually at least one doggy playdate and dog park trip each week as well, so that’s about an hour of pure exhaustion for him.

    He get his exercise and is at an ideal weight but at 6+ years old, he doesn’t need the puppy level of activity he once did.

    Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think each week varies for us.  My dog is a 9 year old Lab mix, and she is in very good shape.  She’s not very restless, so sometimes a ball sesssion in the back yard is a minimal exercise day.

    This summer we were getting ready for a 30 mile backpacking trip.  My dog was going with us and she had to carry all her own food.  We went on long hikes a couple times a week mostly for training her.  I also bike with her for her walks.  I ride the bike and she runs along side me on the flexi leash.  She was able to do the 30 mile trek like a champ!

    Now that its dark when I get home from work, I try to kick the ball around for her in the evening with the porch lights on.  On the weekends, we’ll go for a cross country ski, or I’ll walk/bike her around the neighborhood. 

    Post # 19
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    we have a frenchie that gets a 30 minute walk in the afternoon then play time at night (fetch down the hallway, wrestling etc) and then we go to the puppy park on Sat for about 1.5 hours where she zooooms all over the place and the proceeds to sleep for 2 days straight. On Sunday we go for a 3 mile walk usually.

    We had a husky before that had to go 3 miles in the AM, 3 at noon and 3 at night MINIMUM (we took turns running, biling, roller blading and DH’s parents helped too). After that we wanted a lower maintenance dog.

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    2- 45 min. Walks and then a short 10 walk before bed. Usually one game of chase or fetch. He gets at least one ah hour long walk on weekends instead a 30 walk. In the fall and winter we go on long hikes on the weekend too. I have a northern breed dog so in the summer he gets less.

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Either my husband or I walk our dog in our woods almost every day 1 hour+.  She gets to run around and to dig to her heart’s content.  She gets kind of stir crazy if she doesn’t get her run for a few days.

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have an Alaskan malamute highest energy dog there is so we gory her a big brother German Shepard a back yard with sheep on the other side and now she has a cat ha I hardly hto dip do much bu. I stroll do danroutine and singing time with her my husband walks her and we always have snuggle time at least once a day

    Post # 23
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    When you have a fenced yard and feisty dogs, they work each other out, it’s great.

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    on most days my dog gets one long walk which is 1.5 miles or about 34 minutes depending on how much sniffing she does and then a few shorter ones around the block.  

     

    I feel bad b/c lately I haven’t been feeling well and haven’t been doing the longer walk,  but she is pretty lazy and I don’t notice any change in behavior.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee

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    @oracle:  I’m not sure what an “american” rottweiler is, but I also have a rottie! Pictures?!

    She is about 58 cm, 80 lbs, female, so middle of breed standard.  

    But as a working breed, I exercise her about 3 hours a day. 1 hour walk/free play after work, 30 minutes each in the morning/right before bedtime, and then 1 hour of training “exercises”

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee

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    @oracle:  Oh, interesting! I’m not sure what kind of rott I have. The sire was a german import, while I assume the mother to be.. american? I can’t really tell by her head shape yet; shes only 10 months now 🙂

     

    4 miles of walking! That has to take up about an hour, right? and with all the training, probably adds up to another 30-60 minutes..  

    I don’t always exercise her 3 hours a day. But she gets a little crazy (read: destructive) if she doesn’t get enough stimulation.. especially mentally!

    Post # 28
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    Blushing bee

    I have a Lhasa Apso.   She is tiny and normally hangs around the house or might go outside if the door is left open and hangs in the front (house has a fence) or back yard.

    I do how ever engage her with playing “kill it” with her favourite toy which by the time I see her get tired I stop.

    Actually tonight I was play fighting with her and letting her attack my arm (she has not so sharp teeth) when all of a suddent she clung onto my arm and started to “hump” it until I put my arm flat on the bed.  Found out she was trying to dominiate my arm. 

     

     

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    1-2 hr walk (1-4 miles) plus indoor playtime and training. Since we have 2 dogs they wind each other up constantly. Once a week they have an extra playtime at Petco. Outdoor play will go up once we get the fence built. 

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We have two small under 20# dogs, and we walk them twice a day to do their business, about 15-20 minutes, but in the winter we cut back a lot and just let them out back if there is a lot of snow or it’s frigidly cold.

    It helps to reduce their stinkyness when they aren’t romping around in the snow, and I’m a bad pet owner and sometimes just don’t want to go out in the cold!

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Before we had a fenced yard, I’d walk her twice for 20-30 minutes, then abotu 3-4 short walks for potty breaks. I took her to the bark park 2 or 3 times a week for half an hour, too, when it weather permitted.

    Now we have a fenced yard and she spends all evening out there. She comes in for dinner then wants to go back out.

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