How often should I walk my dog?

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Anonymous:
Hi,
I'm new and I have a question, I can't find the answer on the web. How often should I walk my dog? We recently moved to a condo, she had a yard prior to that. We walk now 3 times a day for about 20 minutes each. She is a 19 month old Lab/Rotweiller mix. My condo is big and I play and chase her (she would catch me too easily, so I have to do the chasing) a couple of times a day. We play until she is ready to quit, so the running thing is not something we do on walks. Am I walking enough? Too much?
Thanks so much,
Sally
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Toni:
[nq:1]Hi, I'm new and I have a question, I can't find the answer on the web. How often should I ... ready to quit, so the running thing is not something we do on walks. Am I walking enough? Too much?[/nq]
If this is the only exercise she is getting I would say not nearly enough. A sedate walk of 20 minutes duration is next to nothing for a dog of this age and breed/s.
You need to find yourself a field where she can go offlead and play fetch, or find a lake for swimming, or greatly increase both the length and the speed of your walks.
Or all of the above.

Toni
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Todd H.:
[nq:1]Hi, I'm new and I have a question, I can't find the answer on the web. How often should I ... ready to quit, so the running thing is not something we do on walks. Am I walking enough? Too much?[/nq]
Hi Sally,
At 60 min/day you've got a lucky dog that's certainly not being walked too little. As for the "too much" concern, I doubt you can overwalk a large dog like that, especially at the mature age of 19mo. It'll keep you healthy too. :-)
One dog owner to another, I'd say keep doing what you're doin, and just be mindful of any signs from the dog to guide you if it's too much.
Best Regards,

Todd H.
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Melinda Shore:
[nq:1]At 60 min/day you've got a lucky dog that's certainly not being walked too little.[/nq]
If that's the only exercise he's getting, it's not enough.
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Paula:
[nq:2]Hi, I'm new and I have a question, I can't ... we do on walks. Am I walking enough? Too much?[/nq]
[nq:1]If this is the only exercise she is getting I would say not nearly enough. A sedate walk of 20 minutes duration is next to nothing for a dog of this age and breed/s.[/nq]
She said she also plays chase around the house, so I wonder what the total exercise is. If the dog is getting lots of exercise and getting out lots of energy in the play and chase sessions, that could work out fine. If not, a lab mix is likely to get restless and out of shape with only the walks.
To the original poster, I would say that whether a certain amount of exercise is enough or not depends on the dog. Some dogs are happy with little exercise and some are not. The particular breeds of this dog make it unlikely that it will do well with minimum exercise, but since not all its exercise comes from walks, that could be okay or not, depending. Is the dog content or is it showing signs of excess energy or boredom?

Paula
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Melinda Shore:
[nq:1]To the original poster, I would say that whether a certain amount of exercise is enough or not depends on the dog. Some dogs are happy with little exercise and some are not.[/nq]
You could say the same for people, but it's not just about whether or not the dog (or person) is happy, there's also the question of whether or not he's healthy. Even just turning one of those walks into a jog a few times a week would make a difference.
This morning I took Emmett up to the national forest for a walk, and being a holiday weekend there were people camping all over the place. Lots of 'em had dogs, too - big, lard-assed overweight dogs, hanging out around their campsites. What I didn't see was anybody else out walking in the six or so miles we covered. There was a couple out riding some handsome, old-style quarter horses, but nobody walking. Those were some happy fat dogs in the camping areas, though.

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Suja:
[nq:1]Lots of 'em had dogs, too - big, lard-assed overweight dogs, hanging out around their campsites.[/nq]
It must be the warm weather bringing people out of the woodworks, but I'm seeing an awful lot of seriously fat dogs these days. Most common culprits are Labs; I honestly don't remember the last time I saw one that was in decent shape. What is it with people that they think that a 6 year old dog is old, and labs are supposed to look like walruses? And then there's the Min Pin that looks like a tootsie roll on toothpicks.
[nq:1]What I didn't see was anybody else out walking in the six or so miles we covered.[/nq]
That sounds about right. One of our regular walks is near the government center, with a ton of apartments and townhouses just a stone's throw away. On most of our walks, we may encounter a jogger or two, and it is a very unusual day when we run into more than 2 dogs. On all our hikes in the Shenandoahs to date, we have seen maybe 3 or 4 dogs total (including one guy with his extremely fit, extremely well trained dog doing the whole AT).

Suja
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Paula:
[nq:2]To the original poster, I would say that whether a ... dogs are happy with little exercise and some are not.[/nq]
[nq:1]You could say the same for people, but it's not just about whether or not the dog (or person) is ... healthy. Even just turning one of those walks into a jog a few times a week would make a difference.[/nq]I guess I've just never been around dogs who are happy with less exercise than they need. My dogs go stir crazy if they don't get their energy out. I tend to assume dogs that are fat are more a result of feeding too much. I've known lots of dogs that would eat just about as much as you'd feed 'em, but no dogs that were happy without exercise. But I can see where it could be the other way around. Certainly if the dog gets fat enough, from too much food or too little moving around or, more likely, both, it's not going to want to do more than lie around even if that's not healthy or what is normal for the breed.

One of the first things the rescue person I got Molly from said when we went to an adoption day to touch base was that Molly was looking really good weight-wise. That was when it was still too hot to jog with her, if I liked jogging in the first place. But she loves to run around the back yard chasing and wrestling and I don't feed according to the back of the bag when it's not good for the dog. So I guess I would revise my question to ask if the dog is happy and if the dog is at a healthy weight so that it doesn't need to move more whether it wants to or not.

Paula
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Paula:
[nq:2]Lots of 'em had dogs, too - big, lard-assed overweight dogs, hanging out around their campsites.[/nq]
[nq:1]It must be the warm weather bringing people out of the woodworks, but I'm seeing an awful lot of seriously fat dogs these days. Most common culprits are Labs; I honestly don't remember the last time I saw one that was in decent shape.[/nq]Labs are a breed that I would think would be in big danger of being overweight than many others. They are greedy guts who will eat as much of anything you give them or they can find on their own as they can stuff in their stomachs, so if they don't get enough exercise, they're bound to be tubs of lard in no time. My daughter's friend has a GR that is hugely overweight.

They take it for walks fairly often, but they free feed and fill the bowl when it gets empty. I asked why at one point and the answer was that they didn't want the dog to be hungry. I think a lot of people think dogs only eat what they need or when they are truly hungry even though they accept that humans eat when they are bored or because it's there or tastes good.

Paula
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