How often do I walk my dog?

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Hello, my name is Sam and I recently got a dog, a Dalmatinian puppy. He's great in all aspects, and I want to give him as much love and care as possible so he could grow up healthy and happy. So my question. How often do I have to walk him? Are there any rules? This is my first dog and I want to get as much info as possible. Thank you in advance!
Sam
Hi there!!

There is a general rule when walking pups - 5 minutes for every month old they are. So say your pup is 4 months he will need to be walked for 20 minutes twice a day.

HOWEVER you need to tailor this to the individual dog. I have a mastiff pup who would go insane if I only walked her for 20 minutes twice a day. So she usually gets around 35 minutes twice a day.

Your dog will tell you when you're tired so please make sure you do not overwork them. As with all large dogs the dalmation will be susceptible to hip dysplasia (HD). If you overwalk and exercise them they will develop this condition.

If you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to ask!
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Hey sequeena,thanks for you answer. I'll take your advice into consideration but I just have another question. Does that rule mean that when my pup, let's say, 6 months old, I'll have to walk him 30 mins three times a day? And the more the dog grows up, the more time (and more often) I'll have to spend outside?I can't believe that coz then I'll have to live outside in the end. Emotion: big smile Jokes apart, will that be twice a day even when the dog's mature? Or more? Eh, sorry for so many questions!
AnonymousHey sequeena,thanks for you answer. I'll take your advice into consideration but I just have another question. Does that rule mean that when my pup, let's say, 6 months old, I'll have to walk him 30 mins three times a day? And the more the dog grows up, the more time (and more often) I'll have to spend outside?I can't believe that coz then I'll have to live outside in the end. Emotion: big smile Jokes apart, will that be twice a day even when the dog's mature? Or more? Eh, sorry for so many questions!

LOL no. Once your pup hits 6-8 months you can shorten your walk to twice a day. I would recommend one walk being mostly offlead (in a safe area) so you can tire him out. Dallies are high spirited dogs who need a lot of exercise and training to keep them inline!

You will know what is best for your dog but I would aim for at least 2 hours a day.
Thank you again. I think I'll take my Dalli for a walk right now, the weather is great out here! Emotion: smile
Sam
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