Honestly, how much excersise? - Page 2 - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 11:00 PM
Knighted Member
Zeeva's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 3,444
About 45min to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the day) of super fast power-walking and somewhere in there about 15-20 minutes of off leash time. Probably about 4-5 times a week.
Zeeva is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 11:04 PM
Master Member
ZoeD1217's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 572
Not really sure exact numbers. I generally play fetch a few times a day anywhere from 5-20 mins each time. Zoe goes out with the kids to play usually 2 hours a day if the weather is nice but she takes lots of little breaks as needed.
No matter how much she gets in the day the moment I get the kids in bed and sit down about 8:30 she starts barking and growling like mad at me to get up and entertain her.

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
ZoeD1217 is offline  
post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 11:38 PM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,158
I highly doubt many dogs NEED 4 hours of exercise. Just a bunch of owners who think they do. A bunch of owners also think walking is exercise and it's not.

My working line is fine with 30 minutes a day. That's what he gets most week days. He could go all day though. I could run him ragged to the point he's wheezing and act like he's dying. He'll nap for 30 minutes and then be up with a ball in his mouth whining for me to throw it.
boomer11 is offline  
post #14 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 11:44 PM
Senior Member
Curtis's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 370
My guy is super mellow at only 10 months. When he's switched on, it's 100%. When he's switched off, he's usually asleep no matter what time of day.

We will start with fetch in the backyard followed by a few rounds of flirt pole lasting maybe 15 minutes total. A few minutes of obedience training.

Relax. Breakfast.

Then we'll head out to one of our hiking spots for about an hour. Back home for a nap.

More fetch/flirt pole/obedience in the backyard for another 15 minutes.
Relax. Dinner.

Relax. Neighborhood walk for about 20 minutes.

Bed time.

Sometimes we have class, but this is a typical day for us. Also, he's in the car with me when I run to the store or wherever, so he's in and out all day.

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
Curtis is offline  
post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 12:01 AM
Crowned Member
elisabeth_00117's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 8,884
Now that I am able to bring my dogs to work with me, they get a good 20-30 minutes session in the bush before I start work in the morning, one on my lunch hour for the same amount of time and usually about 40 minutes - 1 hour of hiking or ball play per day. There have been days where the weather is too harsh (for me) to be out so they have gone without much outside time and just hung out with me at work or we traveled to a pet store to do some distraction training. We train indoors a bit as well each night and do fun activities insides as well that helps keep them busy.

We train (formally) once per week, sometimes two times per week depending on my schedule and do a large pack walk/hike with our dog club once per week.

G Wild Winds Zephyr of Cognac BH, HIC, NTD, ITD, CGN
Wild Winds Archangel Raphael HIC, TT
*Coming soon* "__" z Weberhaus
elisabeth_00117 is offline  
post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 02:33 AM
Knighted Member
RocketDog's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 2,945
Hmm. Well, I actually run with my dog 3-4 days a week; I run 8-9 miles each time, which means about 70-85 minutes/run. This really doesnt wear him out, I mean, he comes home and grabs his ball. He thinks it's his 'job' to accompany me, and I like taking him so I do-- but not really for exercise.

I also take him hiking, we go several times a week, 4-7 miles at a time. Again, this is more for me than him, but the sniffing and the smells (which I don't allow freely on runs) do seem to 'wear' him out a little more. Still wants to play ball.

If he gets two training or good 'play' sessions in, like maybe 20 min each, where we interact and we train his brain, he is more "worn out" than running 9 miles. I have been sick or busy though, and skipped everything. He does not act up in my house or become destructive, but a day or two goes by and by the third, he will sulk and let you know he is ready for action. He seems to know when a person (me) is physically ill, though. But there's no faking.

~Elrond's Rocket of Rivendell, aka The RocketDog
hiker and runner extraordinaire

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
RocketDog is offline  
post #17 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 07:38 AM
Crowned Member
Shade's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 8,694
At least 30 minutes of fetch/play time a day, he also uses the treadmill which he loves. Mentally I'm always keeping him on his toes throwing in obedience sessions throughout the day. We also go once a week to my parents where he spends the entire day playing with their labradoodle and foster dog.


My Pack:

Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 7 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Shade is offline  
post #18 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 08:03 AM
JakodaCD OA's Avatar
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Old Lyme, CT USA
Posts: 21,331
mine don't need 4 hours a day either, but Masi IS an energizer bunny

I do different things depending on the day, she's always out first thing in the morning, while I'm doing outside stuff, on days that I don't work, she usually goes with me when I run errands, we may take a hike, a walk, frisbee throwing broken up along the day. Night, she's out with me/husband for awhile,

I don't think I can really calculate 'how much' exercise she gets a day, it's always different, but she does get to do "something" each day.

If I had to leave her all day, with nothing to do, oh yeah, by the end of the day she is wound up and ready..

Since she's matured, she has a good off switch, and like most of the other gsd's I've had, she's ready to go when I'm ready to go, would go all day if that were the case, or hang out all day as well...

Ozzie vom Kleinen Hain
Danger Danger vom Kleinen Hain aka Masi
Tranquillo's Kizzy
Jakoda's Kholee
"Angel" Jakoda's Bewitchen Sami CD OA OAJ OAC NGC OJC RS-O GS-N JS-O TT HIC CGC
"Angel" Steinwald's Four x Four CGC HIC TT
"Angel" Harmonyhill's Hy Jynx NA NAJ NAC NJC RS-N JS-N HIC
"Angel" Jakoda's Jagged Edge
JakodaCD OA is online now  
post #19 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Crowned Member
LoveEcho's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 4,327
In terms of physical exercise, they get an hour or so a day playing in the yard with each other, mostly in the morning. 20-25 min walk at lunchtime. Afternoon we go on a 40-45 min hike (give or take, depending on how deep the snow is). Then I bring the puppy back in and take Echo back out for another half hour or so just to have some puppy-free play time and fetch time. In the evenings I do a couple of short fun OB/play sessions with the puppy and some one-on-one training time with Echo.
LoveEcho is offline  
post #20 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-13-2014, 09:52 AM
Zombie Queen Moderator
NancyJ's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 16,158
Hmmm fitbit for dogs?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Partner in Crime
Waiting at the Bridge: Grim (NAPWDA), Cyra, Toby, Oscar, Linus, Rainbow, Arlo, & Waggles
NancyJ is online now  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome