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Old 03-13-2014, 12:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:03 AM   #18 (permalink)
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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...
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:34 AM   #19 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:52 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Hmmm fitbit for dogs?
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