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Messa 04-26-2014 03:38 AM

Just how much exercise does your WGSL need?
Sorry for two topics within 24 hours :(

What exercise, daily and weekly, do you give your West German Show Line dogs? I've heard answers from either end of the spectrum, and really just want to get a good feel for what to expect. There are loads of answers on this forum from working line owners, and owners who have multiple dogs. So this post is directed at people who have just one dog, a WGSL, or who have experience having just one!


truff 04-26-2014 06:35 AM

Hello Messa,

In my case minimum 1 hour and a half each day. She wouldnt stop running all day long but with this my dog behaves very well

Vagus 04-26-2014 06:47 AM


I have a singleton WGSL male. Ideally, I aim for daily outdoor exercise. We go for a run every second day, and go for trail walks on the non run days. I also incorporate training throughout the day, not necessarily always formal stuff, but also general manners to get access to stuff he wants. You can tell when he hasn't been exercised - he looks for things to keep himself occupied with like harassing the cat, stealing things so that he can hoard them in the lounge, sniffing out tissues, and generally being a pain in the butt.

Honestly, I feel that exercise-wise he's really easy to keep. At 18months old, he's more or less as intense as he's gonna get. A morning run = perfectly behaved doggy for the rest of the day. He's doesn't get lazy or tired, he's just content to chew a bone or chill out in the computer room with whoever's there.

My previous shepherd was half SL and half WL, and we had pretty much the same routine.

I guess I've been lucky:)

EDIT: A family friend had a female (byb, but probably more show heritage than WL), and she needed at least 2hrs per day. She could easily go for longer, but people have other things to do in their day

Soundguy 04-26-2014 11:29 AM

I'm really lucky with Cas, also. We're blessed to live on 13 acres with horses and he's up for anything, but happy just being with me (or his mom when I'm not home) and doing whatever we're doing. He gets enough exercise just being busy, but for him it's more about doing his job than the level of activity. I've had WL dogs that did require more structured activity, so the answers can be all over the spectrum.

SuperG 04-26-2014 12:33 PM

I play frisbee with my WGSL bitch 3 - 4 times a day....10-20 minute sessions...2-3 walks ( short maybe 1/2 to 3/4 miles each ) during the day...2-4 training sessions a day..nothing is too long. Now that the weather is coming around, I'll be taking her to the lake every other day and have her fetch and swim...glad she likes to swim as I believe it is wonderful exercise for her.


DJEtzel 04-26-2014 12:43 PM

I have a WGSL/ working line cross. He gets maybe 5-10 minutes of formal training a day, and a few days a week he gets 1hr-3hrs of physical exercise. He settles well at home and has a great off switch, but I do not get out and exercise him every day.

Discoetheque 04-26-2014 12:54 PM

We bike or walk 3 miles a day and she's still always ready to rock and roll when we get back to the house. So we'll occasionally throw in about another 15 minutes of fetch with the Chuck-It and/or obedience. Luckily, she has a good off switch, so even if it still isn't enough for her, she's not pinballing off the walls.
One WGSL female, 5 years old.

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