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01-27-2014 11:44 PM
Shaolin I wish I could say I walk them every day, but the super cold air can cause me to have a severe asthma attack. I don't want to be too far from home and not be able to breathe. The very cold or very hot days get lots of ball play in the back yard and a very quick walk.

Every day, both dogs get at least a full hour of exercise, but it's dependent on the weather as to what type they get. Finn gets a bit more of a workout during any sort of weather just because I want him able and comfortable to "work" in any weather, but I'm always very cautious of safety.
01-27-2014 12:18 PM
igottabecrazy Unless I am out of town - mine are walked every day. Sometimes it's early evening, sometimes it's 11 at night. The only thing I draw the line at is lightning and tornado warnings. I don't want to be too far from home if it "hits the fan". We are still walking (very short and quick) in this latest arctic blast. Throwing the ball around the backyard every couple of hours is more common these past couple of weeks because of the negatives in the thermometer. Fortunately our township uses gravel instead of salt on our roads - although we do make the occassional stop to pick a piece out from the pads of her feet.
01-27-2014 11:46 AM
lennoxbradley88 I don't always take my dogs for walks. Even though the weather here in Los Angeles is always great. Since we have a pretty big yard we usually workout in the backyard doing agility, fetch, obedience and such. I usually walk them 2 times during the weekend and on the weekend we go hiking in the afternoon.
01-27-2014 05:07 AM
Bman0221 I live in a townhouse with a postage stamp for a back yard. I have no choice but to walk my dog. He gets walked three times a day, morning, afternoon and night. Some walks may be shorter than others depending on the weather, but rest assured we are out in it all types of weather.

Walks don't include play time. I try and play with him for at least 45 mins a day. Playtime will definitely depend on the weather and may not happen if it's to hot, cold raining Etc. Bathroom walks happen no matter what.
01-27-2014 04:01 AM
OriginalWacky I've never had a dog that I walked off my property every single day. However, I've also never had a dog that didn't get some form of exercise and time with me outside every single day, though much more limited in extreme weather.

Even dogs on major restriction in my home still get to go outside on a very short leash and at least smell the fresh air. So, if a dog has an injury or illness that prevents any kind of strenuous activity, I'll still find a way to work in some time outside when they can be out there and calmly enjoy it. That's SO SO much easier to say than it is to do, especially with a dog that really wants to go run.

It's a commitment to have dogs, and I would say if you can't get your dog out for some good exercise at least 300 days of the year, then maybe another pet would be better for you (or at least a dog that needs less exercise).
01-27-2014 12:55 AM
Baillif
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GSD is a working dog, it's just a breed that requires a lot of physical exercise whichout which the owner definitely will face psychological problems with his dog in training. An obedient GSD is a tired GSD. GSD needs training and has to be brought up obedient, because the breed is potentially agressive, so one thing trails the other. Show line is not different from the Working line in this sense and a comparatively healthy dog would need physical exercise for 3 to 4 hours a day every day. The intensity of exercise depends on the time of the year, not on the weather (any rainy day is good as a sunny one). In the late spring and summer months it is always advised to lower the intensity of exercise, because your dog's heart could be affected with overheating, and increase physical load in winter. Humans are slow creatures in comparison to dogs, no man can really wear out a healthy GSD fully who is older than 4 months. If he can - it means that his dog wasn't trained enough and has a weak heart muscle.
A well trained gsd is an obedient gsd. Fatigue isn't really a factor in that. Im sure there are people out there that can wear a gsd down. Im assuming you mean running and if you are under fairly normal conditions there are people out there who can do it on foot albeit rare. Otherwise give me a tug or a frisbee and I'll wear a great gsd out no problem.
01-26-2014 10:40 PM
spacenuts My GSD is absolutely vile without going outside. He gets 30min outside in the morning (unless I'm running late for work), 1hr after work and 15-30min just before bedtime. Even with this, he still seems unsatisfied and can be completely destructive indoors.

Yesterday it was -25c and we went snowshoeing in a major snow squall. He was loving it. Cold doesn't seem to affect my guy. But once it gets -30c or colder with the wind chill he only gets 10min max because they say at that temperature your skin will freeze within 10 min.

On a side note, he absolutely does not like rain.
01-26-2014 02:49 PM
David Taggart GSD is a working dog, it's just a breed that requires a lot of physical exercise whichout which the owner definitely will face psychological problems with his dog in training. An obedient GSD is a tired GSD. GSD needs training and has to be brought up obedient, because the breed is potentially agressive, so one thing trails the other. Show line is not different from the Working line in this sense and a comparatively healthy dog would need physical exercise for 3 to 4 hours a day every day. The intensity of exercise depends on the time of the year, not on the weather (any rainy day is good as a sunny one). In the late spring and summer months it is always advised to lower the intensity of exercise, because your dog's heart could be affected with overheating, and increase physical load in winter. Humans are slow creatures in comparison to dogs, no man can really wear out a healthy GSD fully who is older than 4 months. If he can - it means that his dog wasn't trained enough and has a weak heart muscle.
01-26-2014 02:05 PM
Chicagocanine When I have dogs I don't walk them every single day, but the majority of the time we do at least a 2-3 mile walk if not longer. Sometimes I'd bike or rollerblade with them instead (if I have a dog trained to do those safely). Snow and ice don't bother me, but if it's below zero my dog is probably not going to spend much time outside because I am not good with that kind of cold. If it's very hot I walk at night but some nights it doesn't cool off and if it's still like 90 at 10 pm or something I may either skip the walk or cut it short.
Most of my dogs either were fine with skipping a walk in that they would not get crazy/destroy things, or else they were the type of dog who could not be tired out by walking anyway so we had to do other things too. I also do stuff with my dogs at home- training, playing fetch or 'find it', dog puzzles and etc...
On walks I also do training practice and what I call "urban agility" and we often stop at one of the multiple parks we can walk to, so it's definitely not boring.
01-26-2014 01:25 PM
Sunflowers
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lol sorry. i thought you were being serious. didnt know that was your attempt at being funny. good thing your day job isnt being a comedian!

LOL. Good thing yours doesn't involve catching nuances.
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