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03-21-2014 02:57 PM
lovemygirl My girl is somewhere between 4 and 6 years old (no one can pin her age down since her previous owner cut down all her teeth and clearly didn't go to a dentist to do it) and our exercise schedule varies between:

4-6 short walks (15-20 min each) a day + 3 sessions of fetch lasting 20-30 minutes each


4-6 short walks a day + 2 sessions of fetch at 20-30 minutes + 1 hour vigorous hiking/exploring

This depends on my work schedule, season, etc. I work on commands/training with her at least every other day. She does well with this and is conked out the day following any day that involves hiking

My last dog was a beagle, who wouldn't even walk a mile

Really though, she is my first shepherd and I am surprised by how "little" exercise she needs/wants. This amount of exercise keeps her at a healthy weight & keeps her boredom at bay. She starts to go a little stir crazy though if I'm laid out (super sick) for a couple of days and we drop to just the walks.
03-18-2014 05:40 AM
TommyB681 For general health I try and do about an hour a day. Sometimes its more or less pending on my schedule or her mood. Sometimes she more energetic then others. My buddy has a Mal with a relentless engery level its play play train play train walk run ALLL DAY, or else it wont sleep at night. (pretty funny actually) However, hes a Marine and does cross-fit so hes just as off the wall and the dogs perfect for him.

My typical day is 2 20-30 minute walks and about 20- 30 minutes of obediance or ball play
03-14-2014 11:52 PM
gsdsar Thanks all for the honest answers. My pups can certainly go for a lot longer than I usually do. I could hike for hours and they would still be ready for more. But I don't find it "necessary" for them to settle.

I guess that was my "point". It has been a very yucky winter. And we are now expecting another 9 inches of snow. And yes, my pups get a bit wound up, it's never been intolerable. All of them have great "off switches".

My pup does need to build more endurance, so I plan on upping his cardio now that the weather is better and the days are longer.

If I count the play time with my pack and outside yard time, it probably works out to more than I stated. Just was curious, if I was an anomaly.

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03-14-2014 09:40 PM
Oisin's Aoire I ..don't ..have a structured exercise routine for him ? We are an active family..but the weather has been awful lately. The kind of crusty hard snow that breaks through all over the place and is a danger for twisted everything on dogs and people.

He is real attached to my kids , one of which has autism and is never sitting still. So he is kind of always moving . I was concerned about " running " him before one year of age , so it has pretty much been multiple walks and games of tug here and there throughout the day. Now that he is 1 , and the nice weather is coming I will do my daily 3 mile run with him in addition. And hikes.

I just realized come June 2nd all 3 of the kids will be and school all day so we'll probably hike a lot too. Because I need to be more active too lol
03-14-2014 11:00 AM
Galathiel My pup is restless and doesn't really settle unless he has some intense exercise. We don't have a place to walk, but have an acre of land so I use a chuck-it for his exercise as well as a flirt pole. He's been on crate rest (again) and just got to play with his beloved chuck-it again in the past couple of days. He's been fairly good in the house, he's not hyper, but doesn't lie around and snooze at all either. I'm looking forward to wearing him out so I can have some peace in the house again, since he's too much into the cat's business all the time otherwise.

To answer your question, he actually doesn't require that much exercise, he just needs something that really pushes him for a fairly short period of time. 30 minutes of hard running and he's decent in the house. I usually do it 2 or 3 times a day in addition to his training.
03-14-2014 09:36 AM
Wild Wolf Hunter went two weeks straight without exercise and he was fine, but I wasn't. I like to get out and DH and I are super active, outdoorsy people. If Hunter doesn't get any walks, on a rainy or super cold day, he is chill around the house and you can't really tell.

Living in the apartment we had to go out for exercise, often drive somewhere. They couldn't even really play in the apartment because it was so small. Now that we are in a house, my two get playtime inside (they have play time in my carpeted basement), playtime in the fenced yard. They get IPO training once a week until the weather improves, obedience/tracking/scent detection through out the week and whenever we go on hikes or excursions (which is often) they come with us.

Mine do get a lot of exercise, not because they need it, but because that is just our lifestyle. I've never trained so much in my life, either... seems like we are training during all our free time during the day.

I love it, though. Not complaining, neither are the dogs. When we are relaxing inside, they are sleeping.
03-14-2014 08:54 AM
glowingtoadfly When she was a crazy one year old, three mile hike or half hour playing fetch at a tennis court then a half hour walk every day, off leash fetch in the yard or at a park at least three times a day, plus working on long downs in the morning while my husband had his coffee. Now they get a few marathon play sessions in the yard in the morning, then half hour walks at night because it is very cold. We work on obedience/ handling in exchange for breakfast and dinner, and Skadi gets a half hour German obedience lesson every day while I work on teaching Grim to fetch.
03-14-2014 08:44 AM
LaRen616 Sinister could go forever without a walk, his energy is whatever I want it to be.

Draco really needs to be walked but it has been really cold around here and Draco does not do well in the cold because he is a sissy so we have not been going for walks for several months but he does need them and he has been getting very restless lately.

Sinister is low/medium energy and Draco is medium/high energy but both settle well in the house until Draco gets the zoomies and runs around the house like a mad man with his Kong Wubba.

So their exercise for right now is chasing each other in the yard for a couple of hours a day, wrestling with each other pretty much all day and chewing on bones, playing tug-o-war and their Everlasting Treatball, Everlasting Treat Wheeler and their Everlasting Fun Ball. We also work on basic obedience for 10-15 minutes a day.

Wanted to add, when we go for a walk it's usually between 2-5 miles and I do consider that as exercise for the dogs, we are not slow walkers. They almost always end up off leash at some point and get to run around like fools.
03-13-2014 03:10 PM
Lilie During the week, my boys are out in the yard all day, which I don't count as 'exercise'. Every night I take them out in the pastures and let them free run. Some times we play fetch. Then we go to the pond and most nights they'll swim.

My GSD will come to me when he's tired. My Lacy....rarely tires. We bought a remote control speed boat to use in the pond. The Lacy will chase it. THAT will get him tired. I get to sit on my butt and he does all the work.

If the dogs start getting snippy with eachother, I know I need to exercise them more. I do a lot of mind games like laying tracks and playing find it with them.
03-13-2014 02:29 PM
misslesleedavis1 1 hour in the morning, 20 minutes or half hour in the evening is my routine.
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