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How often/far do you walk your dog?

I'm curious about how often/far people walk their dogs!

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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

I have the feeling I am in the extreme here. Chama is old and arthritic but still needs/want her walks. I now walk Chama and Rafi together 3 times, every day, totaling 1-2 miles. Then I take Rafi for a separate (power) walk, usually about 3-5 miles. I have had dogs for 21 years now and have become addicted to walking!

I should add that my choice is to walk twice a day, one long walk and one short walk.

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I walk 1 to 2 miles a day. It depends on how bad my foot hurts with the Plantar Fasciitis. I will say this, IF I did NOT have Jolene, and started this daily walk, I might not be alive now. The first time I tried the first mile, I actually thought I was going to have a heart attack and die. Now a mile is a ho hum. It's a steep hill on the return half mile. Yes, we go in the rain. She WILL not walk in the dark however. So winter time we don't get an evening walk in.

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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

I voted for 1 -2 miles - our walks vary

If it's just me and The Moon, we'll go the 1 1/2 miles to the good beach, she swims then we walk home.

The pupper's tongue is hanging out sideways after about 3/4 of a mile so that's when we head back - he's up to almost 2 miles on a good day.

If the kids are with me, they can only do about a mile before they complain.

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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

I take my pup (7 months) out 3 times a day. I alternate between playing in the park, relaxed walking and power walking (short distances) to make it more interesting. Summer is on it's way here now though so I we will take it easier during the day (it's already 90 degrees here).
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We normally walk at least 2 miles at a time, sometimes over 3 miles.
However my Golden has been limping lately due to her arthritis so we haven't been walking as much with her although I was still going on the longer walks with my foster dog... When Ginger was younger we'd also go on a 1-3 mile bike ride or rollerblading in addition to the walks.


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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

i try to walk my pup 2-3 miles daily in 3 walks, however winter is around the corner and between the salt and frozen pavement and ice in wisconsin, long walks are out.

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Something else the poll doesn't take into consideration is exercise other than walking. Yes we walk the dogs but we also give them alot of exercise just in our yard. Doing running and jumping exercises are every bit as if not more important than walking your dog.
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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

GSDad makes a good point. The boys get walked 1-2 times a day, depends on how much energy they have vs. how much rough housing is going on. Along with that, they are alotted time to play with one another civilly, which tires them both out for maybe 2-3 hours. Then I will take each one outside for a turn at training with distractions. Whether it's heeling, or recall, staying, or socializing the cats. You wouldn't think it's exercise, but when they are done, they are very tired, so I think it qualifies. After that, if they still have energy to burn, I'll play a game of fetch with them.

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Re: How often/far do you walk your dog?

I deliberately set up the poll just about walking because I was curious. Walking is the staple of my dogs' exercise but Rafi also gets play time. A lot of his walk time is also off leash. Because of his joint issue I do limit his running and jumping.

I walk year round here in Buffalo just as I did for 9 years in Wisconsin. When it's really snowy I use snowshoes and if it's icy I use Yaktrax. We walk rain, snow, sleet...just like the U.S. mail service.

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