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post #91 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-05-2014, 11:30 PM
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Benny is 5 1/2 and a 3 mile walk each day, with off leash time and a play/ training session later in the day at the park seems to be enough. He is with me most of the day as I am retired so I think much of his needs are more for companionship with me and not so much on exercising

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post #92 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-24-2014, 03:10 PM
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I have my first GSD who will be turning 2 on Saturday. I got her at 19 months old. I try to walk her at least a mile a day, but I also run her beside my bike, run with her, hike with her, etc. I have health issues that limit my exercise at times, so there are days I don't do anything with her and she is fine. I have noticed she is most happy, however, when she gets about 10 miles or so of exercise per week, be that walking or running. We also throw the ball and she retrieves it, we do obedience and rally work, and other mind stimulating games. Additionally, we do several long downs (15-30 minutes each) a week-- which despite not being a PHYSICAL activity, are actually a very mentally draining activity so they help with an active dog.
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Sam goes a two-mile lead walk every day. Goes to the yard once or twice a week for a good runaround a big field. He goes out in the garden each day for a play and I kick balls etc about for him.

Before taking him to the yard for the runaround off-leash, he got tired quicker when playing with other dogs.
Now, having that time off-leash, he was one of the dogs on the beach with the most staying power. 2 hours chasing balls on the beach and with a ten minute break (we were ready to go home) but he was ready to go again.
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post #94 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-24-2014, 04:24 PM
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I believe that lots of species-appropriate exercise keeps dogs healthy, happy and strong.

We do at least one on-leash walk a day, usually for an hour. We also do a lot of hiking, which can be anywhere from 5 to 10 km in a day. My two dogs also get lots of off leash time outside in the yard every day, play in the house and off leash play at various parks around the city.

We also do IPO training weekly (I consider this intense work outs for the dogs) and in the summer we go swimming every 2 weeks or so. Various dog sport events like lure coursing, dock diving, disc dog, etc.

I'm also starting to bike ride with Hunter and will do that into the winter pending clear roads.

We do a lot of hiking and fetch to keep the dogs tired, lean and to keep their hearts strong.

My female is still young, but Hunter can go all day long. He has crazy high endurance.

What do they actually need? I believe my two working line dogs need a lot, but both will settle in the house and go days without anything if I am sick or the weather is terrible. Though, we tend to go out training/exercising even in bad weather.

Dogs in general are animals meant to travel long distances, so hiking long distances IMO is the best exercise for dogs.

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post #95 of 110 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 01:00 PM
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I play tug/fetch (he isn't very good at fetch though lol, so mostly tug) with Kody in the backyard for 15-20 minutes before putting on his doggie backpack with half a water bottle on each side and taking him for a mile or two walk around the neighborhood or to PetCo and back. After that, I have to work on out training to stimulate him mentally. Then if I have time later in the day I'll take him on another walk for half a mile to a mile. All this makes him manageable XD
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My girl is 2, she and my dobe come with me when I ride my horse, this can be anything from one to four hours, anything from 4-5 times a week in the Summer to once a fortnight in the Winter. In addition to that I run anything from 45 minutes to an hour 1-4 times a week. She also does obedience training at our local dog training club once a week. We are lucky enough to have a paddock for them to run in on days when we don't go anywhere.
Earlier this year I had whooping cough and spent a week on the couch.. I was worried about the dogs but Norah was happy just to hang out beside me...

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I have a big GSD who's 1 1/2 and he has tons of energy. I try to play fetch/ run around with him for about an hour, and then I give him a long walk. That includes some running, steep hills, and power walking; get him trotting a bit. I try to do at least 2 miles, or else he's still very energetic.
It takes a very lot to completely "wear him out"... over the summer, I had some time off, and we went on long, long walks and hikes, and lots of swimming, and he would be really tired after that. I haven't gotten him to the "completely wiped out" point in a while, but the long walk seems to at least get him to the point where he isn't all wound up and he can just sit down and relax.
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I have the feeling that Butters is more of a low-energy dog (well, low energy for a GSD). She's 4 months right now and tuckers out nicely with our really basic physical exercise routine -
  • She gets around 2 walks a day (sometimes just 1 long walk if my health is acting up), roughly 30-40 minutes in total, occasionally more.
  • Then, we play fetch numerous times on/off throughout the day. (I've tried other games with her, and we do play tug and such within the house, but fetch is the only game that has held her interest.) Our house sits on a large, maybe 1 1/2 acre property, so we toss it as far as we can into the yard, she bolts off, brings it back, rinse and repeat. All in all, this usually results in anywhere from 20-40 minutes of exercise.

We haven't been able to do too much hiking, brisk walks, etc. due to the weather (either chilly or rainy 80% of the time) or my health, but now that spring is just around the corner we plan to make fairly frequent visits up to Mt. Rainer National Park, which is maybe a 10-minute drive from here.

We also want to take her down to the river once it's warm enough for us to join her. And in the summer we plan on buying a small pool just for her.

Obviously, I need to work on mental stimulation as well. Only problem is - as mentioned - she doesn't really like other games. The Kong bores her, she isn't interested in hide n' seek (or using her nose to sniff out treats), etc.

But, then again, I always have a happy, snoozy puppy come night time, so I suppose my routine isn't too shabby.

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Rogan and Lanee will go about 3 miles everyday. We usually do a 2 mile walk in the morning and a 1 mile walk in the evening, followed by lots of play time in the yard with toys, balls, etc. But if the weather is in the toilet or I'm sick, they'll happily just sleep or work on a bone and not seem to care either way.

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post #100 of 110 (permalink) Old 05-26-2015, 09:26 PM
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we have a large amount of land and he has the run of the property, since he's a young dog of 3 he is happy and trim.
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