/ How often/long do you walk your dog.
I try to give them an hour off the lead walk every day followed by a 20 minutes pee walk last thing. If I'm off work, I'll get out for an off the lead walk at least twice a day and the pee walk as well. During the day, they have the run of the garden.
My two get 1/2 hr morning and again in the evening: of those walks, off-lead 2 or 3 times a week in the park. On Sundays they usually get couple of hours' run off-lead.
Mine live on a farm, and spend the day mooching around the stable yard, coming and going as they please, heading out to the fields with people going to catch horses, etc.
Mine have been out for 5hrs today, all around the forest.
On weekdays, 90mins intensive in the mornings, and around 2hrs at night. Good for them & me.
The new cocker isn't being worked this season, but he will be next year if he keeps on training well.
Sometimes shedoesntget a walk but chases a ball in the garden......
Lotta gets three quarters of an hour off lead morning and evening, and playing in the field during the day. At the moment she's on lead walks because she's in heat.
When i had a dog, had to re-home due to job change and working away from home too much..
I use to run 5miles at 6am.. quick 30min walk during lunch.. and a 2 hour walk at night. Plus any other bike/run use to go on, dog use to run at side. Damn thing was never tired.
birds fly, fish swim and dogs walk
...and jimjimjim, talks the talk.
Obviously the 'correct' amount will be dependent on the age/breed/temperament of the dog.
We've got a two year old border collie, so obviously he needs a lot of exercise. I run almost every day through the local forest trails with him off the lead for about an hour.
He also gets another 30-40 minute walk off the lead after work.
Both me and my wife are lucky enough to mostly work from home, so several times a day we'll take him out into our back field and spend 10 minutes throwing a frisbee, which he adores.
It's not just the exercise (especially with Collies), it's the mental stimulation and the feeling of 'doing a job' in the pack. The morning run/walk is important as it's meant to simulate the daily territorial roaming instinct in dogs. Although we've got lots of land, we can't just use leaving him free to run around as an excuse not to engage with the dog.
It's all topped off with a before-bed 10 minute walk for a pee.
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