Exercise meaning: swimming, dog park, retrieving, running off leash
We all know a tired lab is a good lab. In answering Zoey'sDad's question in Puppy training regarding misbehavior and linking it to getting the proper exercise... he felt I was the exception that I take Ender to a park DAILY to do retrieves.
This poll is meant to represent the average... not including those special occasions where your dog was in doggy day care, or is recovering from an injury or any other special circumstance that would prevent him/her from normal activity.
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I have followed that thread and again, you are definitely not the exception.
Typically me and my dogs go out for 1 1/2 - 2 hours every day, rain or shine, no matter how tired or crappy I am feeling. We go out twice a day in the morning and afternoons. They are free to run off leash, play and explore. I usually bring a few training dummies and do a couple of retrieves. They run around so much I figure they easily triple the distance I walk. They are very satisfied with this amount and it keeps them happy.
If I don't spend at least an hour and oftern more with the dogs, I get no peace. The morning routine is:
Feed the dogs
Play with the dogs ~1/2 hour
Walk the dogs another ~hour
Play with dogs ~1/2 hour
Put dogs in kennel and go for a nap myself
Play=out to park and fetch, chase around house inside /outside, training, fetching in the house (one fetches the other 2 chase the one who fetched). Right now as I am writting this I have 3 sleeping dogs (pup included).
We will do this again before supper. This does not include the playing around they do with my 3 sons.
WHO said only 1 hour?????????
It's a little hard to answer. Theo gets two off-leash walks a day of about 30 minutes each. During that time he gets to retrieve, swim, play, etc. We also do obedience, but not every day (because I'm lazy). If he doesn't get a walk, he gets a trip to the dog park. We can get away with just a leash walk for one of them, but if he gets only a leash walk for more than a day or two, he gets restless. He's 3 and loves to work.
I voted an hour or more, but Fergus is currently recovering from cruciate surgery so is only getting an hour leash walk a day and two 30 minute swimming sessions a week. Pre injury he got a minium of an hour off leash running, fetching ect...of exercise a day. Rain or shine Fergus goes out for exercise everyday!
Yeah I was trying to go for an average.Originally Posted by theoconbrio
For me I would say about an hour of playtime with me a day. Sometimes it is broken down to 2 - 30 min sessions or 3 - 20 min sessions.
They absolutely love the Chuck-It ball launcher.
Other than that they pretty much play with each other when I am off busy doing my own thing. Or they are under my feet!
I voted 45 minutes. She gets about 20 minutes of running after her piggies in the house, then we play "chicken" outside for another 20 minutes or so. Sometimes less.
She would be good w/30 minutes. Zoe also gets a short 25 minute walk in the a.m. before work.
On weekends, however, we spend about 1-1/2 hours at the beach. She could spend all day there if I let her. On beach days, this is the only exercise she gets, as she is pretty much settled the rest of the day and night.
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I really never put a stop watch to it. I guess between walking (on and off leash), the "chuck it", and our litlle ball games in the yard it is more than an hour. We have days that they will play together (keep away) for hours. I was raking leaves this Saturday and they were running hard for at least an hour.
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I can't really answer the question, either. EVERY SINGLE DAY, Wesley and I go out with him on the Flexi. So is that a walk or is that exercise. He walks, he runs, he 'niffs, he pees, he poops. The morning walk is no shorter than 45 mins. The after-dinner one is anywhere from 15 mins to 45 mins, depending on what else is going on.
Aside from that, we go to dog class once a week, where he spends 3 hrs being a demo dog and then participating in two other classes -- running rally courses, doodling, etc.
Swimming? Maybe once a month or so because it's so far away and inconvenient.
Retrieving? Sad to say, but Wesley has like 0 play-drive. He'll look at a toy or a bumper thrown in the yard and then look up at me blankly as if to say, "Hmmph. Wow, dad. You're going to have quite the walk bringing THAT thing back."