I know that when they are puppies the target exercise time is 15 minutes for every month old. But, what about for a two year old like my Hershey.
Can you over-exercise them? For instance my husband works nights and will take Hershey for a 3 to 5 mile walk each afternoon. Then towards evening, I will take him for another 3 + miles. Is 8 to 10 miles a day too much for him?
I don't think that is too much for your lab..as long as there are no joint problems. I recall my vet telling me one time that labs require approx 8 miles/day energy expenditure....so it seems like you are right on. Especially with the way you are breaking it up.
15 minute X months' age is NOT the generally accpted amount for puppies.* For puppies up to a year old, the usual recommended amount is 5 minutes for each month of age.I know that when they are puppies the target exercise time is 15 minutes for every month old.* But, what about for a two year old like my Hershey.
My Puff (YF, AKC, field line, 55 lbs., dob: 8-'01) was somewhat hyper and needed 2 sessions of that amount each day.
I don't think that amount of walking is necessarily too much.*
But learn to "read" your dog.*
For example, if he acts exhausted, it's too much.*
If he acts docile, it's just right.*
If he's continually begging to play or gets destructive when alone because he's bored and not sleeping, it's too little.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Seems ok to me. Are the walks on or off leash?
I walk round about that amount every day with the dogs but they are off leash and prolly run double the distance I walk.
Those walks are on leash.
Thats fine for a mature dog. I wouldn't walk a pup on leash for that amount of time but for an adult dog I don't see a problem. As long as he is not slowing down or lagging behind (he should be alert and eager) long walks are excellent for both physical and mental well being.Those walks are on leash.
Wow...Princess get that much in a month. She would drop dead if we walked that much. I wish we were able to do that much walking.