Walking distance

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What would be a reasonable distance to expect a Dobe to be able to walk? 

I am beginning training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  The walk in our area isn't until September so the training is gradual increases in distance.  During the end of the 1st 3 months training the distances vary between 5 - 10 miles.  By the end of training in September, there will be 20 mi walks.  Anyway, I want to take Lil Mama as often as I can, but I don't want to exhaust her and expect too much.

Right now she is good at about a mile and could still go more.

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hey lil mama.....i got a big two or three acre field behind me....i open the gate....release and....i figure by the time the boyz are done...they run walk and frolic about 10 - 15 kilometres...(field is about a kilometre in length....6/10 of a mile) in the time it takes me to drink a tallboy and smoke two ciggies....so....if you got water...snacks...and the pavement is the right temperature....i am betting a dobie could walk almost forever....

forced exercise at a young age is not recommended.

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RND is right,but once they reach adulthood they are free to run.I take my 7 year old girl Zoe on 3-5 mile runs and she barely breaks a sweat.You just don't want to overdo it while they are developing.At almost 8 months old I take my Brody for 1 1/2 mile walks 3-5 times a week. 

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I just take Skye for a 20 min walk, twice a day... Is that bad?

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My walks this week are 3 and 4 mi. and I know right now they are too long for her, but was wondering if in a couple months (she will be 6 months then) they would be ok.

Right now we walk in the early evening for less than 1 mile.  Half of the way (in intervals) Lil Mama is running beside me -- her choice, not mine (I hate running).  I don't want to to exhaust her or mess up her development.  Considering she will barely be 10 months by September and by what you all are advising, I should be leaving her home.  We'll stick to our daily 1 milers and I'll train all alone ;-( (see my lone tear running down my cheek).  Next year if I do this again, she can train with me.

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@Wolfgirl,that sounds just fine.

@ LilMama, I would keep it under a mile just like you're doing.Careful with the running,I wouldn't let her dictate the pace now,because she'll keep trying when she is 70-80 pounds and you won't have any control.Let her know who's boss while you have the strength advantage.You said Avon,as in Connecticut?

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rnd...i battled the puppy excercise thing like crazy.....with two littermates...they really dictated their own rgime...if they ran...even in the back yard...they would run run run...and i could not catch them and stop them...theyre well over three now....but i did my best to limit till about 1 1/2 years old.....now...hogan stops when he is tired...the blue????...have never seen him stop running....never lays down...run run run....a genetic freak yep......

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Lougepup.. You scare me................

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@Patriot....The cosmetics company Avon sponsors a 39 mi walk, spread over 2 days, every year in various cities as a fundraiser for breast cancer.  There is going to be one in Santa Barbara, CA in September.  That is only a couple hrs drive from where I live.

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Oh,just asking because there is an Avon,Connecticut near where I'm from in Massachusetts.Oh well,good luck with your training.

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Hi guys,  I usually go in the back yard with my 12 week old Blade, or go in the front of the house on leash for 10-30 min hang-around and talk with neighbors outing. Yesterday we went for about 1/2 mile walk with neighbor as a pack with other dogs, that he just LOVED. They went their own pace, and Blade could have gone more. You think that is too much?

He loves, loves, loves hanging out with other dogs.

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NTD---that sounds like a great way to "socialize" to me.