How much exercise should a dobie pup get?

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Now we don't do anything strenuous, like jogging or running, but how long should a typical walk with a 4 month old pup be? I've read that you can slowly over time increase the walks, but sometimes I feel like I'm not walking him enough, or if he's just being a drama queen about being inside the house when it's soooooooo much more fun outside with the blowing leaves and the other dogs and the pedestrians and the mailman and the squirrels, etc etc etc. He gets walked at least 2-3 times a day, about 15 - 20 minutes each (usually a morning walk, noon time walk, and an evening walk -- sometimes I'll take him with me to walk down to the mailbox, or just up and down the street randomly to see neighbors/if kids are walking around outside). It's not a brisk or fast stride, but a normal paced walk.

Anyway, I'm a new dobie parent so I'm pretty neurotic I guess you could say lol. I can tell he's raring to go some days and I feel like he could go on forever if I let him.. but I don't want to overwork him. Or am I just being paranoid?! Lol. I just feel bad when I have to set myself to my work at my desk and he'll huff around and throw himself into his bed like he's so bored, etc. And I do try to keep him mentally stimulated by practicing his training or I'll peek around the corner and he'll come stalk me, we play our games, he just makes me feel so guilty when I have to work on something that does not include him! Lol.

 

One of his utterly guilt-inducing looks.

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Sounds about right to me, i was doing 20 min walks with Q at that age twice a day increasing as he got older. We built a little obsticle course in the yard which was fun.  Somebody else put a whole lot of hanging things from a wire....like ropes and tyres, buckets just within mouth reach for an older dog to keep them occupied. I thought about that but after losing half a leg from my dive suit on the washing line....(neatly cut) I might add a surgeon would have been proud. I decided against that idea. :)

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Sounds about right.  When Harley was a little guy we did two twenty minute walks.  Now that he is a little bigger we have incorporated chuckit or frisbee in the middle of the walks and hiking on weekends.  Sounds like you are spot on with the exercise.

The only thing I might add are mental games.  I swear, 15 minutes of "find-it" and he is more tired than an hour long walk. It's also a good thing to practice since it is starting to rain and it provides a a good rainy day activity. OB training does the same thing, but they should be kept short so they are always successful and end on a good note.  Like 5 minute intervals throughout the day.

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cemberdyllion, I'm so glad you asked that question because I was about to myself! I am also a new dobie parent. With my past dogs I've always gone by the motto "a tired pup is a good pup" but of course I don't want to overdo it with Jade. She is 3 and 1/2 months old. I made the mistake of taking her too far a couple of weeks ago ... she started whimpering before we got home and just plopped down, so we rested and then I carried her a bit lol. She was so excited at the first part of the walk I just wasn't thinking. Now we go about a mile and a half or so a couple of times a day and it seems just right. She goes to puppy class once a week and I've begun incorporating obedience while we walk. I can't believe how quickly she has stolen my heart!!

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Awesome! What a load off my mind, we'll continue with our walk regimen! We do play some fetch in between walks or do some training sessions, I try to keep him busy with a toy or his kong, or something if he's looking bored. But a lot of the times after a walk he'll be pooped, tongue lolling, and he'll pass out and start snoring lol. I'll definitely be incorporating the "find it" game! Sounds fun!

Tinks, hehe! Looks like we are in the same boat. :) Desoto TOTALLY did that when he first came home. He was about 3 months, I don't think he'd ever been on a leash beforehand so a lot of the times he just plopped his butt on the sidewalk, head tilted, and looking like "HUH?" And he didn't go very far without lying down, looking absolutely spent. So we ended up carrying him home as well LOL. It's incredible how quickly they steal our hearts! There's just so much personality, it's nothing I've ever seen with any of the dogs I've had growing up!

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Tinks you should not be walking Jade until she has had ALL of her shots.  They are finished with distemper/parvo and rabies at 16 weeks.  They can easily contract parvo which is a life threatening disease when they aren't properly vaccinated and brought around public places.  Parvo is contracted from the dirt to the mouth.  You never know where an infected dog has been.  For more information look under the "health" section for "parvo and why we vaccinate" I did a thread on it a while back.

Otherwise, I think the other advice is just about right.

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Diesel is 4 mo and we take him out for a run/walk for about 20-30 min twice a day (a dog that is already doing two-a-days.... this is a dream for owners who are multisport athletes!)... of course we don't run really hard or fast the whole time, and we mix up walking and running so he can get used to going "our pace", and learning that when we go outstide it's not always go, go, go.  And we also want to be as easy on his joints as possible.  When we get back he's still in "puppy mode", so we go out back and let him run around like crazy.  Usually our maltipoo, Leo (who is in agility, along with our maltese Stella), runs him... ok, he gets Diesel to chase him.  Either way, it wears out Diesel and gets him to use up that extra energy.  So far it's working pretty well for us.