August 19th, 2008, 11:30 AM
I was reading lately that too much exercise can be bad for the dog, sure I get that, but how do we define too much?
I usually get Titus (my 8 weeks old Siberian Husky) out once hes up and play with him, and he plays with Loki (the Miniature Australian Shepard that we're puppy sitting) once in a while too. I try not to over do it.
But he -loves- to walk with us, He usually walks around 20 minutes (walk, no job) then we pick him up or wait for a while, then walk again for 10 minutes or so.
So, how much is too much?!
August 19th, 2008, 11:45 AM
i would say 10-20 min at such a young age is plenty of walking.
the play is better exercise at that age.
the reason i have heard is that young dogs ligaments and muscles are not developed, and too much repetitive motion (walking, etc) can be a lot of stress/strain.
during play they are sprinting, jumping, stopping and changing directions, a much more balanced muscle load.
more vigorous walks can start at around 5 or 6 months, and then you slowly build into longer walks at around 1 yr.
even for a breed that can have hip problems, my vet said to walk my dog a lot, to strengthen the surrounding muscles and ligaments as much as possible.
August 19th, 2008, 02:56 PM
what your doing now seems fine. Just dont be running your pup on pavement for more then a minute or so, its too hard on his joints. If its playing with another dog, let them go for as long as they will play, since they are off leash they can stop and lay down and take a break when ever they feel the need to do so. Really as much easy on him exercise as he can go for is the amount really. Also swimming is a really great one, because with such a young pup though, there is no stress on their joints and it works literraly every muscle in their body.
August 19th, 2008, 04:23 PM
yea, I wonder if he'll like water hehe
August 19th, 2008, 09:06 PM
he might not like water the first time, it took me a few trip to get enzo in, if not, just pick him up put him out just so he cant reach ( stay very very close!!) and let him swim in..dogs do know how to swim, some choose not to. then the next time take him out a little further and further, he most likely will start to see that its nothing to be worried about and will start to enjoy it.
August 19th, 2008, 09:11 PM
That sounds like good exercise to me, the playing especially. I was also warned that too much walking wouldn't be good for the dog's ligaments and joints, so you may want to keep an eye on that, and also too much jumping, same reason.
I would also introduce her slowly to the water, so it's not too intimidating :thumbs up
And, we need pictures of the first water playtime!! :laughing:
August 24th, 2008, 08:12 AM
I know Springer spaniels are an especially active breed, and im getting a 12 week old pup, how long should its 1st few walks be?? I know play is better than walks when its that young, but i want to get into a routine of walking.
How long then??
August 24th, 2008, 10:04 AM
id say the same applies for all dogs.
start SLOW as pups, and SLOWLY build towards 30 minute walks @ 6 or 7 months and 1hr at around 1 yr or so.