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Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby bslisbollocks » Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:55 pm

If so whats the maximum amount the should be walking?
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Re: Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:32 pm

Depends on their age and athletic ability.

In general, a dog over 18 months a day can run just as much as you can... IF you trained up to that level together.

I have clients that run marathons, and their dogs run 6 miles a day with them. These are some of the healthiest dogs in my practice, some of them still running daily into their early teens.
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Re: Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby Shoshana » Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:29 am

It also depends on the heat and humidity (aka the heat index). We don't walk Peanut if it's over 90F. If it's just barely over and she is makin me insane we'll take her to the end of the block and back.

Depending where you live, your cutoff temp could be lower. I have seen some people say their cutoff point is 80F.

Since we live in a no snow zone, Peanut gets walked a lot more in winter than summer.

You have to work up to distance though.
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Re: Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby bslisbollocks » Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:50 am

dachsund 2 years old, ive been walking him about 3 miles a day and he seems ok with it, infact whenever I sit down he whines abit to carry on
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Re: Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby Sarah » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:49 am

A healthy adult dog can walk as much as you could possibly have time for, and it is good for them.
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Re: Is it possible to walk a dog too much

Postby windycitymindy » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:59 am

Two thoughts for puppies, under 10/12 months:

Don't Overexert. Bone plates are still growing together so our vet advised to not exercise over the dog's normal natural activity.

Don't build up endurance. I've been pacing my 7 & 8 month olds to 2 miles of running next to me on the bike or a few miles walking. They are mildly tired after each - they could definitely do a lot more.
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