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Old 01-05-2013, 12:08 AM
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Exercise for a 5 month old

Hello all! My first post, I can't believe I made it through 8 weeks till now without posting! What a whirlwind of stress and chewing and frustration and cuteness!

My main question right now is in regards to exercise. Watson is 5 months this week, and I want to make sure I am giving him the right amount of exercise. I am quite paranoid about over exercising, I absolutely don't want to do any long-term damage or push him further than he can go, since he can't really be trusted to rest when he needs it yet (silly puppy will go forever). Right now, I am taking him on one 30-40 minute walk a day. The walk isn't very long in terms of distance, because a lot of the time is eaten by training (sit when a car goes by or there's a person across the street or something, and training for down, loose-leash walking, waits at crosswalks, and such). He's a puller, so there's a lot of waiting for a loose leash before moving, and clicking and treating when he gives me attention. I would estimate that in the 40 minutes we only do about 10 small city blocks. At the end of the walk I'm not dragging him or forcing him or anything.

In addition to the walk, he gets as much indoor fetch as he wants/will do, and he also gets a good part of his twice-daily meals in a treat ball that he bats around the kitchen (it really makes him work for his food), and twice daily obedience training (crate, mat, come, hand touches, etc.).

Do you think I am giving him enough exercise? I am in Minnesota, so the outside walks are in cold, if that changes your opinion, but it hasn't really been below 20 or so for a walk yet, so I'm not too worried about the cold. He does love the snow.

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Bentley just turned 6 months and for at quite awhile now we take 3 walks a day, everyday. Rain, snow, ice. If he misses one walk he's so full of energy I could pull my hair out.
Like you, we do a lot of training on our walks. We don't walk fast or far but we're gone about 45 min to an hour.

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I think it is fine especially with the cold temperatures. More energy is expanded keeping the body warm. My two rules of thumb are either about 5 minutes of walking per month or about half a mile per month, to be lowered if necessary in extreme temperatures (20s would be darn cold for us but is not extreme)
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Good to know that neither of you think I am overdoing it with him.

I would like to add that he really gets a workout from the treat ball, it holds about half a cup of food at a time, and doing two rounds of it (which leaves more than enough of his meal for treating and impulse control training) pretty much leaves him panting. It's a great way for me to get something else done while I know he's busy with his food, and I think has helped us not to have to do 2 or 3 walks a day yet, with the cold and him being so little. So few hours of daylight here right now.
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Hello & welcome. I have a 5.5 month old boy, who appears to be either very lazy or very mellow, as he only requires one straight walk a day of around 25 mins & is very content with that. Did not get a walk today, but spent time running around our quarter acre back garden with my DH. Every alternate day we/I take him to the park for around an hour of long-leash/ off-leash training & exploration .....the park is his favourite place as it has some areas of forest that he loves to forage about in. We have a 50ft training lead (not retractable) & it's a great way to train recall in a public place, as we just let the lead go & can walk quite a distance from him & then call him back over to us ...plus we do total off-leash time, where we throw sticks & run about with him like a pair of older loonies. Weekends we do trips to the beach/forest/river & spend a couple of hours there. It's summer here & very hot, & Loki hates walking in the heat, & I think the heat makes him drowsy, so he will play for a short time & then snooze for a couple of hours, all through the day & evening. I would not walk your puppy anymore than you do, at his age. You don't want problems with joints later on.
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I asked a same question last summer when we out little girl was just 5 months old. The guideline I was given was approximately 5 minutes per month until they were a year old.
At 5 months that would be 25 -30 minutes.
I've followed this guide line and it seems to be good. Bella has lots of energy & loves our walks. She always eager to go, at 9 months our walks are 40- 45 minutes each day.

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We have a 50ft training lead (not retractable) & it's a great way to train recall in a public place, as we just let the lead go & can walk quite a distance from him & then call him back over to us
The training lead is a great idea. The reason I worry that he doesn't get enough is that our yard isn't fenced, so he's really never off leash. I have a 20 foot one that I took to the park today, and let him run around with it on, he loved it. Not so good on the recall yet, but it's absolutely a great way to train it. Maybe I'll invest in a longer training lead, too, once he's better with the 20 footer. At least then he's on his way to get that 'yard time' exercise that is good for them.
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I think the amount of exercise is fine. I did a lot with my guy as he was young and he is OFA good and normal elbows! We did 45 off leash walking almost everyday. I think off leash is ideal so if you can throw that into your routine, even better! Mine love the kibble dispensing toys too!


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