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Old 05-18-2011, 10:01 PM
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Hello. I am wondering how long do you all walk your chi's for? I am also wondering how much is too much? I take my little guy for a 30-45 minute walk almost every day but sometimes I miss a day. I like to go for walks in nature reserves, parks and the river valley trails but I haven't brought my little guy with me. I would really love to get him out into nature with me so he can enjoy it with me. Plus I love to have him with me everywhere.

Is 2 hours too much for a chi? Would he let me know how much is too much? I am scared to over exert him and make him ill.

Also is it possible to help him build up endurance?

Also I was wondering if anyone has any tips for walking in the winter. It get extremely cold here in our northern Canadian winters. Any ideas on how to get him exercise once the winter comes around?
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:36 PM
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Tyson will happily walk for 2 hours through woods and fields no problem, in fact he is happy to keep going it is us that have had enough!! Can't really help with the cold winters when it is wet or snowy here Tyson refuses to move outside the door LOL
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Oh that's great news! I can't wait to take him for a walk in the river valley trails with me.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:09 PM
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you can get a little doggy stroller if you wanted, just in case you think he might have enough or something, also its nice for the winter so u dont have to leave him behind, and u can carry water and a bowl in it for him!
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:12 PM
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Usually where I like to go for my long walks/hikes are unpaved trails so I don't think the puppy stroller would work very well, plus it would hurt my masculinity. LOL
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:21 PM
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My dogs will walk 'till they drop.

Yes, you can build their endurance - just that same as you'd build yours.
Just push a little farther every few days, and be sure they have recovery time between walks.

I don't push them on daily walks on the sidewalk, but when we're at the park ( all grass) they are like little energizer bunnies.
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My girl will go as long as I do. She happily keeps up with 3 border collies with no hesitation. 6 mile, off leash hikes in the woods are no problem for her.

It doesn't get terribly cold here but it does get into the 20s and 30s. I still take mine out to play in pretty low temps but I keep an eye on them and if I start to feel too cold we all go in. The biggest problem is the salt on the sidewalks and such getting on their pads and burning them. I don't walk mine on salted areas in the winter.
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Gucci and Prada will walk for 1 hour without any complaints, but after that the majority of the time they start getting cranky and they just sit and don't move LOL
Its quite funny because they try to crawl into my handbag and be carried around instead
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