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Old 12-12-2012, 10:47 AM
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Hey,

I was wondering, does anyone have any guidelines for how much exercise a puppy ought to get? I've heard so much conflicting advice! I read somewhere that it was 5 minutes per month of age, but surely that isn't enough...

Edie's 14 and a half weeks old, and now she's started having more active times in the day I'd love to start taking her on longer walks to help her leash training. The nearest park is a ten minute walk away, is that too far?
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Hi Quill, no i dont think thats too far at all! IMO, puppies can go as far as they can go
Its all about building up to it gradually - from your post, i assume you are already taking her for short 5 min walks? I would build it up to 10 minutes, then 15, then 20, etc etc. Honey would walk for half an hour plus by the time she was 4 months - she just wouldnt tire for ages, but would let me know when she reached her limit - by stopping and pawing at me for pick ups generally! She now walks 3-4 hours per day and we also go for long walks up hills and mountains some weekends for 3-4 hours at a time. x
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I started walking chili for 10 minutes a couple times aday at about 5 months and upped it by a few minutes each week (mostly to build myself up). now at 11 months we walk 1 or 2 thirty minute walks aday when weather is nice. 30 minutes is right at a mile. once I decided to test him to see if I could tire him out and his limit that day was 1.5 miles, he asked to be carried back. I cant imagine how far a mile must seem when your legs are only 6 inches long and you jog the whole time. so if you cant spend hours walking your dog dont feel bad. they just like to get out and smell the world.
Also besure you shots are finished before you take the pup out in pubic. ask you vet. some will say it is ok after the 2nd set.

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The awesome thing about Chi's is that you can pick them up and carry them with no effort!
What we do with ours is just walk as long as we want. As soon as she starts getting tired we carry her the rest of the way, as to not over do it. Works for us
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Since Toby was a baby we have always walked. Now he is 14 months old and we walk 2-3 hours a day during the week and more on the weekend, depending on my schedule. We've always walked as much as he's wanted, which is always more than I want to walk lol.


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I think it depends on the individual dog. When Mylo was too young for walks we were playing with him for about 3 hours a day in 20 minute vigorous sessions of chasing the toy around us Ipin circles, playing tug and fetch otherwise he was just a grumpy, hyper puppy and we couldn't get him to do anything we wanted...like sleep. But Willow doesn't have such a high energy level. When we first got her she wanted to sleep for the most part, play for 5 minutes, go back to sleep. Now she's a little older she plays more but still doesn't have loads of energy. The first time I took Mylo out for a walk we went around the block and it took 45 minutes. When the weather is nice he gets two 1 hour walks a day. He loves to walk but is disappointed by anything shorter than 15 minutes. We've taken him to the beach and then he ran on the beach and then walked back again which took 3 hours or so in total and he didn't ask to be picked up at any point but he did sleep for the rest of the evening and was more subdued the next day. Willow has only had short walks because she hates the cold. Cold and rain are the only times my dogs refuse to walk.
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Tiki loves walking but sometimes if it is too cold or rainy she will sit down and refuse to walk. I think you will know what your chi can handle. It seems they are pretty vocal about there's needs and wants for the mot part
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