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Old 03-13-2013, 05:07 AM
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I just mapped out a wonderful route I want to start walking vida once spring is in bloom! it measures out to be 1.3 Miles. I could edit the route a bit if I had to but I was just wondering how often and long do you WALK your dog...

I'm not talking about taking them out to potty as that usually means a 5-10min trip right outside. I still need to get in shape and the snow needs to melt but just wanted to get a figure on how much others walk (I think vida has much more energy than the avg chi. but still I'd like to get a general range)

I used to walk her downtown at the nearest park which was a huge park for a downtown but there was always so much going on that she spent most of the time watching the people and animals lol now she will be able to go for a walk and get some exercise!

Also does anyone "run" with your chi even if it's a short distance I was just curious too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:42 AM
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Kerri gets a 45 minute walk every day and a run with my husband (he is on roller blades) 2-4 times a week. I don't really trust his measurement skills but he thinks the run is about 2 miles. We often go on hikes for longer than that and Kerri can do a 6 mile hike easily.

Just remember you need to work up to it- and keep it consistent. Just like us, if you only exercise one day a week you are more likely to injure yourself and be sore, try to get walking every day! Also I don't recommend structured running with any dog until they are an adult, so you don't put unnecessary pressure on growing joints.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:54 AM
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When the weather is nice, we go for a walk everyday. Usually one long walk and a couple of smaller walks. I haven't actually clocked how far we walk, but she easily keeps up on hikes. Now that spring is arriving, we're starting to build her endurance again and we've been walking for approx. 30 mins-1 hr. at a brisk pace. In the summer, we take her hiking and she will often need a break, but is able to keep up with us.

I personally don't like the idea of running a tiny dog, just because they're working so much harder to keep up. When you watch larger dog breeds run with a human, they're not really running, but slowly jogging. Usually people are running on cement of asphalt too, which is pretty hard on joints. I just don't think such a high impact sport is a good idea in a breed that commonly has joint issues. Just my opinion! Odie LOVES to run, but it's usually in a grassed area when she's free.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:10 AM
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I walk him at least to the park daily and he runs off lead. Usually we go to the dog park, on a hike, or on my bike.

The minimum is a half hour run at the park. Max is around 5 miles of off lead walking along the river.

As for running, I do it. I also want to try doing jogging at some point when I am not hurting, but right now he runs alongside my bike for short distances.

You must be careful not to hurt them. I stop him before he seems tired- I have never actually seen him tired enough to lie down or give up on a walk or run. I don't think that is healthy. He always has energy to spare and I have never seen him pant. I have watched him sprint after huge dogs for ages and not tire but I still don't push it.

Some days I can't take him because of health stuff and if that is the case we play in the house. I can sit down and throw toys for him so he isn't too bored and sitting helps a bit for my pain.

As others have said do not work a pup hard. They need to just play the way they do, they are so fragile.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:19 AM
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I walk her every day. She does not go pee outside. Actually, lately her instincts have kicked in and she will do it on her own if the mood strikes, but her walks are usually just for her to get out there and sniff things and stimulate her. She is very scared (still) on her walks but I persist.

I do not run with her outside. Our walks vary from up to 45 minutes and many
times much more, it depends on the weather and what things need to be done.

Good for you for making changes you will not regret!
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I need to start taking my unfit Chi out - she needs to lose weight and so do I. I will start off at 15 mins and work up to 45mins to an hour a day. Its been a very hot summer here, so now just waiting for it to cool down a bit more before I start.
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1st I will point out that Vida is 2 years old this April so I don't think she is considred a puppy anymore... thought she is still my BABY at heart!

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When the weather is nice, we go for a walk everyday. Usually one long walk and a couple of smaller walks. I haven't actually clocked how far we walk, but she easily keeps up on hikes. Now that spring is arriving, we're starting to build her endurance again and we've been walking for approx. 30 mins-1 hr. at a brisk pace. In the summer, we take her hiking and she will often need a break, but is able to keep up with us.

I personally don't like the idea of running a tiny dog, just because they're working so much harder to keep up. When you watch larger dog breeds run with a human, they're not really running, but slowly jogging. Usually people are running on cement of asphalt too, which is pretty hard on joints. I just don't think such a high impact sport is a good idea in a breed that commonly has joint issues. Just my opinion! Odie LOVES to run, but it's usually in a grassed area when she's free.
Thank you for the post. I can hear from your post that during the winter she doesn't get walked as much which was another of my questions! Being that I live in Minnesota the ability to walk her is not year round but more like 6-8mo. Id say (though a few years ago it was about 10months!) I have selected a beatiful 1.3 mile trail and I think once it get's nice out we will start to walk just a bit for about 2-3 times a week and go from there. Also do you decrease the amount of walking in the fall as to ween her off of walks too?


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I walk her every day. She does not go pee outside. Actually, lately her instincts have kicked in and she will do it on her own if the mood strikes, but her walks are usually just for her to get out there and sniff things and stimulate her. She is very scared (still) on her walks but I persist.

I do not run with her outside. Our walks vary from up to 45 minutes and many
times much more, it depends on the weather and what things need to be done.

Good for you for making changes you will not regret!
Thank you! That is good advice I think 2-3 times a week will be a good start maybe some weeks I could take her out more but for now I think that will be a realistic minimal walking route Also slowly expanding the distance might be good. There is just so many trails around here I think I'm more excited that Vida is! lol


Also I don't plan on running with Vida but I do want to try jogging a bit with her once I am able to start jogging myself lol probably only the distance of about 2-4 blocks because I think it would be good to help get her some exercise at a bit faster rate since she doesn't have a buddy chi to run and play with she just got me lol
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:27 PM
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I walk through the winter. Bundle up and get going, just because it is cold doesn't mean your dog doesn't need some exercise. Douglas won't walk in snow so we do only very short walks when there's snow on the ground but otherwise, unless it's below 20 or pouring freezing rain/sleet/something else disgusting, we walk. I bundle Douglas and myself up and we go anyway.
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