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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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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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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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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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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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It depends on the dog, but Brody could go and go and go and still be ready for more. We go on 3-4 walks a day, 30-45 minutes and he is fine with it. He could definitely go longer. He has gone on 3-4 mile hikes before and never missed a step.
 

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I got abit lost with my lot a couple of weeks ago and our 4 mile walk turned into a 10 mile hike!! Heidi and Hannah were fine with it (and would happily have kept going!!) although Adam had def had enough by the end and only wanted to mooch along behind me.
TBH I was completely shattered! I know I would conk out before the dogs did!!:rolleyes:
 

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THis is all great news lol. I was so afraid that he could suffer severe fatigue from a couple hours walk. Sounds like that is just fine with them though. I can't wait!
 

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Here in Wisconsin, footing is more of an issue than temperature most of the time. I didn't get my boy until early March, but this year we didn't get good footing until April. If you know any runners, I'd find out if there's a recreation trail they use that has good footing in the winter (most of ours are not maintained, and anything that's not paved or urban is a snowmobile trail in winter). The great thing about little guys is that you can play games inside to exercise them. Even our 40 lb. American Water Spaniel does some retrieving indoors in the winter.
 

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Rocky will happily walk 2 hours and we even went out for longer on some occasions. The only time he wont go outside is when it is raining. He simply hates it and I will literally have to drag him out of the door. He doesnt seem to mind snow though, as long as we keep moving!
 

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Fudge could go on forever! We went on a 7 mile walk a few weeks ago, and when we came back home he still had energy to play with my dads golden retriever :D

Edit: That being said, I don't do those walks too often. Normally we will go for 2 shorter walks and 2 "longer" (30-45 minutes) per day. :)
 

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I haven't been able to out walk Peetee yet. He comes with me mushroom hunting, fishing, or anything I'm doing outdoors and LOVES it! He will roll in poop if he finds it along the way, to cover his scent or for whatever reason he does it. That is always a fun ride home.

He loves to stalk and run through the woods. Rabbits and squirrels Beware!!! He has never tired out on me. As long as you have a water source of some kind for them to drink when they need to, I think you are good to go. You will wear out before they do in my experience.
 

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We like hiking too and have recently gone up a mountain twice with Pixel - she was on the lead but was still trying to pull forward on the way down and played with her toys all night at home too.

Usual walk is about an hour but we have been 3 - 4 hours before and she's absolutely fine with it.
 

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I know about the winters because I just live south of you. I just have little tennis balls that I throw down the hall for them to chase because I would not take mine out when it was minus 30 with a windchill of minus 45 and 4 feet of snow nor would they go out LOL.

We also have a over the shoulder bag if they by chance get tired on a walk since I have 2 larger dogs but its never been used.
 

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I have two Kyjen outwardhound backpack carriers that we use for our girls. They just love them and my hubby loves them to because they are very 'manly' :).
Our local pet store ordered one of them in for us and the other I ordered directly from the Kyjen website.
 

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My god! These puppies are amazing. When Lincoln was a puppy (he's a golden retriever) he were told short small walks ten min per month of age daily max until 1 year old...I'm assuming this does not apply to chi's?
 
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