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HI, I am bringing home my new pup March 8th. I would like to start on the right foot. We don't have a yard. We live in a condo complex. I will be pee pee pad training her. I don't plan on walking her daily which is why I decided on this breed. I would like to give her indoor exercise and playtime. Please advice on how long you exercise your dogs and what kind of exercise. I have read lots of things about the Chi and that they don't need much. My pup should reach around 6 lbs. thanks.
 

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My dog is pee pad trained, but I still walk him every day usually around the block, then I play with him at night and he plays with the cat and runs through the house. It seems like -plemty if exercise. I want to make sure he doesen't get fat.
 

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when i took my little one to the vets she said i was to walk vet for 15-20 mins a day and have 'playtime' as a extra... :D

i walk mine for ALOT longer as i have a staffishiere bull terrior and i walk him about 2-3 hours a day and lola (my chihuahua) loves her walks but lets me no by jumping up at me that shes tired so she gets carryed a bit for a rest :)
 

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We live in a house with 3 floors so they have loads of time running about - apart from that lots and lots of playtime, with us and with each other (They are going mad right now!) Walks are happening more, but it's not for long and not many at the moment.
 

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At 6lb your Chihuahua will be a good sized little dog and will need more than the occasional walk outside. Personally I like to get my dogs out every day if I can as the mental stimulation of a good sniff and toddle about is essential for their mental and emotional well being.

I'm sure you will, but do keep in mind the importance of daily outdoor socialisation of puppies, even if you need to carry them initially. The first 12 weeks are the most important :)

Good luck with your puppy!
 

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A chihuahua is a dog. Dogs have an instinctual drive to patrol with their 'pack' aka you. This translates into modern terms as taking the dog for a walk. If you don't want to walk a dog get a cat... just don't get a Siamese, they think they are dogs when it suits them and it suits them when you leave them behind. :)

Yes, you can get by with not walking them everyday, but you will get more behavioral problems. They won't get enough mental or physical activity to help them be stable and happy. Even 20 minutes just around the block will help balance them out. They are small... but they are ACTIVE and small. :)

Mine gets 30 minutes to an hour.. depending on weather. And playtime as a plus on top of that... we play fetch and 'find the biscuit' and 'dog runs madly in circles barking while I point and laugh' and other stuff. If I don't get to walk her she gets tetchy and misbehavior is had. IE she barks madly at nothing lots.... and your dog will be bigger then mine... so yup.

@ shawtiee I get that sometimes if we have gone to one of the bigger parks around here. I never thought of her trying to say she was getting bushed... :( I will have to see if she wants held next time she does that.
 

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I find that they sleep so well and are so settled after a walk. Coco is only 4 lbs. but I walk her little butt off. She loves it. Than we both need a nice, long nap together. She's in better shape than Mommy.

P.S. I have to keep myself busy so i'm jumpin in on some conversation!!!!!!
 

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I find that they sleep so well and are so settled after a walk. Coco is only 4 lbs. but I walk her little butt off. She loves it. Than we both need a nice, long nap together. She's in better shape than Mommy.

P.S. I have to keep myself busy so i'm jumpin in on some conversation!!!!!!
(It's a boring evening here too, heh.)

Walking the dog has helped me loose a few.. so that is a nice side effect. :D Kali is between 3-4 pounds. I thought she was heavier... but not compared to a 5 pound barbel. She loves the walking. Then she sleeps oh so nicely. And is good... and quiet... ahhh :)
 

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Good post katsrevenge :)
Generalising here...I believe a lot of behavioural problems in dogs is a result of a lack of exercise. Of course there is more to it than simply that, but a well exercised dog is a happy dog and more amenable to training and as Robin has said, more settled in the home.

Unless there are real reasons not to, a daily walk is, or should be part of all dogs routine. There are days mine don't get one, I'll be honest...but it's what we aim for :)

Just my thoughts!
 

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i would always walk a chihuahua, everyone see's them picked up and taken everywhere and nows our chance to put them on the floor :D
 

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i would always walk a chihuahua, everyone see's them picked up and taken everywhere and nows our chance to put them on the floor :D
Good for you :)

I only carry mine in my arms if is a safety is an issue. Otherwise they walk everywhere...they are after all dogs ;)

Barbara x
 

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Hmmm i chose a chi because i live in an apartment and have no garden i also walk badly with a limp so cannot walk far. I do walk dodge but not everyday and never far he dosent seem to mind he is as happy as larry indoors and completly diffrent out . I think hes attitde to the out doors is because i hate seeing big dogs off a leasd with dodge around and i get nervouse , he does play in my mothers garden every other day
 

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People always think Chis don't need much excersise,they do otherwise they will become destructive and bored.Mine can walk for miles .
 

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I walk mine for at least an hour or so every day, unless its raining and even then, I sometimes put Kobi on the Treadmill. We also have long play sessions in the evening, playing fetch, etc. to tire them out for bed time. I really notice a difference in behaviour on the days we don't go for a walk, with Kobi especially, he becomes extremely bratty without that stimulation. Just running around in the backyard doesn't seem to be enough.
 

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I walk mine for at least an hour or so every day, unless its raining and even then, I sometimes put Kobi on the Treadmill. We also have long play sessions in the evening, playing fetch, etc. to tire them out for bed time. I really notice a difference in behaviour on the days we don't go for a walk, with Kobi especially, he becomes extremely bratty without that stimulation. Just running around in the backyard doesn't seem to be enough.
Sounds as though they have great fun :)

Some people forget that dogs really do need the mental stimulation of a nice walk. Just like bigger dogs they enjoy exploring their territory.

It's unfair to keep a dog cooped up in the house all the time. Mine love the local park, beach, coastal parks and days out in the country. When I get their leaders etc out, they go :foxes_207:


Barbara x
 

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princess- If she's always on the go and hardly sleeps then I'd like to state the opposite, that running around the house isn't near enough for her. Just a thought that popped into me as soon as I read what you wrote.

Rosiesmum I totally agree, it's so unfare not to walk your dog, no matter what breed. They need exercise and mental training everyday! Mine walk in rain, snow and wind storms! My oldest Gucci doesn't really care for bad weather but he gets over his grumpiness when we get going:)

To the origanal question, what we teach puppy buyers and a good rule of thumb is the first few months it's plenty to pee and go in. (see that you are pad training but anyways) Just short short walks, puppies take in everything and they don't know there limits. When the puppy gets about 5 months or so you can go longer and longer to be able to take as long of walks as you like at about 6 months. Puppies get easily overstimulated.
I walk my dogs miles! Probably about 3-4 when we go for our long walks, they love it! Everybody I know that has chihuahuas over here does the same! They are dogs and can walk. I poop them out and we all feel great when we get back. Some days I'm better than others for sure, in the cold rain I don't take the long long walks but we go out and run in the garden several times a day and always at least on good long walk. Good luck with your new baby!!
 
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