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Hi All,

Thought I would ask what everyone's exercise regieme is with their Chi/Chis?

I only have puppies so I'm interested to know how different adult Chi's energy levels are and also what you guys do in summer vs winter.

I have a 5 month old and a 15 week old. On work days we do a 15-20 minute lap of the neighbourhood in the morning (some days we're slower as they don't like to walk in the cold) and a 20-30 minute walk in the park with some off leash time in the evening. If it's raining we just play fetch indoors but little Chloe is quite lazy and tends to just want to sit in my lap and watch Axle fetch. On weekends we tend to do just 1 longer walk per day of 45 mins+. Sometimes Chloe will need to be carried for 5 mins to have a rest but she lets me know when she wants to be down again so she can play and explore.
 

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I have a huge backyard. I just let them into it three times a day and they all exercise themselves.
 

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Hubby gets up at 4am to take out Chanel on a on-leash walk/run for 40minutes.
Then during lunch time at 12, Chanel is walked 30 minutes.
At 4:30pm she's walked 1.5 hours.
And at 8pm she's walked 1.5 hours.

Once she's fully grown and stronger she'll go on for longer like my Basenji boys, which is for a total of 6-7 hours per day.

We also play and train a lot at home.

I am a firm believer in exercise and good nutrition. A tired dog is a happy dog.
I don't see the Chihuahua as an accessory or toy or anything like that, she's treated as a big girl and she loves it.
 

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Wow, Chanel is one fit girl! Totally agree that a tired dog is a good dog. My house will be destroyed when I get home tonight because we skipped this morning's walk due to rain.
People don't belive me that 1kg 15 week old Chloe happily walks for 2km but i've worked her up to it from just up and down the driveway at 8 weeks old and now she's fit. It has helped with her weight too as she gave a whole new meaning to 'puppy fat' when we got her - she was almost double the weight of some of her litter mates and had the same silhouette as the bulldog puppy in her puppy school class (no neck, big pot belly). Now she actually goes in at the hips instead of looking like an overstuffed sausage.
 

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Exactly Sarah, little by little you help build up their endurance. If your dogs have
no medical issues that may slow them down they will be as active as you let
them. All dogs love walks, all dogs love nature, all dogs love bonding time with
their owner. I've never had problems with dogs being destructive in my home,
not with my dogs or my rescues, they are all too tired lol. Playing with each
other also helps and keeping them mentally stimulated with training and games
also plays a huge role.

Your two already look bigger in your avatar, you should post some recent pics, I'd love to see! :)
 

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wow, LS...you have one fit Chihuahua!! Its worth noting that not all Chihuahuas can manage that much activity.Adam will happily do about 5 miles a day but more then that and he gets grumpy and too tired.:rolleyes:

Mine are 3.5yrs and 2.5yrs. We do anything from a 30 min road walk to a 90 min road/field/park walk in the morning.
Then usually a 30 min road walk in the evening, although if my mind wanders it can be an hour!!LOL
Sometimes we go out for a long walk (so 3-4 hours) but then we cut back the exercise the next day.

It always amazes me that people think Chihuahuas can barely manage to walk to the end of their block without collapsing!
 

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as I sit here drinking my coffee I suddenly feel like the laziest forum member here :nshocked2:
hahha.. well you are not alone my friend!! LOL

I let mine out into the fenced in area 2x a day for about an hour. I take my laptop and my coffee and sit on the carport and watch them. We do walks on the weekends but they are short just for somewhere different for the chis to go.
 

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hahha.. well you are not alone my friend!! LOL
^ :eek:ccasion5:

We have a huge fenced in yard that is a bit swampy because this is the most unusual PA winter I have ever been through... Can't express how great I look in those fierce thinsulate boots and shorts out there when we do get out.

She comes to the office with me daily and gets her rest so her and the cat can go nuts in the evening. And once her and the cat have their go everyone in the house usually takes her for a bit, just because I want her to love all her people opposed to the one she spends her day with.

Once things tighten up in the yard a bit we'll be out & into things more than we are now, but with that I have a nice little setup on the patio that involves a shaded area for my pc, a comfy spot to read my kindle and an area dedicated to hold my favorite glass Helen Reddy ;) (called Kindle Island)& it would be a real shame almost criminal to ignore those areas.

Hoping we registered in time for the next Kinder Puppy class so I can get her around some other dogs that aren't in the family or the neighbors to start fine tuning the obedience skills I am working on with her, but rusty at teaching. If nothing else it'll be a night out for her, me and my daughter, which will be nice.

But I am no Jane Fonda ~ just putting that out there...:peacewink:
 

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You know ladies, obviously endless hours of walks are not always necessary.
This is just a way of life for our gang, we love the outdoors, and since
we live in a small condo we take advantage as much as possible. Hubby
and I both revolve our lives around our three dogs, we do almost everything
together and would not have it any other way, we just love it. Hubby even
switched carriers so he could be close to home and be able to walk the pack
on his lunch hour. We are just dog crazy,lol. We also rescue, and most times
outside walking is the best activity for a neglected or troubled dog, we walk
we work on commands, we enjoy the view and have fun. I think if we could
we'd live outside,lol. But for "normal" people,lol, I think it's important to keep
in mind that just because a dog is small does not mean they don't need exercise.
Every dog is different, every one has different needs, so figure out what makes
your pooch happy and do your best to provide that amount of exercise for him/her.
 

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LS ~ I think how you guys go about it is very cool & I am a bit envious. But not ambitious enough to go balls out like that ;)
 

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Haha, it helps to have a hubby who's into hiking and camping.
It wasn't always like that you know, hubby used to be a heavy smoker and could
barely go up a hill without huffing and puffing. Once I got him to quit, he got
into the outdoors a bit more with me, but still enjoyed other activities. Once I
got ill and had trouble keeping up my walking regimen, he started to take over
for me and help a lot with our dogs and rescues. Once he invested himself more
into it he became super obsessed with the outdoors and anything to do with
hiking. Now we don't even watch tv or go out, just walk. For me it isn't always
easy because I'm in 24/7 pain due to my bladder illness, but when I can't go
hubby goes, or we take out the wheelchair even and the gang tries to keep up
with me,lol. I'm a country girl at heart, I would get extremely depressed if I
could not walk at all anymore. The condo might be nice and cozy, but it still
feels like a prison if I'm in here too long. Not to mention the pups are now spoiled
and would probably go mad if I took away their routine. I should mention too that
the main reason we started these long walks is because we have the bad boy
of all breeds, the Basenji, they are wild and crazy, they NEED this in order to
be good dogs, you can take the Basenji out of the wild, but you can't take
the wild out of the Basenji,lol. Chanel just happens to benefit from us having
such active dogs. Funny thing she loves jogging, which I can not offer to her
since I'm hurt. But hubby goes jogging with her and he says she's a better
jogging partner then our boys, because unlike the hunting Basenjis who love
squirrels and birds, she focuses on running only. Now that it's freezing here I
always dress her, but even with her pink or leopard coat on hubby still takes
her running. Can you imagine how funny it must look to people? A 6.2 foot guy
running with a tiny dog in a pink sweater,lol. I love him, he's so awesome. :)
 

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You know ladies, obviously endless hours of walks are not always necessary.
This is just a way of life for our gang, we love the outdoors, .
Im betting you have some nice scenery to enjoy with all that time in the outdoors, LS??;)
I think Id enjoy walking more with my lot if I didnt live in a grotty town, far away from any countryside.
 

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LS, I am so sorry you are in pain all the time. I did not know this! :(
Not to be nosy or intrude but what is wrong with your bladder?
I will be adding you dear to my prayer list!! What a sweet husband you have!!! :) That is quite a precious mental picture you described. lol So glad he has stopped that bad habit and gotten himself healthy. What a fighter!
 

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Im betting you have some nice scenery to enjoy with all that time in the outdoors, LS??;)
I think Id enjoy walking more with my lot if I didnt live in a grotty town, far away from any countryside.
I WISH!!!
But no, I live 10 minutes from downtown. Surrounded by car dealerships, busy
roads and warehouses. So not much of a scenery. :rolleyes: BUT there is a
mountain not far, about an hour walk from here, it is beautiful there and you
can see the entire city from the top. My dream would be to live in the
countryside. :)


LS, I am so sorry you are in pain all the time. I did not know this! :(
Not to be nosy or intrude but what is wrong with your bladder?
I will be adding you dear to my prayer list!! What a sweet husband you have!!! :) That is quite a precious mental picture you described. lol So glad he has stopped that bad habit and gotten himself healthy. What a fighter!

Darn now I feel like I'm hijacking the thread with my life,lol. SORRY.

Cheryl, don't be sorry and don't feel bad for me please.
I have a severe case of Interstitial Cystitis. Basically, my bladder does not
have the same mucus type protection as a normal bladder, so it is exposed
to everything harmful, such as acid for example. My bladder is covered in
scars and ulcers, it is inflamed. No one knows what caused this, I was healthy
my entire life. I am in 24/7 pelvic and vaginal pain. I also have 24/7 urge to
urinate, it is strong and never goes away. I have to urinate every 15 minutes,
I can hold it a bit longer but then the pain gets worse. Walking is difficult,
running is impossible. There are days that I can not get out of bed and hubby
has to carry me to the bathroom. Most days though I fight it and try my best
to not let it rule my life. I also vomit daily, the doctors guess it's from lack of
sleep, I only get about 2-3 hours per night. I have vaginal bleeding, and other
annoying symptoms as well. There is no cure, but not all have this as severe
as I do and can usually cope. There are treatments, surgeries and drugs that
are supposed to help deal with the pain, but in my case they all failed. Actually
some intravesical treatments actually hurt me more. There was a time when
I was going through a lot of procedures, it got so bad that I could not walk at
all, we got a wheelchair, but even sitting in it was unbearable. During that time
I only went to the hospital and back, I lived in my bed and watched the seasons
go by. I now stopped all medical treatments and have a very strict diet,
that eliminates all of the acid or heavy foods. I do not eat meat, fruit,
juice, coffee, pasta, soups, obviously junk foods, etc. Basically anything that can
hurt my bladder more. I also work hard on my mental strength everyday,
and push myself to live and be happy. Every day is a struggle, but I'm kind
of used to "tough love" from life, so every obstacle I see as an opportunity.
 

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Cheryl, don't be sorry and don't feel bad for me please.
I have a severe case of Interstitial Cystitis. Basically, my bladder does not
have the same mucus type protection as a normal bladder, so it is exposed
to everything harmful, such as acid for example. My bladder is covered in
scars and ulcers, it is inflamed. No one knows what caused this, I was healthy
my entire life. I am in 24/7 pelvic and vaginal pain. I also have 24/7 urge to
urinate, it is strong and never goes away. I have to urinate every 15 minutes,
I can hold it a bit longer but then the pain gets worse. Walking is difficult,
running is impossible. There are days that I can not get out of bed and hubby
has to carry me to the bathroom. Most days though I fight it and try my best
to not let it rule my life. I also vomit daily, the doctors guess it's from lack of
sleep, I only get about 2-3 hours per night. I have vaginal bleeding, and other
annoying symptoms as well. There is no cure, but not all have this as severe
as I do and can usually cope. There are treatments, surgeries and drugs that
are supposed to help deal with the pain, but in my case they all failed. Actually
some intravesical treatments actually hurt me more. There was a time when
I was going through a lot of procedures, it got so bad that I could not walk at
all, we got a wheelchair, but even sitting in it was unbearable. During that time
I only went to the hospital and back, I lived in my bed and watched the seasons
go by. I now stopped all medical treatments and have a very strict diet,
that eliminates all of the acid or heavy foods. I do not eat meat, fruit,
juice, coffee, pasta, soups, obviously junk foods, etc. Basically anything that can
hurt my bladder more. I also work hard on my mental strength everyday,
and push myself to live and be happy. Every day is a struggle, but I'm kind
of used to "tough love" from life, so every obstacle I see as an opportunity.
I cannot imagine this ! :( I am so so sorry. I wonder what caused that. It seems so strange. I will be praying for you dear!!!!
You are my new Hero!!! What an amazing and strong person you are! Wow!!! :sunny: :queen: :thumbup: :toothy2:
 

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Darn now I feel like I'm hijacking the thread with my life,lol. SORRY.

Cheryl, don't be sorry and don't feel bad for me please.
I have a severe case of Interstitial Cystitis. Basically, my bladder does not
have the same mucus type protection as a normal bladder, so it is exposed
to everything harmful, such as acid for example. My bladder is covered in
scars and ulcers, it is inflamed. No one knows what caused this, I was healthy
my entire life. I am in 24/7 pelvic and vaginal pain. I also have 24/7 urge to
urinate, it is strong and never goes away. I have to urinate every 15 minutes,
I can hold it a bit longer but then the pain gets worse. Walking is difficult,
running is impossible. There are days that I can not get out of bed and hubby
has to carry me to the bathroom. Most days though I fight it and try my best
to not let it rule my life. I also vomit daily, the doctors guess it's from lack of
sleep, I only get about 2-3 hours per night. I have vaginal bleeding, and other
annoying symptoms as well. There is no cure, but not all have this as severe
as I do and can usually cope. There are treatments, surgeries and drugs that
are supposed to help deal with the pain, but in my case they all failed. Actually
some intravesical treatments actually hurt me more. There was a time when
I was going through a lot of procedures, it got so bad that I could not walk at
all, we got a wheelchair, but even sitting in it was unbearable. During that time
I only went to the hospital and back, I lived in my bed and watched the seasons
go by. I now stopped all medical treatments and have a very strict diet,
that eliminates all of the acid or heavy foods. I do not eat meat, fruit,
juice, coffee, pasta, soups, obviously junk foods, etc. Basically anything that can
hurt my bladder more. I also work hard on my mental strength everyday,
and push myself to live and be happy. Every day is a struggle, but I'm kind
of used to "tough love" from life, so every obstacle I see as an opportunity.[/QUOTE]


This sounds something like what my sister in law is dealing with and at 40 is trying to do everything to not have her bladder removed. My heart goes out to you.

As for exercise Winter is not kind here in Alberta so the dogs play lots in the house and backyard if its mild. In the Summer it is a daily walk.
 

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LS....sorry to hear you have to deal with all that. You have a very good attitude though and are always so encouraging. I really enjoy reading your posts on here...and seeing all the cute dog clothes!!

Great to see you have such a sweet hubby and your little furry buddies to keep you in good spirits! I said a quick prayer for you and will continue to pray. :)
 

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I cannot imagine this ! :( I am so so sorry. I wonder what caused that. It seems so strange. I will be praying for you dear!!!!
You are my new Hero!!! What an amazing and strong person you are! Wow!!! :sunny: :queen: :thumbup: :toothy2:
Oh cut it out you! :daisy:
Thank you, you are so sweet, I appreciate your words. :)


This sounds something like what my sister in law is dealing with and at 40 is trying to do everything to not have her bladder removed. My heart goes out to you.

As for exercise Winter is not kind here in Alberta so the dogs play lots in the house and backyard if its mild. In the Summer it is a daily walk.
I'm really sorry to hear that. I wish her well.
And thank you for your compassion.


LS....sorry to hear you have to deal with all that. You have a very good attitude though and are always so encouraging. I really enjoy reading your posts on here...and seeing all the cute dog clothes!!

Great to see you have such a sweet hubby and your little furry buddies to keep you in good spirits! I said a quick prayer for you and will continue to pray. :)
Everything happens for a reason. The way I see it is... I hurt because I'm
alive. I'm thankful to be a part of this world and I will keep on enjoying it as
much as I can, even through tears and pain. Thank you for being so good to
me, and for praying. I think it is a beautiful thing that even though we are all
strangers on this forum, we can still relate to one another, care about one
another and be kind. That's what it's all about, if everyone treated others the
way they want to be treated the world would be an even better place.
 
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