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Old 07-16-2012, 11:06 AM
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How far can my dog walk???

Hey guys...

I have a 5 month old scottie and next month we are gonna have all day together as my kids are in school. Usually when we walk it is around 1/2 mile-1 mile....he's short legged, black, and it's the dead of summer. Some days are nice enough to go in the evening though.

I'd like to start walking him in the morning when I drop the kids off at 8 am. How far can I reasonably expect him to go round trip?
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It depends on how hot and humid it is in the morning, how acclimated he is to the heat, and how shady the route is.

Shadow used to be solid black, his coat is long and it's a double coat, he has very short legs at the shoulders he's around 1 1/2'. He was used to hot humid weather and did fine with a 1/2 mile walk in the shade. I did have to be careful not to go to far with him because he was very hyper and would have kept going till he dropped from heat exhaustion.

I think your pup would be fine with a 1/2 mile walk, when it gets cooler you can walk him farther. I'd stop at the halfway point to give him water and a short break.
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so is it out of the question to talk 1.5 to 2.5 miles if I take a water/rest break with him every 3/4 mile or so? There is a fence line across from school and it should be pretty shaded. He really seems to like being outside...My first dog liked it for a few minutes then barked to be let in. He will ask to go outside and not ask to come back in. He likes to go communicate with a neighbor dog through a fence, dig under a tree, and sniff around my shed (we have lots of cold blooded animals that live under or around it). It is pretty shaded where he stays though.
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It really depends on how cool it is in the mornings, just how used to the heat he is, and how used to long walks he is.

Around here by 8am it's starting to heat up, by 9am it can be pushing 90 degrees and it's starting to get to hot for a dog to be walking. I don't know what the temperature is like where you are, if the mornings are cooler then where I am then you may be alright but personally I wouldn't push it over a mile till after summer.

Maybe you can break the walk up into 2, one in the morning and another in the evening?
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