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Old 01-02-2012, 04:12 PM
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Needs of a border collie/beagle mix?

Got a border collie/beagle mix about a week and a half ago. She's 10 months old & has got a great personality, I just have a few questions. Anyone know how much exercise these type of dogs need? Everywhere I read says something different, & a few more opinions can't hurt. I know they need "a lot", but that word is SO general! I usually walk about 2-3 miles on average per day. Some days its only 1-2 (if the weather completely sucks), & other days it can be 4-5. I also take her out to the backyard about 7 times a day for as long as it takes me to smoke a cigarette & chill for a few minutes. Does this seem like enough to meet at least this dog's minimum exercise requirements? She could walk all day, so she never seems "worn out". That's the first question.

Second, I plan on hitchhiking down the coast in a month or so & plan on taking my girl with me, how do you think a border collie/beagle mix would do on the road? (opinion, please. If you're just gonna bash me with "THAT'S CRUEL" without a sensible conversation, save it). We'll be doing a whole bunch of walking & all of my time will be with her, but do you think she'd get used to being outside all the time & chill out a little? Since she spends a good amount of her time inside now, when we go out she's always alert at sounds, smells, and moving things/people. I'm wondering if this might change with a few months living with me & sleeping with me wherever we end up?
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Beagles were bred for being able to go for long periods of time at their slower pace while tracking/finding their prey. Border collies are not only fast, but also have the endurance to work all day every day. Walking the 2-3 miles sounds decent, but if possible your pup probably needs/wants to run. Most people with a border collie or mix get involved in dog sports because it covers both the mental and physical job the dog needs. For most of those dogs walking is not enough.

If you can begin jogging with her, or maybe get her a dog back pack (starting light of course since she's still a pup) that could also help. If your girl seems satisfied with the amount of exercise, then I'd say you can keep it where it is. But any border collie mix I've ever known has always said yes to more.

And I think with positive reinforcement and patience on your part your dog will very easily adapt to following you where you go. If you're going to be outside for long periods, remember dogs smaller in size with shorter coats may need help staying warm (buying a dog coat or sweater for when it's cold). I wouldn't say it's cruel. Dogs are happiest with their people, and dogs love to walk. Remember though if you're doing a lot of walking to provide enough calories for your girl to maintain a healthy weight (especially in the colder months).
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She can ALWAYS keep going it seems like, but whenever we're at the house she's either fixated/chasing my roommate's cat or sitting around on the couch. But sometimes I can't tell if she's bored or tired I also play tug-of-war with her a few times a day and work on training a little here & there. She's my first dog that is solely MY dog so sometimes I can't tell if I'm doin' a good job.

And about the "cruel" statement: I only put that in because I know a lot of people think that a warm house & big backyard are crucial to a dog's happiness...which is funny because those things only make it harder for us to see who should have a dog and who shouldn't. When people see a homeless person or traveler with a dog, first thought is "oh THEY shouldn't be allowed to own a dog!"
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If I were to lose everything, my car and home that is, I would keep my dogs as long as you are caring for your dogs basic needs thats what matters

Beagles are scent hounds so we play hide and seek type games with my guy. Just hide treats and food and let him find it.
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For most border collies (and mixes) if they're bored... you'll know. They'll take up house remodeling or landscaping to entertain themselves. If you have a dog who seems content to relax on the couch when they aren't off doing other things (such as pestering a cat) then I'd say your dog is probably okay in the exercise department.

A warm house and a big yard certainly don't hurt, but they don't guarantee a good home. My only complaint or issue with someone without a residence having a dog is that the dog may or may not be getting all the proper vet care. But plenty of dogs in much more stable living conditions don't always get that either, so who am I to say anything. If you keep your dog fed, exercised, included in your life, and loved... then I don't have any complaints. Too many people with big houses and big yards that work 60-80 hours a week think just because of those two things their dogs will be happy. And it isn't true.
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