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Old 05-20-2010, 07:16 PM
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How much exercise for a 5 month old?

How much exercise should a 5 month old medium-sized breed dog be getting?

Currently he gets two twenty minute runs a day, unlimited outside/inside playtime, and a few sessions of fetch a day for physical activity. He gets three five minute obedience sessions a day for mental stimulation. I’ve also been trying to teach him games of “find it” but he thinks finding stuff is not amusing.

Is this too much? I wouldn’t mind cutting it back but I rather like a tired Mayday.

Speaking of a tired Mayday - I just back from our night run and both dogs are passed out. And I'm exhausted too! I get to run twice as much taking them each out separately.
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I think thats perfect. he is a bully breed and will be more bulky than thin/slender so IMO the exercise is good for him. He looks amazing in his photos so I dont see why that would be too much. Also he would let you know when he is too tired. I typically do the training for about 5-10 mins each day, will go longer if anybody is paying attention LOL
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:29 PM
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Oh good! I just didn't want to stress his growing body. He is our first puppy so we're trying to monitor his exercise.

Haha! I totally get the "if they pay attention". I swear I'm talking to myself half the time.
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I hear ya on the exercise... I would maybe do a jog then a walk? Unless he still seems ready to go after both jogs. Another thing you can do is massage his legs and whatnot...may sound silly, not sure if it makes a huge difference but think of how relaxed your muscles feel after a massage. I just gently rub the legs and necks of my dogs when we are laying together watching tv or when they settle down for bed (yes I have 4 big boys who sleep in bed with my BF and I) LOL
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He wants to run. I'd love to take a quiet, slow walk But he goes out and is ready to go, so we run. It's far from a hard run. I might switch to a morning run and an evening walk.

I don't know how you do that! We work hard to fit the four of us in bed. Comes out to be husband gets half the bed and me & the boys split my half into thirds.
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I don't know how you do that! We work hard to fit the four of us in bed. Comes out to be husband gets half the bed and me & the boys split my half into thirds.
LOL Same here, the bf is always comfy and sprawled out. We have a California King bed...HUGE and the boys sleep at my feet (I am shorter so there is more room there) and between the two of us. Normally one or two end up on the floor throughout the night but sometimes that does not happen
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sounds ok to me, the only concern with those young/growing bones is a lot of impact, be careful of lots of heavy, all-out running and jumping until he is a year old... what you are doing so far sounds good...
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Perfect, thanks! We go at his pace and walk when he wants to walk.

Haha, we have a queen bed. I want a California king, we could be comfy on that.
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How much exercise should a 5 month old medium-sized breed dog be getting?

Currently he gets two twenty minute runs a day, unlimited outside/inside playtime, and a few sessions of fetch a day for physical activity. He gets three five minute obedience sessions a day for mental stimulation. I’ve also been trying to teach him games of “find it” but he thinks finding stuff is not amusing.

Is this too much? I wouldn’t mind cutting it back but I rather like a tired Mayday.

Speaking of a tired Mayday - I just back from our night run and both dogs are passed out. And I'm exhausted too! I get to run twice as much taking them each out separately.
have you ever considered getting one of these. you can run them together

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My dogs love it and you can run them as long as they will pull. I go to the parks and use the cement paths and we fly. It is fun for both dogs and humans.
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I would totally pay to watch someone else hook the two boys up and ride along. =) As how much easier it would be to walk the two of them together, we would rather not take the chances. Gunner has a tendency to try and kill kitties and squirrels and when he focuses he goes into tunnel vision. Mayday wants to say hello to everything he comes across - leaves, dogs, kitties, people, trees - he’s pretty indiscriminate with his love.

Mayday got a lesson today on Mommy is walking so puppy is walking.
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