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Old 11-12-2017, 08:20 PM
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Young springer exercise

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My dog is very good most of the time, except sometimes on lead she will start pulling and biting it. I'm now wondering if she is not getting the exercise she needs. I've been giving her about half an hour of off leash time (playing fetch 60% and either sniffing around or running around the rest of the time) twice a day and then another 20 minutes walk in the evening. Some days she will get more exercise then this, but this is the baseline. We also do training sessions for 10-15 minutes a day (this is as long as she can be attentive for right now!) and stop in at the pet store a couple of times a week. Her recall is pretty terrible at the moment so off leash time is limited to certain areas that are fenced in or she is used to being in. Is there anything else I should be adding? Is this too little exercise? I've heard people do an hour three times a day but I'm worried about her developing joints (she's only 8 months). Thanks
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Springers are smart dogs, and like most smart dogs need to use their brains. Plus mentally exhausting them can be as simple as puzzle toys. I find that with smart dogs using their brain is a great way to tire them out, plus you get a break. There are a bunch of great puzzle toys out their. I personally like the Kong ones, I have an extreme chewer and they are hardy.

I have an Aussie and found at that age she needed a lot of activity. We did 2-4 walks a day about 20-30 minutes each, plus training time (10-15 minutes), and then about 1-2 puzzle toys with treats a day. This totally saved me from having a crazy dog.

It sounds like you are doing all the right things and if you are worried about her young joints and bones, I suggest talking with your vet and making a plan. It really helped me feel safe with the amount we exercised.
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Thanks for the response! I have bought some puzzle toys recently, and she really lives her treat ball. I also am feeding all meals either through her interactive toy or during a walk while training heel. Hopefully adding another walk each day will tire her out, and I also might add an extra training session.
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