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Old 05-08-2012, 04:19 PM
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Amount of exercise

Hi - phew I'm glad of this forum, I have soooo many questions! The latest question is regarding exercise now my Jessie can go outside. I know the standard advice is 5mins per month of age, give or take a bit for energy level and size etc (so in Jessie's case will be 20 mins) but is this for the whole day or each walk?! Am currently doing 2 very short walks a day of about 10 mins (to do lead training - look like an idiot!) and then spend about an hour in the park - but only about 20mins is walking/running the rest is training, sitting and meeting other pooches! Jessie is tired at the end of each walk but after an hour sleep or so is back to being manic! She's only sleeping about an extra hour a day...is this ok? she's a collie x springer so has high energy...

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My best advice is to just pay attention to your puppy when you're out. If you see her fading, call it quits (really, try to quit before the fade but you might not catch it in time). Don't go out determined to accomplish x amount of minutes or x miles. If you feel like she's crashing too hard or gets into that "energetic exhausted" phase, you've probably overdone it, so just cut back a bit next time. So long as you're not forcing her to overwork, you should be fine. It's just so variable that it's not going to be accurate to say she needs x amount of exercise.

Also, soft surfaces are best, so the park is good! Anytime you can let your puppy exercise herself off lead is great! That way, she doesn't feel compelled to follow/keep up.

Because where is just as important as how much, here's some info on hd, which both breeds of your pup's mix can get. I have hunting breeds also prone to hd and have never been fond of exercising the young ones on sidewalks or paved surfaces. "The opportunity to exercise daily in parks up until the age of three months reduced the risk of HD, whereas the daily use of steps during the same period increased the risk. Overall, it would appear that daily exercise out in gently undulating terrain up until the age of three months gives a good prognosis when it comes to preventing HD" and "Varied exercise had a positive effect and dogs that exercised on a daily basis on a lead and running free in different types of terrain were free of symptoms longer than dogs that were less active." From A number of environmental factors can affect the incidence of hip dysplasia in dogs

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Many thanks (sorry for delay in thanks - internet has been down!) She has settled into a good routine at the park of: walking with me on leash in the woody bits that are great fun to sniff, off lead play where we end up doing little sprints up and down, again and again) then a slow pace sniffing session by the stream, a little break for 10/15 mins by the pond where we usually end up chatting to other dogs so she can play with them, then an attempt at training known commands (no interest in this at all at the moment lol) then she is ready for home and practically drags me back to the car park, jumps into the car and falls asleep! Bless her she is such a little creature of habit!

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