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Just a question for all of you with small dogs or experience with small dogs. What is a good distance to walk him or how long of a walk would you recommend? Many thanks
 

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It depends on the dog and its energy level. My papillon, Summer, needs at least 1 1/2 hours of walking or offleash exercise a day. Of course we've worked up to that, and she's an adult right now. I'd start slow and small and then work up. A lot of people don't walk their little dogs, but I find mine can keep up for a good amount of hiking. We've done 4 hour trips to the park, and I bring water and she's fine. Just like any other dog, they really seem to enjoy it.

If yours is a puppy, I'd do short little 15 minute (or 30 minute) walks for now, just to get them used to a leash. You don't want to do much heavy exercise until they get a bit older. Also, another good idea to do to get a small dog ready for a walk is to start puppy classes. Small dogs really benefit from being socialized and taken a lot of places (that allow dogs) as youngsters. The world is very big to them, so it's important to teach them that it's safe out there so they don't develop fear issues that many small dogs have.
 

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It depends on the dog and its energy level. My papillon, Summer, needs at least 1 1/2 hours of walking or offleash exercise a day. Of course we've worked up to that, and she's an adult right now. I'd start slow and small and then work up. A lot of people don't walk their little dogs, but I find mine can keep up for a good amount of hiking. We've done 4 hour trips to the park, and I bring water and she's fine. Just like any other dog, they really seem to enjoy it.

If yours is a puppy, I'd do short little 15 minute (or 30 minute) walks for now, just to get them used to a leash. You don't want to do much heavy exercise until they get a bit older. Also, another good idea to do to get a small dog ready for a walk is to start puppy classes. Small dogs really benefit from being socialized and taken a lot of places (that allow dogs) as youngsters. The world is very big to them, so it's important to teach them that it's safe out there so they don't develop fear issues that many small dogs have.
Thanks. Actually I walk him for a few minutes but he doesn't like to go far from the house. He got spooked by someone we passed with a REALLY squeeky wheelbarrow and so each day I now have to work up to adding a bit more distance to the walk...slowly with praise etc. He'll get there though. But he hates the spot where that incident happened! Also I like to take him to the beach and let him run to his little heart's content. Boy does he like that!

I wondered if taking him on a mile walk would be too much. I guess if I add up the amount of circles he runs and how many times he runs up an down the beach we'd be up at about a mile or so. I think that would be fine. But I have to gradually get him up to feeling comfortable to walk that far from the house. He's fine to go that far from the house if we take him in the golf cart (that's our form of transportation where we live:D) or if we carry him. Also we do socialize him with other dogs and people.

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I agree that it depends on the energy level and overall health. My female Sheltie has some hip problems so a 1 mile walk is about all she can handle. The key is making the destination really enjoyable, like the beach, that they can look forward to. For us, it's the local park with a creek a half mile away.
 

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I agree that it depends on the energy level and overall health. My female Sheltie has some hip problems so a 1 mile walk is about all she can handle. The key is making the destination really enjoyable, like the beach, that they can look forward to. For us, it's the local park with a creek a half mile away.
Thanks Tooney, And he sure does love that beach! We'll be going there after work:cool:
 
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