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Old 12-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many minutes / hours do you exercise your poodle each day? My Spoo is two and a half years of age and does very well with two to three hours of exercise each day! Is this normal for a poodle?
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Sounds about right for a standard! My toy gets arond an hour and a half of off leash walking a day - more if it ever stops raining.
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We try to average 3 hours a day. Mental exercise & classes are included in that time. If Dancer gets close to that she is happy, otherwise you can see that she gets restless although her indoors manners are impeccable. Ideally that includes some off leash time. She does need to run & we are lucky to have lots of parks & woods around.
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Louie is a real gentleman in the house but has more energy than an Irish Setter outside! I think that I am going to "up" the mental exercise and begin an advanced obedience class as soon as possible. Doggie Day Care works well but I think that you helped me focus in the right direction---mental exercise! Thank you. HerdingStdPoodle
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My two spoos get a hour and half walk and short play times off leash to run around the house everyday. I take them out to play at least 4 times a day, but not for more than 10 mins . Inside they are very quiet and just lay around and sleep. Carley is 8 and Stella is 2.
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ummmm my girl gets out in the yard about 1 hour a day on average... runs around with the other girls.
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Ralph will turn two in July. He gets 30-40 minutes in the morning before work, power walking (almost a jog for me). Then we run for an hour in the evenings after work, or if we are walking- about an hour and ahalf. We play fetch outside everyday for at least 30 minutes. Dog daycare one day a week and dog park for an all out run-a-thon 2-3 times a week. In addition to this we play mental games like "find me" and work on obedience commands. He's settled down a lot from this time last year!
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You are absolutely the perfect owner for Ralph! It's encouraging to hear your progress.... Way to go and thanks for posting!

What really helped my Louie was increasing the amount of mental stimulation by a ton! On the Poodle Forum, I learned about the value of mental games / toys---plus, like you and Ralph, we've really worked on obedience commands and classes. HerdingStdPoodle
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Wow, I'm such a lazy mom compared to y'all! Mine get a 45 min (approximately) fast walk in the evening and some off leash time in the yard. We try to go to the park weekly for a good 1-2 hour run, and then I also play ball with Raven and Trev some days. I find that them being with me at the shop is quite stimulating and they don't need as much exercise during the week, they mostly want to nap when we get home.
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I think standards are mostly pretty flexible. Mine will sleep a lot when I can't get them out much, and will go for miles and miles when we can.
Jack and I go up the ridge behind our house (about 800' vertical) every other day with packs. I take 20# or so, and Jack takes 4-5#. He doesn't just run around, like most dogs. He won't play ball, or run ahead/ run back like most. So, I'm working on his strength with the pack. My wife takes him for an hour or two of slow running every day I don't take him.
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