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Old 07-09-2019, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm waiting for my standard poodle to arrive next month. I've always had smaller dogs that would do fine with a ~20 minute walk every day, or even just playing tug or fetch in the house for a while. I'm curious what to expect with a larger dog like a standard. How many miles/minutes of brisk walking does your average standard need to stay healthy and happy?
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Eric, I followed the Puppy Culture guidelines for my dogs. https://www.puppyculture.com/new-app...-exercise.html

Now that they are adults, they get the following. They free play in our large yard a couple of times a day, and then I either walk them to our neighborhood park and let them run free/fetch for about 30 min. or take them to the dog park for about 2 hours every day. Plus, they get several short training sessions per week if not in formal classes to keep their brains engaged.

If spoos receive the proper amount of exercise, both physical and mental, they are wonderfully calm in the house (past the age of 1, in my limited experience with my two). But if you don't meet their needs, they can be hell on wheels! Both of my dogs compete in sports and are very physically fit, so they might be a little more dog than the average spoo.
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Good question! I have a mini and made a mistake there at the beginning - underestimating that size difference makes a big difference. I am still in the camp that "a tired dog is a good dog" but I forgot that some dogs show that they are tired differently. So we were on the upper edge of the Puppy Culture guidelines - mileage wise - and the little mini was all guts and glory and go-go-go so we did our usual walks, which we had done for years with the big dogs. Low and behold Louie came down with a slight Luxating Patella, which his breeders quickly assured me was not running in their lines at all and was a growing and overexercising issue. The vet sided with them and we started taking it very easy. Walking often but much shorter distances and minding the pace - again according to the chart we were never over but it was too much for him at that time. So now 6 months later no more patella issues at all - whew! And the breeders and vet were completely correct - it was my fault overestimating his abilities.
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I think the 5 minutes per month of age, twice a day is a good rule of thumb to start with. My toys since they reached adulthood need around 1-1.5 hours/2-3 miles of off leash walking to keep them fit and happy, plus games, brain work, etc. On days when there is a lot happening a shorter walk may be in order, but much less and they are bouncing off the walls. If I had a young spoo I would definitely be reckoning on several hours a day of walks, outdoor play and training games - poodles are easily bored, and bored dogs find ways to amuse themselves, or get stressed. At the same time it is important to be careful about the type of exercise - any amount of gentle puppy noodling is excellent; excessive jumping or stairs or mountaineering may put too much stress on forming joints.
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I walked my 60 pound standard for 3 miles. Three miles for me, I don't know how many for him. Once I got out of town I let him off leash as we walked down a dirt road. He trotted thither and yon. If he got too far from me I'd call out "too far!" and he would lie in the shade of a tree and wait for me. We are talking a grown dog. If I kept him on leash I would not have been able to exercise him enough.

You can gauge a puppy's or dog's needs by observing when they decide to lie down. Puppies bounce around, then take a nap. Bounce around, then nap. Let the puppy decide how much is enough.
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My spoos get most of their exercise through brain games. We rarely walk in my neighborhood because of loose nasty dogs and a lack of sidewalks coupled to people who don't know what stop signs are for. There are many roads to tired dog is good dog land.
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My spoos get most of their exercise through brain games. We rarely walk in my neighborhood because of loose nasty dogs and a lack of sidewalks coupled to people who don't know what stop signs are for. There are many roads to tired dog is good dog land.
What types of games do you do? I want to do some combination of walks, play, dog park, and brain games. I won't have time to walk and play for hours every day, so I want some high bang-for-the-buck activities to keep her busy.
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"Find" is a good game. You hide an object and he goes looking for it. Can be done in the house or yard. Fetch is another, in house or outside. Working on obedience or a sport. A puzzle box, whatever they are called-- you put kibble in it and the dog pushes it around to get the kibble to fall out. Even border collies love it. You can do the same thing with a pop bottle, but I found the dog destroys the bottle.
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Well since I am older and have been having some difficulties walking lately I give my boy free play combined with training in our backyard. He does some good recalls then he gets to have his ball (his favorite) then he will run around with it. He was doing well at bringing it to me to toss but the last few days he wants me to chase after him. I won't. I am fairly new to positive training but Susan Garrett right now has her 4 mini free videos up on recoilers.com
Its pretty interesting to me and we are following her advice. It seems to be working some as making choices seems to make him tired and he is willing to just go lie down. Plus its a great way to really connect with your dog.
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Mufar I think you got a funny auto correct in there. recallers.com, not recoilers. Having a dog that recoiled from you wouldn't work too well, would it?
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