How many times you walk your dog and for how long?

@Lisander (273)
Armenia
December 19, 2010 4:04pm CST
We have a dog and walk it tree times a day. Recently it had become problematic, i want to know how many time a day do you walk your dog. for how long each time? I am even considering to changing where i live. Can you give any advises?
4 responses
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
19 Dec 10
Hello Lisander and welcome to myLot. I also walk my dog three times a day. Knowing that a tired dog is a happy dog, I spend as much time I can for walking and playing with my dog. I walk her one hour in the morning, before I leave to the office; 90 minutes in the afternoon, when I return home from work; almost 30 minutes in the evening, before going to sleep. I don't know what suggestion to give you, as I don't know anything about your dog. The dog's need to exercise depends a lot of the dog's breed, size and age. A Chihuahua doesn't need as much exercise as a Border Collie does, as well as the energy of a puppy can't be consumed like an older dog's energy. Why don't you tell us more about your dog, I'd be glad to hear about him (her?).
@Lisander (273)
• Armenia
19 Dec 10
Hello inu1711. Thank you for your respond)) It's really great that you find the time and love your dog so much to have so much time with him. I think all the dogs must get that from their owners. I myself love my dog very much, but resently, when he became bigger, we got some problems. We have a dalmatian, it's a 1.5 year old very active boy and likes to run and play, but the problem is, we live in the center of the town, it's just - we have nowhere to walk with him. The parks are closed for him, and that lefts only the streets. Some people don't like dogs, some get afraid or don't like when they walk where they are. And he is really friendly, when someone walks near him, he tries to great them by putting his foots on their knee. Some pet and go, some become upset. I don't know what to do. He needs to walk, he is very active, and I tried to take him out really late, but people look strange when on late night you walk with a dog(probably because I am young women), and some men come near and say something not very courteous, it's late night and not all people out there are good. The dog thinks they are a threat and tries to drive them away by jumping them and barking, I always hold him - and they complain loudly when they are the once that specially come near us in late night to say something rude. I am sorry for such complaining, but I guess I don't know what to do. I was enjoying walking him when he was small, and everyone was ok with him, and now I always must be on alert and be quick when walking him. The dog is really sad when when we cut our walks short, and I always come home upset and with a headache.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
20 Dec 10
I know how sad it is not to have a proper place to take your dog for a dogs' play. We don't have a doggie park in my town either. And the authorities forbiden dogs' access in public parks. Fortunatelly we have a lot of forests near the town, and we often go hiking in the woods. You really have a problem with an young, active dog like a Dalmatian and no place for running and playing. You can stick to the walkings on the streets, but maybe you will try to make at least one of them a little longer. Sometimes a proper half hour walk can tired a dog even more than a play session with another dog. By "proper walk" I ment a walk in a rapid pace, with the dog near your knee. You must not stop for him to sniff every bush, dog or person you meet. When you go outside, let him do his duties, then start the walk. Choose a distant place to reach and don't stop until you're there. Keep him on a short leash and don't let him walk in front of you. The correct position is near your knee or behind you. Maybe you can take him somewhere outside the town, at least once a week, during weekends. It would be a pitty to deprive him of the joy of running free. Sometimes, when the weather is rainy, I take my dog to a schoolyard, where she can play and run free. Do you think you can find such a place in your town?
@Lisander (273)
• Armenia
20 Dec 10
I didn't know that. I always let him lose on his 5 meter leash so that he will walk more running this way and that way. I will try to do it your way. Walk with him in fast pace. He just waits until we are walking for 45 minutes before he does his things. And he wants to mark every three in every few paces. But I guess he will do without it. When I walk like you said, he doesn't even enjoy walking, he likes to be lose on a long leash so that he will explore. But you are right, he seems more subdued later. I didn't know the coordinate position is near knee or behind me, he alway is way ahead of me and is pulling me after him too and jerking the leash all the time. Maybe this way it will get better. Thank you for sharing that.
@Ladida (17)
• United States
20 Dec 10
I tend to walk my dog about 3 times a day as well. However, we only usually take him out for about 5 minutes or less, enough for him to do his "duties" Once in a blue moon we will go for a long walk, probably a couple blocks or more. Lately, we haven't had time for this, however. Sad really, because my dog really loves to go out for walks; he simply enjoys it.
@Lisander (273)
• Armenia
20 Dec 10
Oh, 5 minutes? how did you get him to do his "duties";) in 5 minutes. Our dog walks for 45 minutes before ehm that. Just today my sister took him out for half an hour and no luck. After two hours he put quite a show so I took him out for a walk again, in the late night. And all for nothing- he just wanted to run!
• India
13 Mar 11
I walk my dog for 1 hour everyday.The problem I have is similar to you.Here in my place people dont walk their dogs at all.They put their dogs on chain for the whole day and unleash them on their yard at night.So I think i am the only one who walks my dog.If i do that during day time people will stare at me,even though i am a male..lol.So I get up at 4.30 in the morning and walk my dog till 5.30-6 so that people are busy with their morning walks and not bother about staring at us. I don't think what you are doing is right by taking your dog out at night since you are a woman.Try to get up early in the morning and walk the dog.That is good for the dog also since there will be a lot lesser people on the road and the dog can walk freely.
@bwaybaby (904)
• United States
21 Dec 10
It depends on the dog, really. We had a Shih Tzu and only walked him once a day. We'd play with him, too, but he seemed fine with just a daily walk. His walk would go from 20-40 minutes. Any longer than 45 and he'd sit down and wouldn't move- my dad would pick him up and carry him home. At the same time, my boyfriend's golden retriever hasn't been walked in months. She's just fine playing fetch for a bit in the backyard. So it just depends on the dog, really.