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    My staffy Leo gets walked for 1/2-1hr every day.... Depending on whos walking and how much playtime he has had, most days my OH walks him for 1/2hr and then does play time for 1hr, but if he is late home he goes straight into play time and i walk Leo for an hour when i get home. (I dont know what that is in KM though. )

    As he is getting a bit older now (nearly 11 months) i have been taking him for longer walks on the weekend 1 1/2hrs or so but he is still full of energy when we get home and wanting to play with his toys or play soccer (after 1 1/2hrs of walking!) Im lying on the couch exhusted and he keeps bringing me his toys like come on! Crazy dog!

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    Walk my boy 3 1 hour walks a day, if it doesn`t happen, CHAOS in the house! But absolutely enjoy every moment with him. He enjoys life so much, I take his enjoyment with me wherever I go!

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    My 6.5 month old pup gets a 15-20 min walk. Sometimes once a day other times twice ( not everyday) I think she's too young for longer walks. She runs around the yard with my other dog and sometimes it's very fast & rough......Should i be putting a stop to the running??? I do worry that it's too much stress for her growing bones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan View Post
    I wouldnt recommend over exercising a young dog, as Occy has said this can cause problems for the future as there bones are yet to fully develop.
    I understand the dangers of overexercising young dogs of large breeds. However, I also understand the importance of socialising young dogs and keeping them entertained.

    To suggest not to walk a dog for the first 18 months of life I find absurd, particularly as you can certainly walk gentle so it is not strenuous. For the first 6 months there was no walking, I then consulted my vet who told me that gentle exercise is important in a growing dog and that I should definately be walking him. I then slowly increased the distance of the walks, adding some off lead time.

    Given the size of the breed, I think it would be dangerous to have a 70 kilo dog running around off lead for the first time in 18 months not knowing how to conduct himself. Add to this how difficult it would be to lead train a dog of this size.

    I think one of our most important lessons we can teach our dogs is how to conduct themselves socially so as to avoid what can be perceived as a dangerous situation. While George is your typical gentle loving Newfoundland, I am very aware that if he ran up to someone in a park, being giant, black, and very fast, he would be very scary. Therefore, I believe it is important that I train my dog so as he doesn't give other dogs and their owners a bad name.

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    No one said don't walk you dog. However, a 15 minute walk to the cafe, a nice cup of coffee and a walk back is plenty of socialisation. Walking doesn't automatically socialise your dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    No one said don't walk you dog. However, a 15 minute walk to the cafe, a nice cup of coffee and a walk back is plenty of socialisation. Walking doesn't automatically socialise your dog.
    I should have perhaps given some more background. My breeder told me not to walk in the first 18 months. Ofcourse this is why I say they would be horrified to hear that I do infact walk him.

    I agree, walking to cafe and back is a form of socialisation. But, I want my dog to also learn how to act off lead around other dogs. This he cannot learn walking the streets on a lead.

    We just returned from an annual town festival and George was a pleasure to have with me. He got lots of pats, generated a lot of conversation and best of all was not phased in the slightest at the hundreds of other dogs around him, kids running straight up to him and being up in his face or by the marching bands or ponies. I think if he had been just sitting in the backyard his whole life then found himself in this situation he certainly would not be as well adjusted.


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    Take your dog to dog training. That will fullfill the socialisation aspect. I am not suggesting NOT taking him out, just the amount you suggested is extreme IMO

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    It all depends on the weather. Hotter days we go to the beach and have a swim. Snake season we have lead walks of about an hour. Rainy days it's around the half hour if we can't dodge showers. Best are dry winter days when we can just find a trail and keep on going!

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    Would love to share what we used to do, but through what happened recently, now have to reassess what was planned due to a newly protected pooch! I know the boy has so much fun running,have the scooter, waiting still on the harness, so once we have everything up and running, can share how far we will run, and it is so excititing to have a breed of dog and aknowledging his history and giving him the opportinity to experience the drive they have for pulling.

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