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Old 29-01-2012, 05:29 PM
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

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The thing is, I only got her a month ago and at 5 months of age she wasn't trained to walk on a lead, so now walking on a lead is a challenge and I feel like letting her off the lead for her to let the steam off... I will definitely try to reduce the duration, I never thought about her tender joints because she looks so strong! Training sessions... well, can you suggest something more than 'come, stay, sit' commands, I don't seem to ;grab' her concentration and jkeep it long enough for a 20-min training session, she wants frolicking!
I am determined to keep trying though, I want to make sure she is balanced and content... and me too
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Short sharp training sessions - with my youngsters - we may try two actions leave it for an hour and then do some more.

For every person who advocates the 5 minute rule, you will find someone who hasn't and has had no problems - the difficulty is, you have no idea of knowing whether your dog is pre-disposed to Hip Dysplasia and other problems - therefore it is always advisable to err on the side of caution with pups and follow the rule as closely as possible.

You could try getting her to leave food on command until you say she can have it - laying down and waiting - wait - always a VERY useful command in my experience - get her to try and bring you things and reward her - there are all sorts of things you can do
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Old 29-01-2012, 08:53 PM
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

Also - not being able to walk long distances doesn't mean you can't be out longer

Use it as an opportunity for socialisation - go to shopping malls and other places where there are lots of people - you can practice your training then when people make a fuss of her, and you again be amazed how much it takes out of her.

I show a few of mine, and a day out at the show exhausts them - even though they sleep all the way there and all the way home and for at least part of the time when waiting to go in the ring - two shows over a weekend and I won't hear them on Mondays.

They don't get massive levels of exercise at a show, but they do get lots of socialisation and the need to put their training into practice - and it's tiring

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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

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Training sessions... well, can you suggest something more than 'come, stay, sit' commands
WELL, there is lots you can do!

Down
Down from a distance
Down from a distance into a stand without moving forwards
Down mid run (a difficult one!)
Roll over
Leave it
Speak
Paw/High Five
Give a kiss
Out (Go out of the room or away from you)
Go to your bed
Fetch
Find it
Food refusal

I find mental stimulation much, much more effective than physical. There are loads of great videos on YouTube of how to teach some of the above.
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

Walk twice a day.

Feed after walks - the process of walking encourages stool and urine passing, both relief and scent marking.

Also the walk has the stimulation of the hunt and is rewarded by feeding afterwards.
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Old 30-01-2012, 10:03 AM
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

This morning, right after getting up we started 'earning our breakfast' - a training session with rewards from the breakfast. Millie the sprollie was hungry, therefore very concentrated, it went very well - sit's, stay's, lie's (I have already started using 'down' as meaning 'off', so I cannot use it for lying down), a few heel's... The morning walk was kept 'short' - half an hour altogether... She is sleeping peacefully now, and I find this very nice )
Another very important thing for me that I would like asking people to share their experience is: What method do you use for teaching your precious 4-legged to stop pulling on the lead and start walking properly next to you? I have already tried several different things and leads - short, long, gentle leader - I know I should stick to one way of doing it... so anyone who feels like sharing their experiential knowledge, you're very welcome!
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Old 30-01-2012, 10:06 AM
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

Swarthy, what do you mean when you say 'show'?
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

I find mental stimulation much, much more effective than physical. There are loads of great videos on YouTube of how to teach some of the above.[/QUOTE]

I definitely need to find ways to keep her mind occupied and redirect the energy that she puts into chewing her own blanket, pillow, and my sleeves!
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Re: how many times a day to walk my dog?

Training her to walk on a lead (you don't have to go far, you can do it indoors if necessary) and reward her all the time will also tire her out mentally. Get her to walk close to you on the side that you want her to walk on or train her for both sides. A lot of this training can be done indoors and is great for knackering the dog, particularly if you introduce turns, sits, stays, waits etc!!! Its all great fun with young dogs, best of luck!
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Old 30-01-2012, 11:01 AM
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Yes, walking on the lead properly, I have been trying different things and leads... she pulls so much! We live in a small rural town so everything outside is interesting - sheep, hills, hens behind fences... There is so little I can do to appear interesting to her )
How realistic is my expectation of seeing her walk next to me, I wonder...
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Swarthy, what do you mean when you say 'show'?
What it says - I show them (e.g. Like Crufts but smaller).

As your girl is a cross, you won't be able to show her other than at fun shows and the novelty classes at Companion shows - but these are still great fun - we occasionally do some Companion shows over the summer.
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