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5 mins rule

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by rona, Jun 30, 2009.


  1. rona

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    What are your thoughts on the 5 minute per month rule for exercising a puppy?
    I personally think that it is too much of a blanket statement.
    If you have a giant breed, then I believe it is very sensible to adhere to something near this rule. However if you have a medium sized dog then once past 3 months I believe that you could increase the times reasonable quickly without too much problem, as long as you are careful about ball games and steps.
    If on the other hand you have a small breed, particularly terriers who are quite compact and hardy little dogs, then i think the rule is way out, as it is supposed to go on up to 18 months and a lot of small dogs are almost mature at 9 months.
     
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  2. ad_1980

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    i don't really keep to the 5 min rule. i never have. With mika i did for a month but then i forgot about it but he seemed to be fine with the distance/time of walking. I only take the dogs out for 25 mins a day anyway :)
     
  3. I think a lot depends on the type of exercise myself! 5 minutes per month/age of mad running about imo is enough! gentle exercise as per controlled walking should not creat too much of a problem!
    DT
     
  4. Badger's Mum

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    To be honest i go by the dog, i'd never heard of it till i read about it on this forum:)
     
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    We took our 11 week old Bichon pup out for the first time yesterday evening and she was on an extending lead the whole time (in fields not near any roads) and we were out about 1/2 hr but she was just walking not running and she was absolutely fine. I just picked up her at the end of the walk because there was another dog with its owner walking behind us and it isn't good with other dogs.
     
  6. Michelle666

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    May I ask, what the 5 minute rule is? Im getting a DDB pup on Saturday!!!!!
     
  7. sammyben

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    For larger breeds of dogs and those prone to hip problems, the general rule is that for every month of their life...they should get 5 mins play/exercise so as not to overwork their little bones as they dont fully develop until they are 12 months

    But as DT said above, I think that only applies to strenous exercise/playing and not to normal walking?? :D

    HTH
     
  8. sallyanne

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    The advice for our breed is light lead exercise and free running,no intensive road work.
    Too much heavy exercise can result in malformed limbs.
    After six months you can start to gradually increase the exercise.
     
  9. Oblada

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    I dont like that rule, its unrealistic and quite frankly a bit ridiculous.

    The basic rule is to be careful and sensible when it comes to forced exercise with puppies; jumping, running, walking on the pavement, etc all of this should be monitored so as not to damage the young joints or build too much muscle mass too quickly. A bit like kids really, you cant really stop them from being active and you cant "time" them much but you can monitor the type of physical activity they engage in.
    A normal walk in the park and play with other pups should be just fine!
    As long as the pup can stop when he gets tired and as long as the owner is mindful, all should be well!

    A wild dog (as in not necessarily a different breed but simply pet dogs that ended up in the streets - like in India) would play with the rest of the litter quite a lot during the day and walk a lot of the day as well. In many cases I am sure a working dog has to be walking quite a lot as well.. and to some extent it makes me think of the foal who walks by his mother's side most of the day from an early stage...The same is true of most animals, pets or not.

    My boy would have destroyed the house if i had attempted to abide by that rule and plus pups needs loads of socialisation so 15mins/day is not likely to be enough far from it.
    Before my boy was allowed out of the house for his walks (injections) he was running completely mad, running up and down the flat, jumping on everything...:D there is little you can do to stop a pup from doing that...might as well take it outside and have some fun :)
     
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  10. Natik

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    i didnt follow the 5 mins rule but i made sure that my dogs didnt climb stairs or jumped on high things and so on....

    ...i think it is very difficult to follow this rule if not impossible lol :D
     
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    if we stuck to that rule our two would be killing each other with boredom by now! we take them for a good walk morning and night and they love it! its in a field so no pavement walking really. They stop if they are tiered and we wait for them or head back. I didnt even know that there were any rules until i came on here!?
     
  12. Nonnie

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    Me neither.

    I just pretty much guessed with my two. I built their exercise up gradually, and didnt go straight into massive hikes or anything. When i got Alfie, i would take him on long walks with Oscar, but would carry him most of the way as he was small and fat, and couldnt keep up.
     
  13. hutch6

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    I couldn't agree with people more about this rule being redundant.

    I tied Dillon to a treadmill at level 8 (it only went up to ten) whilst I was at work so he couldn't get into any trouble and then made him jump over three foot objects on a night. He's fine :D :D

    I didn't really. I just let him express himself in whatever way and for how long he wanted. Surely if you don't do that then you either end up a fat, unsocial dog and/or problems elsewhere with them.
     
  14. Badger's Mum

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    i do that with badger or oh take's back to the car and i carry on with the other 2:) Didn't let my lab jump fence's even though she wanted to:D
     
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    I like this rule and I'll stick to it with any pups in the future, unfortunately I think its often misconstrued, and (if it originated with who I think it did) the person who 'made it up' is an incredibly knowledgeable dog person.

    It applies to formal exercise only, and is aimed at medium to large sized dogs, particularly those that may suffer from joint problems, such as Labradors. It is not about restricting play exercise at all, where the pup has a choice about lying down and resting, but applies to sticking a pup on a lead and walking it when it has no choice.
     
  16. Badger's Mum

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    oh thank's for that i have too say i didn't quite understand it, well it is hot today:D
     
  17. Dundee

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    I have to say I'm quite flaberghasted by some of the replies.... treadmills to wear them out :eek:

    As a general guide I think it is good and really meant to stop new owners from overexercising young puppies while their bones are still soft. The bones of all mammals are soft until fully grown and damage can be done by over doing things. We don't take toddlers for mile hikes - even children should not do weight bearing exercise - and the same goes for the young of wild animals. They do not trek for miles. Yes, they play with their littermates, but they stay close to the den

    and no - you are wrong, a working dog gets very little formal exercise when young. Working dogs need to be sound and a handler will do everything in their power to ensure they are.

    If people's puppies are bored, then they need stimulating (mental exercise is far more tiring than physical exercise) not given excess exercise. In addition to the possible damage you will do to young growing bones, all you will succeed in doing is getting the dog fitter and more used to lots of exercise.

    It is just a guide though and, as has already been said, applies to formal exercise, although care should also be taken with overboisterous play.

    Common sense should prevail, but unfortunately it often doesnt. How many people get their puppy and as soon as it has had it's innoculations - off they go taking it for long walks :eek: It is often ignorance, often excitement about having a puppy - after all, going for long walks is one of the pleasures of having a dog. Hence the 5 minute rule. It's a good guideline to how much exercise a puppy should get. It should be applied with common sense too though. 15 minutes of exercise could consist of a 5 minute walk to the shops - sitting on a bench outside while passersby fuss and play with the puppy or puppy sits and watches traffic go by (all good socialisation), followed by a five minute walk to the park to watch the ducks/birds/children playing football etc (again, all socialisation experiences) followed by a 5 minute walk home. You could actually have been out for 30 / 40 minutes or more, however, the actual walking is around 15 minutes.
     
  18. Oblada

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    For the first few weeks, maybe the first couple of months yes. But certainly not for the first year or until full maturity.

    To me walking (which is what I said) is not formal exercise if its done on soft ground particularly and without it being forced.

    Ha well to each is own, I dont like the rule personally, it requires too much explanations to make any sense and be of any use...but thats only my opinion!
     
  19. Dundee

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    Walking a dog/puppy on a lead is forced exercise.

    The problem is that most people have relatively few dogs throughout their lives. This board has many young people who, again, have very limited experience. They may think because their dog has been ok with lots of exercise it's ok - sadly they dont realise or won't accept that there are risks in overusing/stressing soft young bones (as a physio I can tell you this applies to all mammals - dogs included).
     
  20. Oblada

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    I have always said so! :D

    I get your point but I still think the rule in itself is unhelpful.
     
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