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Patterdale Terrier Pup 7 Months

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by MichaelSneef, May 15, 2019.


  1. MichaelSneef

    MichaelSneef PetForums Newbie

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    Hello,

    New to the forum so didnt know if this was in the right place.

    We have just adopted a Patterdale terrier from the dogs trust and was wondering how often should he be walked,

    At the minute we are walking him twice on a morning and twice on a night, just didnt want him having unspent energy! (Well as least as possible anyway)

    Weekends we tend to take him on big walks hiking etc...
     
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    The recommendation is five minutes per month of age, twice a day. So that's two 35 minute walks. It's just a guideline but I wouldn't, for example, be doubling it.

    Have you considered training and games that tire his brain? That's more exhausting than physical exercise.
     
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  3. MichaelSneef

    MichaelSneef PetForums Newbie

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    Yeah we do a lot of training with him and scatter some of his food at meal times so he had to use his brain. But sometimes he just doesn't want to know haha.
     
  4. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    The 5 minute per months rule is important if you are lead walking on pavements but (in my opinion) less so when allowing free wandering on grass (or sand if you are near a beach). My young Labs have always had a good play in the fields but only short walks on hard surfaces. So mix and match your exercise routines and yes, add lots of training and you will have a satisfied pup :D

    J
     
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    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    How old??

    Edit: just read the thread title again.....Doh!
     
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    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    You don't want to create an athlete. The more you walk the more he will need. Obviously you need to walk him but don't overdo it. A short sniffy walk is just as good as a long off-lead run around. Brain games are more tiring than physical exercise, a 10 min brain session is worth an hour walking. Also you want a dog that will cope if you can't walk him for whatever reason, so make sure you have rest days.
     
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    Boxerluver30 Hound Lover

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    I agree with those who have suggested brain games, also puzzle/activity toys (although be warned this can end up costing a lot :D) . Is he a sniffer? Scent games can be good and look into tracking too. Terriers tend to be busybodies who like having a job to do so as long as he is occupied he should be a happy boy .
     
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