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Walking my Shihtzu x Chihuahua

Discussion in 'Dog Walking' started by Gopher, Mar 31, 2011.


  1. Gopher

    Gopher PetForums Senior

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    When we first got Bingo (when he was 8 weeks old) we thought he looked more Shihtzu but he's growing much more into the Chihuahua-type (of his Dad) so he's under 2kgs and is nearly 16 weeks old now.

    At the moment we do 2 x 20 minute walks a day but he's still FULL of energy, what I want to know is can I increase his walks to 30 mins and when they're adult how much do Chihuahua's walk anyway??

    My partner and I are massive rambling fans and would love to take Bingo with us but as he's just decided to be more Chi-like shall we plan on not taking him with us.....ever??

    Thank you
     
  2. catz4m8z

    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

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    Surely you could play with him round the house and burn off some energy?? (he is small enough to get his exercise indoors as well!!)
    As for rambling, dont write the little fella off. Chi's can be great walkers. Mine will happily do a couple of hours walking every day and 4-6 hours on the odd occassion if we are out on a trip!;)
     
  3. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    He'll be fine for a good ramble when he's older.
    You'll have built him up to it and he'll be really fit
     
  4. Terrier Fan

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    I would increase each of his walks to 25mins and play lots more games in the garden :)

    He's still got some more growing to do, i would expect him to double his current weight. As for longer walks when he's older he will be fine.

    My Yorkie is 19mths and 1.9kg, he will go on a long walk, then come home and get all his toys out. He has lots of energy and is more active than my JRT's.
     
  5. jenniferx

    jenniferx PetForums VIP

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    I have an adult Chi and he can go for miles and miles. He's been up mountains, beaches, forest parks whatever. Daily we do 3-5miles as standard.
    I hate when I hear people saying that Chi's don't need walked because it's just not true. They benefit from the exercise as much as the socialisation and outdoor stimulation.

    In my eyes, the owners should tire before a healthy fit dog does, even a Chihuahua!

    Can't advise on puppy stuff though as I've only had mine as an adult.
     
  6. Nicky10

    Nicky10 PetForums VIP

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    You can start increasing the time now by a little bit. Do you have anywhere safe you can let him offlead? It's much less strain on their joints than lead walking. Or do some training, clicker training is great for this, it tires them out much faster than just walking. Adults even toy mixes can walk pretty far as long as you build the distance up just like you would have to with a human
     
  7. swarthy

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    40 minutes a day for any puppy of 16 weeks is far too much exercise, irrespective of size - even small dogs have the potential for damage to their bones and joints while they are soft - and there is increasing evidence to show this risk is higher with cross breeds.

    People also miss the point that the more you exercise a puppy, the more they will need as their stamina increases placing even further strain on, and risk to their joints.

    At such a young age, walking should be about socialisation and interaction, with this and the use of training amd play to exercise and stimulate their minds.

    You've got years ahead of you to build up his exercise and take him on long rambles - providing he develops healthily and is well socialised.
     
  8. Gopher

    Gopher PetForums Senior

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    thanks for all the replies, on top of his walks he gets (on average) 2 hours play, inside and out when it's nice. we start off doing little bits of training, he picked up SIT very quickly but I'm struggling with DROP and the recall which is why I'm loathe to let him off his lead anywhere right now :(
     
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