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Old 15-10-2010, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jessie is now approaching 4months of age & i realise the 5minute rule is a guide. Jessie though is laughing at only 20minutes lead exercise a day, even with additional training, playing in garden, Kongs etc, she still has plenty of energy to burn.

So, as a mini experiment i upped her mid morning walk for last 3 days to 1 hour off lead (across fields or on beach, but minimal pavement) and she loved it, with no sign of tiredness. When i get her home she would have a sleep for a while, but its not long before her energy level is replenished. Mid afternoon i would give her a shorter 10-15 minute lead walk around the block (pavement)

As i understand it "garden" exercise can be unlimited and not included within 5minute rule, so from her joints point of view is walking/running out in fields off lead any different to running around a garden ??

I have read the many posts on this subject & how some people are strict with the rule & others tend to exercise according to dogs energy levels.
I have to say, i am torn between the two. I'm finding 20minutes is just not enough for her (she is a small framed Lab). I have to admit she looked more fulfilled when out longer.
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Old 15-10-2010, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The 5 minute rule as far as I understand it is applied to on-lead work only. Normal puppy exuberance and racing about is not part of it.

Garden exercise and running across a basic flat(-ish) field are no different on the face of it, as pups can still stop and lie down or sit when tired.

In going across fields though, I would worry that I would more easily lose track and tend to be out for much longer, so would need to carefully watch how far I went from the house, as the pup would probably keep going until it literally dropped.

It is soooo hard with a pup that age, as they have so much energy when they are up and running. They need to burn it off, but exercise needs to be "sort-of" controlled.

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It is different to playing in the garden if you are walking and puppy has to walk to stay with you.

Personaly if I were going to give a bit more it would be a max of 2 x 15 mins at that age , one in the morning, one in the evening with recovery and rest time inbetween, but I have never had a problem sticking to the 20 mins at 4 months.
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Jac has just put it far more succinctly than I did. :wink:
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I would also say that being out in fields etc is very different to being in your garden much more exciting, new smells, different distractions and as also said pup will keep walking whether tired or not to keep up with you.

Most pups would have the energy to do more than 20 mins at 4 months but they are like children and need to be told when they have had enough :lol:
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Ok ... i take the point that walking fields etc is different to playing in garden or park. However, how will her joints know the difference ??.
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Ok ... i take the point that walking fields etc is different to playing in garden or park. However, how will her joints know the difference ??.
I would personally say that they will know the difference, because the field is soooo much bigger than most gardens, and you will generally go further than you realise.
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The difference is that if she gets tired in the garden she can sit or stop at least, if she is tired in the field she can't because she is having to walk because you are.
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Would you take an eighteen month old human toddler for a walk for over an hour? No!

A toddler will play all day, though.

I think the 5 minute rule is excellent and i stick by it at all times.... My pups are not hiper with this rule. In fact, I don't always lead walk them as I have free access to fields but only allow my pups a short time walking free with me.

I don't walk my pups for over an hour until they are a year, at least. They have the run of my fields, though and always flop when they need to.

It is not all about the joints. It changes their growing pattern.

Look at the Russian gymnasts.. :roll: :roll: Trained so young and now kna""""""d..

Being a fitness professional I know the importance of balance. A large framed dog, with young, undeveloped bones... 8O 8O Muscle has to be built up carefully and gently.


You have years of long walks.. Just be patient.. :?

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Would you take an eighteen month old human toddler for a walk for over an hour? No!

A toddler will play all day, though.

I think the 5 minute rule is excellent and i stick by it at all times.... My pups are not hiper with this rule. In fact, I don't always lead walk them as I have free access to fields but only allow my pups a short time walking free with me.

I don't walk my pups for over an hour until they are a year, at least. They have the run of my fields, though and always flop when they need to.

It is not all about the joints. It changes their growing pattern.

Look at the Russian gymnasts.. :roll: :roll: Trained so young and now kna""""""d..

Being a fitness professional I know the importance of balance. A large framed dog, with young, undeveloped bones... 8O 8O Muscle has to be built up carefully and gently.


You have years of long walks.. Just be patient.. :?

Hayley

It has nothing to do with being patient. Its about what my dog seems to enjoy & want. Its not even about being out for an hour. It could be half hour or 45mins, so regardless of the time, i am trying to understand the difference between throwing a frisby for amount of time in a park/garden, against walking across fields for similar amount of time

I understand you may have an opinion on this & i thank everyone for their advice, however I would prefer not to have such condescending responses & ridiculous comparisons.
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