Camellia Camelo and Carol
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I don't think walks are absolutely necessary, if your Havanese gets exercise around the house and yard. It can be nice, though, to take them for walks; they can "read the news" (sniff and explore) along the way.
I'd heard that you should never let a Havanese off-leash outside your house and SECURELY-enclosed yard - because, they are FAST! Oh, my; they certainly are!
An exception, of course, would be some other securely-fenced area.
I live in a loft suite, and my next-door neighbors, in the main house, are dog-and-cat people. We hit it off from the instant we both moved in, around 1 October, 2010. I gave them some fencing materials I had left over from my old place, and they put up a fence for their 2.5-ylear-old son, because HE is getting so fast they have to run after him all the time to keep him from falling over the garden wall into the driveway below.
At the same time, they began shutting the gate (secure) on the driveway, and then they gave me permission to let Camellia run in their yard, as well as in my own tiny yard.
But! Camellia used to run in the yard in our OLD place, but doesn't find my neighbor's yard interesting enough to run in! She wants her road-walks, even though those are on-leash!
She can do a two-hour walk, but we're going really slowly, with lots of stops and starts. At most, we cover a mile or two. This can be rather boring for us, unless we have something to think about!
Stopping and starting feels okay to me; I've become accustomed to it. With my previous dogs, I needed to walk as briskly as they did! ;-)
It's not so much a question of length of legs as it is general conditioning. If the dog is in decent condition, surely a couple of miles should be okay - DEPENDING on the weather, the surface being walked on (too hot? chemicals on the road? thorns in the verges?) and so forth.
And a dog certainly doesn't necessarily need a walk every day, either; every other day or so should be sufficient (given that you play with your dog in and around the house).
Again, these are my personal views, but based on a lot of study.
Sat, 7 Apr 2012 07:07:34 (PDT)