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Walking with your Hav

This sounds kind of awful but I hardly ever take my dogs for walks.

Rocky has never been an active dog and he always moves at a turtle's pace to do anything. Now that he's a senior he's even more content to nap the day away.
Jasper has lots of energy but I play fetch with him every day inside and outside in our fenced in yard.

Anyway, I want to start going to the park and walking at least every couple of days (Mommy really needs some time to herself!). I really want to take Jasper but I'm worried about his short little legs.

When you walk your dogs, how far and long do you go?

I'm still going to take Jasper now that the weather is nice because I think it will be great for him to be around new things and people. He's still shy and nervous sometimes, although since his night "on the streets" he's been acting a lot braver. Lol.


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I walk with Sergio, not sure of the distance, but we can be outside for awhile. I bring his water bottle and some treats. We stop maybe every 15 minutes or so. He likes to sit in my lap on a bench. Are we running miles around retrievers? Not quite. We are walking.

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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.

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Henry gets a one hour walk everyday, either by me or by a dog walker. In 3 years he has only missed maybe 12 days. We are like the Post Office - we go out in pretty much any kind of weather. The hour covers a range of distances depending on his mood. No enforced marches. He gets to sniff and linger and explore whatever he is curious about. We always take a few minutes to play/sniff/greet other dogs on our journey (I don't do too much sniffing myself but he likes it). I think the excersize is essential to extend the number of years he is able to be physically active and fit and getting him out of the house is good for his overall mental and socialization. The walks have become so important that the other day I found myself thinking that I need to move to a new community because I want new places to walk!!

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Henry gets a one hour walk everyday, either by me or by a dog walker. In 3 years he has only missed maybe 12 days. We are like the Post Office - we go out in pretty much any kind of weather. The hour covers a range of distances depending on his mood. No enforced marches. He gets to sniff and linger and explore whatever he is curious about. We always take a few minutes to play/sniff/greet other dogs on our journey (I don't do too much sniffing myself but he likes it). I think the excersize is essential to extend the number of years he is able to be physically active and fit and getting him out of the house is good for his overall mental and socialization. The walks have become so important that the other day I found myself thinking that I need to move to a new community because I want new places to walk!!
Hehe; love it, Nancy! I did this with my previous dogs - Australian Terriers, but walked them twice a day, longer in the morning (30, 40 minutes, sometimes an hour), shorter in the afternoon (maybe 30 minutes, longer in nice weather).

THEY didn't do much running and playing in the yard. Nor in the house, either.

Camellia will play in the house; that makes a difference. But I do like to get a dog outside, usually, daily. So much depends on the needs of the individual dog. Paying attention to their conditioning is good.

I hope Henry is starting to feel better!

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Whimsy and I are not walkers. I had some health problems shortly after getting her which prevented me from doing so and we just never got into it. I have a good sized fenced in yard and we play fetch together and she does her running around and gets plenty of exercise. We also do alot inside the house too when the weather is crappy. She is my true companion dog( which is why I picked this breed) and has adapted to my lifestyle perfectly. This time of year she is very content to sit in the sun on my deck with me and watch the birds fly back and forth building their nests.

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Evelyn - I think your solution is just top-notch. I'm so glad you and Whimsy live so well together. I have no doubts that Whimsy is in very good condition!

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I feel like Jasper gets enough exercise without walks but he really needs some more socialization, so I'm going to start taking him.
I wanted to go to get some exercise for myself but if I have to slow down for him, oh well.
There's a park right by my house that has a walking trail (flat and paved) so that's where we'll go.


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Tillie is very adaptable and doesn't NEED a walk as she gets plenty of exercise chasing the cats and wrestling with the kids!! I do try to take her for a walk as often as possible, depending on the weather. Sometimes we'll go for an hr, sometimes for 10 minutes. She is very healthy and LOVES to run and play and really does enjoy her walks!! If we have rain for weeks and can't go for walks she gets very antsy and starts getting into trouble!! LOL

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I don't own a car and I walk every where. I would like to take Sergio more places where I walk. As for socialization I found a toy and small breed dog group on MeetUp.com. They have monthly play dates.
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