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Does your Havanese get enough exercise every day?



How do you make sure your Havanese gets enough exercise every day?

Any exercise tips you guys have? Any routine you stick to?

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We play a lot...chasing the ball all over the house. She loves to take walks. And we have a yard that she runs around in.

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I get a 45 minute walk on leash in the morning and a 15 minute walk on leash in the evening. During the day mi Momi and Popi play with mi playing tag, fetch, and "find it" game, both inside and in our yard. Sometimes I get playtime with mi amigos Daisy, Max, Lucy, and Bella. All dis exercise keeps mi a healthy 14 pounds.

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Summer, late spring and early fall are easy, we go on lots of walks and play outside. Winter months in the Midwest is another story. Max hates rain and snow, he will give me the look saying "don't make me go out there". We try to play in doors and to keep his mind active we will play some find it or do some training. Have been thinking about agility training for Max, I think he would be great at it!

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Summer, late spring and early fall are easy, we go on lots of walks and play outside. Winter months in the Midwest is another story. Max hates rain and snow, he will give me the look saying "don't make me go out there". We try to play in doors and to keep his mind active we will play some find it or do some training. Have been thinking about agility training for Max, I think he would be great at it!
While physical exercise of some sort is important too, mental exercise in training will tire them out even more than physical exercise. "games" and play are fun, but these dogs LOVE training, and there are SO MANY fun things you can teach them, even in a small space.
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You know Karen, I have learned this by accident that Ricky is more stimulated by training "games" than anything else. When days are cold (anything below 50F is frightfully cold for us in SoCal ), or windy, or rainy, we train indoors with games like on and off leash "heel" around the house, around the dining table, about turns in very tight spaces, all different kinds of stays for up to 3 minutes while we go about our business, "find it" scent games, structured retrieve and recall "fetch", the possibilities are endless. These indoor training games are invaluable when I take him on leash to stores like Home Depot (Ricky likes the Garden section best ), Petco, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Best Buy, the Feed Store, etc. We often go there just to train on leash, not really shopping for anything and for 10 minutes maximum each time. Ricky loves to go to these stores and seems to recognize the name of each one. When I tell him we are going to (store name) he works himself into a frenzy, pacing and whimpering by the door to the garage. AND we always go potty first before we leave the house!!!!

Yes, exercise and simple training go hand in hand.

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I find a stay position hilarious. Both of my dogs (whether they are in a sit position or a down position) watch my every movement (heads bobbing all over the place as they watch me walk around and wait for my release). Max does have a problem with fetch and I'm not sure how to correct it. We will play fetch and he may return the object (ball, stuff animal, etc.) once or twice, but then he gets distracted and starts running around with the object, throwing it around and chasing it. How do you teach him to actually return the object. My other dog does this naturally.......

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I find a stay position hilarious. Both of my dogs (whether they are in a sit position or a down position) watch my every movement (heads bobbing all over the place as they watch me walk around and wait for my release). Max does have a problem with fetch and I'm not sure how to correct it. We will play fetch and he may return the object (ball, stuff animal, etc.) once or twice, but then he gets distracted and starts running around with the object, throwing it around and chasing it. How do you teach him to actually return the object. My other dog does this naturally.......
It depends whether this is a game for you, or if you are shaping a formal retrieve. When it's toys or balls, I let the dogs call the shots. If they don't bring it back to me, the game is over.

If I'm training a formal retrieve, I work on it in a small enough space that the dog can't POSSIBLY play keep away. I will have first taught the the dog to hold and "give" the dumbbell to hand reliably, without me ever giving up control of it. Then, we work on placed retrieves, either in a narrow hallway or in the bathroom, only a few feet away. When we are ready for a thrown retrieve, we start with very short ones, with a second person available to help intercept in CASE of a problem. But by then, the return of the dumbbell to hand has been SO heavily reinforced that they rarely want to do anything but bring it back and get their cookie!
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Perfect! We have a narrow hallway but too many exit points. The bathroom is a great idea for training in a small place. I will give your suggestions a try. Knew I was doing something incorrectly, Max catches on quickly! Thanks Karen!

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We live on 22 acres we go for walks down the lane, we go for walks to the woods. We own 10 acres not far from here we go there and do a lot of walking and running around. I'll get on my bike and Hank follows me! He has a lot of energy. I try and make sure he gets exercise every day!
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