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First and foremost, I apologize if this is a question that has been answered a million times.

I love to walk with my Dog Fred. Some walks are city and some are in the woods. What I was wondering was how far should I be walking. Sometimes we walk 4-5 miles. He seems to like it and when we get to the house, he is disappointed that we are done.

Fred is almost two years old and is not overweight and highly energetic.

I thank you all for your input in this matter, I do not want to be over exercising him and have him get hurt.
 

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at his age i think that that distance is ok as long as he doesn't show any distress in the form of breathing or overheating. Check his pads often though.

When my pup was 7 weeks we took him into the moutains of NH for our yearly camping trip and i was afraid of how far he should actually walk and what i was told was that in puppies it can cause hip development problems but once the bone structure settles all you have to worry about is exhaustion etc. anyway good luck with your seemingly energetic pup!
 

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Fred, at 2 years old, can walk distances, especially if he's fit and has no health problems. I would start with half an hour and increase distances. As long as you have water with you, you could probably walk for hours.
 

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Now that we have really cold temps and even colder wind chills, our boys Cobi 7 and Casie 15 mos will hit the end of the block and back three times a day. I am just afraid of frozen ears and feet. Besides, I think that's all I can make in this weather.

Normally, we'll go about 1/2 mile out,and then come back....I need the walking and they are the trainers...but that won't be until it warms up a little.

Anyone use a tread mill with their friends?

Cathy J
Casie and Cobi's MOM
 

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we take zelda for long walks.. Usually about an hour after dinner time. She just got a brand new sweater today. It's black and has a skull on the back haha so she should be set for winter walks
 

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Maggie is 10 months old, and she goes on a 3 mile walk every evening. On the weekends, she gets a 5 mile walk in the morning, and another 3 mile in the evening. We started walking her when she was almost 5 months old, and slowly increased the milage. We still don't run with her though, as she's too young.
 

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I think you will find it difficult to outwalk a healthy beagle. At a nice steady pace a beagle can go for hours. However, dont cycle, just walk and carry water with you if there are no streams on the route. Sounds like one lucky beagle to get such long walks.
 

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Wow, I'm surprised at how far people are walking their dogs. I'd say we usually go 1/2 a mile twice a day (15-30 minute walks). Looks like Bodie's going for longer walks starting today!
 

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I'm sure Fred will tell you like my Charlie. Once he gets tire, he'll slow down. When he gets home, he lay down immediately, without stiring around. He'll take a long nap afterwards. Then I'll kind of estimate how far he can walk. Well, I can't walk to far either, 1-2 miles is ok.
 

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Remember, first and foremost, they are hunters. They were bred to be able to take a long day out in the field. With the exception of extreme weather situations, a healthy full grown Beagle should be able to go on nice long walks with no problems.

Originally Posted By: Brien & Bodie
Wow, I'm surprised at how far people are walking their dogs. I'd say we usually go 1/2 a mile twice a day (15-30 minute walks). Looks like Bodie's going for longer walks starting today!
Brien, Bodie is still a baby and shouldn't go too far on walks. His bones and joints aren't fully developed yet. As he gets older, about 18 months, he should be all grown and ready for long walks.
 

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I hadn't even given it a second thought that at 10 months old we might be taking Maggie on too long of a walk. My husband started at less than half a mile, and over the past 5 months, has increased to where Maggie is now. The vet has asked us about her exercise, and he knows how far my husband walks with her on the weekends. The only thing he advised us against is running with her until she's older. Do you think we should be backing down on her distance? Hubby is a slow walker, and always takes water with him. Maggie loves her walks!
 

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We have a few routes we take, depending on how much time I've got (or how tired I am!). The shorter route is about 2 miles and the longer one 3-3-1/2 miles. They can handle it and still come home with the zoomies (while mommy is in her chair!). But, soon afterward, they nap.
 

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Thanks for the info Jen! We did take Bodie for a longer walk today, a little less then 2 miles. He had plenty of energy and pulled us most of the way. But those walks will be more the exception then the norm from now on. When he gets older and more developed we'll go further.
 
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