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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 12:31 PM
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

I'm a little late to the party, but I wanted to remark on the running. We run with our V 4-5 times a week, up to about 10 miles for long runs (I don't like him to go further than that). He did great with the running in all temps, just about, until he was about 4 years old. We didn't start running distances with him until he was about 18 months. Now, we cannot take him for a run if it is over 75 degrees. After talking with his breeder, that's a pretty common thing. Now we get up early for those long runs and try to get home before it gets warm. Always take water with you for them and check their paw pads often, especially in the beginning. Rex once ran until his paw pads were bleeding but he wants so bad to keep us happy, he continued to run. I carried him for the next 2 days since he couldn't walk at all. If they're panting heavily, stop until the cool down and offer water. It can mess up your training schedule, I know, but it can really mess up the dog if they overheat. Remember that the dog cools himself down through his paw pads and through panting. His paw pads will likely be hot if your running on pavement, so that leaves him only with panting. Their tongues swell when they're hot, so if it's very wide and hanging out very far, stop until they cool down. If they lay down during your run, wait until they're ready to continue.

As for not running him daily, I think that's perfectly fine but he will still need some sort of structured walk. I will second (or third) the suggestion of mentally wearing them out, too. Even at almost 7 years old, we still try to train with him to keep him thinking.

Good luck! Rex is the best running partner I've ever had and I hope you feel the same way about your V.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 06:47 PM
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

I'm glad to find all this discussion regarding running with your vizsla. We are first time v owners. So in love with him, I can't stand it. We let him off leash in a fenced school yard almost everyday. I'm so impatient regarding running with him though. I'm torn. I feel like I get a different answer from everyone I ask. We run him for about 3.5 miles a couple a week. He's 8 months old. I know that young. Any thoughts from experienced vizsla owners who run with them.
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

It's really your call, he is your dog after all.
I just go by what I have read and what our vet and breeder recommended. Let the dog mature, let their growth plates grow and then do that sort of exercising with the dog.
I have known some V's to be run hard when they were young and they are fine, I know of one other that is not.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 09:48 AM
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

I too go by what I have been told by our breeder, vet, V Club of the Carolinas members, and this forum; therefore, I would recommend waiting until your dog is 15-18m old before stressing growth plates. As Crazy Kian said, maybe your pup will be fine, but if there is good evidence to suggest it is not wise, why do it?
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

Everyone with the running/ jogging! A vizsla doesn't want to jog! Any hunting breed wants to "pretend hunt". Everyday or at least every couple days. When I let Odi go in the woods he runs himself, and it ain't in straight lines at one speed mindlessly putting one leg in front of the other. He wants to jump and chase and smell and start and stop and look behind the log and run down to the water and see what's moving in the bush etc. I don't exactly live out in the countryside but I have access to lots of woods and trails where Odi can run. Notice I didn't say backyard although I have a large one. Odi basically uses my backyard to crap. He gets his exercise and mental stimulation in the woods using his instincts.....not jogging. Get a pug.
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Re: How much exercise is enough for a Vizsla in an apartment?

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Everyone with the running/ jogging! A vizsla doesn't want to jog! Any hunting breed wants to "pretend hunt". Everyday or at least every couple days. When I let Odi go in the woods he runs himself, and it ain't in straight lines at one speed mindlessly putting one leg in front of the other. He wants to jump and chase and smell and start and stop and look behind the log and run down to the water and see what's moving in the bush etc. I don't exactly live out in the countryside but I have access to lots of woods and trails where Odi can run. Notice I didn't say backyard although I have a large one. Odi basically uses my backyard to crap. He gets his exercise and mental stimulation in the woods using his instincts.....not jogging. Get a pug.
I think that's a bit harsh... not everyone runs the same way. I run with Miles about 5 days a week, but we run off leash on the trails unless it's raining then we run on the road (which in San Diego is about 5x a year luckily). Miles loves running with me. He gets to pick his own pace, look for rabbits/birds/ lizards, and sprint off ahead of me or catch up with me if he's stopped to sniff/ explore.

I don't know any pug who can handle several hours of trail "jogging."

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