How often should I walk my Spaniel?

by Fionnuala
(Ireland)

I have a five month old Springer Spaniel and live in a town. I'm not sure how often and for how long i should walk her. Also, she tugs a lot on her lead, how can I get her to walk nicely on her lead?

Thanks!

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
Springers need alot of exercise, failure to give this to them they become very tightly wound and this can lead to behavioral problems.

As your pup is still small and the bones are still soft and developing you need to walk her little and often. I would say 20 min 2-3 times a day. This should also be built in with obedience training, I would recommend about 4 10 minute sessions a day (little and often is key here) and of course play time which will reinforce your bond together.

Check out here for more details

Springer Exercise


As for pulling on the lead, I know how you feel. Springers are notorious at walking on the lead, I still struggle with George, they do get so excited about going out. However read this section and it should help

Obedience Training

Let us know how you are getting on


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Exercise
by: Michele

If you haven't realized it yet, you soon will.....Springers need a LOT of exercise! A couple of walks daily would be great. If you have a dog park in your area you should make a visit! Most dog parks allow dogs off leash and it's a great form of exercise, plus they get to socialize! My older Springer hates the dog park, but my younger one loves it there. As soon as I remove her leash she's gone!

I'm a huge advocate of obedience training, which trains you as well as the dog, so if you have access to an obedience class I'd sign up for it. Personally, I would try to stay away from classes the pet shop offers and try to find a local dog club that offers obedience.

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