I agree, it depends on the walk. When I take my lab for a walk on-leash I don't normally count it because I let her stop and sniff a lot. If we go off-leash on the trails behind our house, then I count it because I motor along at a good pace and she runs to keep up every few minutes or so. Gotta love our dogs, they get us out for some exercise rain or shine!
I have a husky, and when she was a puppy, I'd walk her about 5 miles a day. I would totally count that! Now I run with her a lot, and then we go for walks in the evening. And I count those, but they are like Coonsy said, power walks! Thankful for the dog who makes me get out and exercise even when I don't feel like it!
I think it would depend on the walk. I have German Shepherds, and our walks are for their mental and physical exercise, as well as my own (we also do a lot of training on our walks). For me, because they are adult, large dogs, we pretty much power walk, with short runs thrown in, and if I have the time to spare, we will drive to someplace with more varied terrain (hills, trails, etc).
When I do a "real" walk, I would count it. Since I don't do them everyday (we do a lot of agility and training at home, so don't always go out), I doubt my body gets too used to it.
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I have a 5 month old english bull dog who thinks she's a track star and likes to run. We have only been going around the block but its an extra long block like 7/10th of a mile. I would count it but I think I'm only burning around 50 calories.
I also have a 7 month old puppy and am wondering the same thing, at first I tracked them but recently have quit. Every morning we walk 3/4-1.5 miles and then usually get longer walks in after school or evening. The morning ones are for her, afterschool are for the kids and evening is usually for me so I do track those.
I would count them if you are continuously walking during that time. If he stops every few feet to sniff something, etc, it probably isn't keeping you moving enough to be something that you would document, though.
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I have a seven month old puppy at home. It is my job to walk him first thing in the morning and when I get home from work (my hubby has the other walks). I have been trying to walk further with him in the morning to get him some exercise before he is stuck inside all day (we gate him in the kitche and sunroom so he has plenty of room to walk around). Here is my question, would you track the dog walking as part of your fitness tracker? Keep in mind that if I did not have the dog I would not be doing these walks in the first place.
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