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CD2348080 Posts: 34,084
10/19/10 12:14 P

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Dogs wearing their nails down through walking is a good thing. It means they don't have to have them trimmed.

CD707847 Posts: 6,353
10/19/10 8:53 A

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My girls and I have walked over 800 kms this year, use the mileage tracker to keep track. I have had no trouble will their nails because of the walking. We are lucky to have a local fair grounds that is a large dog park when fair is no on. So the girls get to run free for short bits.

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10/18/10 6:24 P

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Even walking on pavement really helps dogs to wear down their nails, so if you keep walking you will probably only rarely have to trim his nails. If he is a sociable dog you might try checking to see if there is a dog park in your area that allows dogs to be off lead. That way he could run and play with other dogs. You can walk around the area while he plays to get in some exercise too.

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10/18/10 6:08 P

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Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I'd not thought of his pads getting sore, and I'll definitely be aware of that now. He is so anxious to walk fast that I got my bicycle out and he is running next to me for a mile in in the evenings and he loves it, but only for short distances. I noticed that his toenails do not need clipped yet because of running on the pavement. I'm wondering what to do come the cold weather to keep up his momentum without hurting myself, possibly getting some roller blades, like Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer suggests on his show. Running would be safer, but I just can't seem to get into that mode. Thanks again, and happy dog-walking to you all!

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CD2348080 Posts: 34,084
9/23/10 11:20 P

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Hi Teresa,
As long as Charlie is eager to go for the walks, he probably is fine. Since he is so young, keep a close eye on him especially if you increase your distance. Especially watch his pads. Younge dogs pads can be sensitive and need time to toughen up especially if you are walking on pavement.

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9/23/10 2:21 P

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Welcome

He should be fine as long as you both work your way up to it. I average 25 kms a week with my two girls. (Canadian) Some days we do less some more. Longest walks we have done 10km. They usually sleep the rest of the day after one of those long ones. But are ready to go the next day. But we have been doing this for a while.

Just remember they need they same things we do. Water and watch out for over heating or getting to cold.

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9/23/10 12:08 P

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Hello team! My name is Teresa and I'm walking Charlie, my Golden Doodle pup EVERY DAY. Charlie's about 4 months old and we're walking at least a mile every morning.. and a little less in the evening. This morning it was almost 2 miles. I hope that's not too much for him, cause he sleeps most of the day. A tired dog is a good dog in my house. emoticon

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