I have been having an argument with my boyfriend about how often / how much to exercise Eddy. I feel like 45 minutes a day, in the form of a walk, is the minimum. However, I try to aim for 1.5 hours, split into two. I like to take him to one of the many nearby parks to play and run every day. And if we both work, and are forced to leave Eddy home, completely alone, for awhile, like 3-6 hours, I will even take him to a park twice on those days. I think it's only fair..
But my boyfriend thinks it's not necessary. He thinks Eddy should just deal with two or three 20 minute strolls every day, and that taking him to a park should be a special occasion. He says Eddy needs "to learn" how to be a calm, patient dog. Sometimes I call my boyfriend from work and ask him to take Eddy to the park and he's like, "You guys just went yesterday! Besides, I already walked him."
I base my decision on the fact that Eddy is a growing boy, in the teenager stage, and acts very naughty if he doesn't get enough running time every day. Eddy is on the right path towards being extremely obedient and focused, but if he's forced to stay home all day, he barks a lot and gets generally moody. My boyfriend feels like we shouldn't give in to Eddy's youthful naughtiness. Am I right to believe that he needs over an hour of exercise every day, or is my boyfriend right? From my experience, dogs slow down considerably as they grow out of their puppy brains, and then you can afford to skip the "adventures" for days --- as long as they get a nice, solid, long, daily walk, of course.