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.

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Comment by Beth on August 19, 2009 at 12:05pm
Sounds like there is some room for compromise in this argument. :)

Dogs are all different. Certainly if you enjoy taking Eddy to the park every day, that is great. He doesn't necessarily need to go every day, though. You are saying two long walks plus one or trips to the park every day, and if that's the case I can understand why your boyfriend is feeling a bit neglected. :-)

It is true that teenaged dogs need more activity and exercise than adults. My husband and I both work all day, so Jack was penned for nearly 9 hours a day with a 45-minute break at lunch, and was just fine. Puppies need a lot of excercise but also a lot of sleep.

There are things you can do besides go to the park all the time. We play ball in a long hallway in the house with our dog, or we put some water in a kiddie pool outside and let him splash around. One of the pleasures of having a smaller dog like a Corgi is they don't need acres to run to burn off energy.

As I said, I think there's a middle ground to be found. A few trips a week to the park should be enough to keep him happy if he has other activities. There are plenty of city corgis who live happily with just walks and don't get to run off-leash very often at all.
Comment by Beauty and the Beast on August 19, 2009 at 9:58am
Every dog is different. Shiro is calm most of the time, especially at night and in the crate, but he'll get introuble once left alone in the living room no matter what. I would have to get him exhaused to prevent this.
I probably wouldn't be able to walk for over and hour every day, and he'd be tired too, but if it works for you and your pup why not. Play time with other dogs is veey important, they get tired much faster than from walks.
Looks like your boyfriend is lazy :) and it's OK, my man doesn't like to walk either. That is why he came up with the idea that dog's don't need that much exercise.
Comment by Derek on August 19, 2009 at 9:03am
I agree with you, that exercise is not a bad thing. Especially for a young dog with a lot of energy. My partner and I have been working so much that we have not gone to the dog park in over a week. So far 3 boxes have been chewed, a container of milkbones was attacked and was pronounced DOA at the kitchen table, and my slippers have become opene toed shoes ... trust me, take them to the dog park! I can't wait for Morgan to stop teething. It is amazing the amount trouble they can get into in the small amount of time you might be in the bathroom or reheating some food. *ugh*
Comment by Sam Tsang on August 19, 2009 at 8:36am
A tired corgi will not have the energy to get in trouble :)
Comment by Bev Levy on August 19, 2009 at 8:12am
Usually when the corgis are older they don't need alot of exercise although they still like it. With a young dog it is the best way to avoid many undesirable behaviors. You win this one but that is why women are usually the main caregiver of children! If men raised the kids the human race would probably extinct! LOL! (sorry in advance to all of you enlightened guys out there. You are still in the minority)
Comment by Carlie on August 19, 2009 at 7:12am
I know, only based on my two corgis, they need a lot of exercise...A LOT...we have to bring our dogs to the park everyday along with 30 minute walk in the morning and a 30 minute walk at night. If we don't do that they are CRAZY at night. You are completely correct in this argument. I'm sure he doesn't need to go everyday, but you'll notice a difference I'm sure on the days you don't go.There's the saying " A tired pup is a happy pup"...it's true. Good luck!
Comment by Sarah C. on August 19, 2009 at 5:35am
Your boyfriends method would not even work with a child. Unless you're running out the door to take him somewhere every time he's naughty, I doubt he associates the activities with his naughtiness. It's probably great for his health, and great for your health.
Is it too much for you? Are you having fun going to the park every day and excercising every day?
Could it be that your boyfriend is... jealous? Is taking Eddy out all the time cutting in on your together time? Maybe you should cut back on some park time some days so that you can take some time to be with the boyfriend.
Boyfriends. If you don't take them out to play enough they become naughty, barky boys too.

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