Am I Exercising My Aussie Enough?
by Carla Doyle
Hello! I have a 5.5 month Aussie, Luna. She is my first Australian Shepherd! She is an amazing dog, but I find myself worrying about her exercise needs.
During the week, she gets 1-2 daily long walks (2+ miles) and a couple shorter 15 minute walks in between. On the weekends we go to the dog park or drive out somewhere to walk/hike. I have another dog, and they enjoy play fighting, and we take both of them to a half acre field a few times a week to run around as well as some fetching toys and tug of war inside. We do 1-3 short training sessions a day, and she is enrolled in a puppy class.
When she gets older, I would like to begin frisbee and some jogging. She is always falling asleep at around nine at night, and when we aren't able to play with her right away, she doesn't seem to mind napping or chewing on a toy.
Am I doing enough? Every time that I go on and Aussie-related website it says that Aussies need TONS and TONS of exercise. Am I doing enough?