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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

How Much Exercise Do Australian Shepherds Need?

Is a 30 min walk and 1 hour of training (agility, obedience, frisbee, tracking ect.) enough for an Australian Shepherd?

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How much IS enough
by: Mojo's Mom

I understand our baby (8 months old, puppy/teenager) needs lots of exercise, however, how much is enough? Side note, he has been extremely easy to train with sit, wait (feeding & treat time especially) & bathroom commands. Not so much with jumping up on people... Very loyal.❤️

Depends on the dog
by: Shannon

I think that depends on your dog, his/her age, and whether the dog is from show or working lines. Some dogs need more, some less. Additionally, some dogs are content with physical exercise while others MUST have sufficient mental stimulation to be stable and happy. No one can say with any certainty what will be enough for your dog. I had a heeler mix who did daily training, weekend hiking, daily jogging (~3 miles), daily fetch in a field, and several dog park visits a week for the first eight years of his life. Way more than I had banked on, but otherwise he was just not as happy as he could be.

One thing I would advise is try to have mini training sessions throughout the day. If the walk and training are all clustered in a two hour time frame after you get home from work, your dog is probably still going to be bored and possibly destructive for the rest of the day, especially knowing that when you leave in the morning there is a good long period of nothing to do. Group training for any of the activities you mentioned also offers a lot more bang for your time buck because being in a new environment with different sights/people/smells is far more mentally exhausting than anything that you can do on your own property.

I take advantage of our daily walk as a training session as well--sitting at stops, periodically "watching" me, weaving through legs and the like. Our daily walk is about an hour.

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