Walkies! How much is too much for my dog?
December 5, 2006 3:46 AM Subscribe
How much walking is too much walking for my dog?
posted by tomble to Pets & Animals (8 answers total)
I like to walk to work and back daily. The trip there and back is about 2.5 hours, totalling 13 kilometers (8miles), mostly on asphalt and concrete. Luckily for me I can take my dog to work, however I am worried that I might be walking her too far daily and damaging her feet.
She's a 15 month old medium size Staffy / Kelpie cross, so she has pretty long legs, and she seems to enjoy the walk a great deal, but I don't want to cause her pain or any foot problems.
Also, occasionally I go for very long walks. What would be the farthest I could safely take her, assuming mostly asphalt / concrete paths.
Final part - what should I look for on her feet to try and see problems coming? She has dark skin, but there are some small, slightly lighter patches on her forepaws. Is this a problem in the making? The skin seems even and unbroken.