My lot get an hours road walk on leads every morning before work. We are lucky enough to have a large secure garden, so after that they can go out as much or little as they like (this, of course, depends on the weather!). On my days off, I try to give them at least a couple of hours free-run on the beach - great for tiring out the puppies!
We are lucky enough we live in the city but we live on what they call a double city lot so our yard is big. Like 120 accross and 240 deep. City will not let us fence front yard and I really dislike that. Jaycee gets out front door then what. We have small deck on front so we may make a gate at the steps so just in case Jaycee gets out. City and there rules fence makes front yards look bad. So we planted holly's all way accross front.
We do not have a fenced yard or a dog park nearby, so other than the B-500 all of Ella's exercise comes from walks. Kind of puts the pressure on to cover some ground.
Now that it is summer Ella gets between 40-75 minutes in the morning. We usually cover between 2-4 miles. We often hike straight uphill on the ski area and the walk/hike is quite rigorous. That was my morning routine for many years before the Basenji. Mid-day is usually a short walk–10-15 minutes. In the evening we do another 40-60 minutes, depending on how long our morning walk was. On the weekends she usually gets at least little extra. Our longest hike so far is about 4 hours and we gained over 4000 vertical feet. She was a little tired when we got home.
In general, I have to say that I have not noticed a huge difference in her behavior based on how much exercise she gets on a given day. Maybe after several days of below average exercise she might start to cause more trouble than usual.
My truth….I have 2 couch potatoes during the week. They "hunt" in the backyard when I'm home and run in the house when the yard is too damp. The rest of the time, they're asleep under the covers on our bed.
They get (their favorite) leash walking time 3 x's a day when it's the rainy season. They follow me where ever I go when I'm gardening. Other than that, we play with them in the house or yard in the evenings and are always on the alert for the signs that additional exercise is needed. When that happens, we just do casual walks in the neighborhood, making sure they mark/pee the out-of-gate areas on our property in case--God forbid-- they ever get loose; they then have personal markers to find their way home.
Other than that, we take them with us whenever we can to any public venue that allows dogs, on the weekends.
A fenced backyard and a doggie door are a Godsend (for me). My 2 are right now doing a b500 indoor to outdoor racetrack repetition. Sometimes I wonder how they make it through the dog door at such speeds without accidents that create brain damage.
Family x lifestyle x basenji personality = what ever is best for you and your dogs.
I just tend to give Tilly the same exercise i give my dobes - although she actually gets a bit more than them. First thing in morning they run about the field - but dont really tend to spend too long - especially if its raining - 20 minutes probably. Tilly goes to my mums house during the day, and gets LOTS of short on lead walks - usually about 5 or 6 x 20 minutes each. At night I like to do about 3-4 miles road work - sometimes double that if i want to get get one toned up for a show (or more usually if i have had a bad day at work - a good long walk is the best way to clear your head and saves you shouting at your other half!)- and they all get as much free running as they want in our garden - about 1 acre. But mostly after their walk at night they are happy to just curl up infront of the stove and sleep. At the weekends we tend to go a couple of good walks (1.5 hrs x 2) per day - more for our benefit than the dogs though. And the doors are always open so they can run about in the garden whenever they want.
I dont think they need as much as that - but it certainly helps their behaviour - a tired Tilly doesnt get up to half as much mischief as im sure an overactive Tilly would!
Mine gets a 15 minute walk in the morning (at least until winter) and 20-30 minutes when I get home from work. She also gets time in the morning before I leave to chase creatures in the back yard and when I come home she usually does the B-500 several times in the yard as well as chase creatures (my yard has a lot of flower beds so the pathways give her more running-around-corners room than a straight yard). We also play tag in the house at night before bedtime and a few times a week we work on obedience for mental exercise.
My 9 month old has a mile walk first thing in the morning, and because I have bad knees, she gets taken out in our golf cart two-three more times in the day, when I let her run next to it, full out. She also gets about a half mile walk before bedtime. She does her B-500 nearly every night around the house, and I take her to the dog park three times a week so she can run and play with other dogs until she's had enough - her favorite park is the one where she can play with a bunch of other Basenjis. On those nights there are no B-500's, she sleeps a lot.
On free days we walk 2 x 1,5 hour + at night a small pee round which takes around 15 minutes. Or we go to the zoo, the dog park or to track racing/coursing for a couple of hours.
When BF and I are both from home, the pups go to day care. We walk them 30-45 min before we bring them. They spent at least 2 hours outside playing with other dogs on a big field and of course interact with other dogs inside as well. When BF picks them up they get a small round (20 min). When I pick them up, I take them for a 45-60 min walk. That's often not necessary to get them tired… (they sleep in the car when I pick them up), but I think it's quality time after 7 hours without me or BF One night a week we have agility and of course we do the 15 min walk at night before going to bed. We also did obedience.. but I'm a bit out of time and energy.. so I think we'll stop that for now..
We haven't got a big garden and there are no B500's in the house. Only snoring
I'm on 5 acres and have a dedicated dogyard and an agility yard. My 2 boys don't need much exercise (they're 12.5 and 11.5) but do enjoy wondering around the dogyard and even enjoy a run in the agility yard. For my 2 year old basenji, I have a malinois with a ball and a chuck it (helps me throw the ball far). Although lately it's been interesting. The malinois has criteria; she must down and not chase the ball until being releast. Zest, the young superstar basenji in training, will chase the ball and and sometimes get it before the malinois. The mali thinks the whole thing is grossly unfair, but Zest replies "But I'm the princess." Anyway, Zest almost always knows where the ball went, but the mali often looses it.
We alternate between 8-mile bike rides, 3-mile runs, or assorted runs, hikes, walks. Loki and Freya get rather restless if they don't get at least 3 miles in every day (they are only 2.5 years old and have lots of energy). Sometimes, if we go for a long hike where there is no water, I will even make them carry water bottles for everyone in saddlebags. That way, the bags get progressively lighter as we drink the water. If I didn't bring enough water, I will actually make them carry rocks. People get this funny look on their faces when you tell them that the dogs are carrying rocks… Since the bags are red, people tend to think that they are search and rescue dogs... They actually love carrying their saddlebags as it gives them a job and they "suffer" less from Basenji "ADD".
Loki & Freya's Mom