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curious as to dog walking

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 08:39 AM
I'm curious as to how much people walk their dogs, its probably been asked before.
with Brina , I go out at 5:15 am for a 45 minute walk, then at noon we play fetch etc in the back yard for 30 minutes then an hour walk after supper, did I mention the weird lady next door that will cross the road when she see's us yelling "your dog is cross, its black, your dog will attack, its black" (wish I could copy her accent on here *L*)

anyways, I'm curious like I said, with fosters also, I imagine they have to be walked often to get to know how they are on a leash, do you take them with your dog(s), or separate? what time do you have to get up in the mornings in order to walk them all......when I first had Whisper/Skylar, I'd walk her first then do Brina, once she was checked out at the vets and I let them meet it became much easier to walk them together 3 times a day.

Golden Girls
July 7th, 2009, 08:49 AM
I have always followed a routine, on average I'd say 3 hrs a day. 1st thing in the morning when I get home from work, mid afternoon is the longest where I go to Angrignon and again 9 ish at night.

It's not only important for the exercise/socialization it's also very stimulating sniffing around doing what dogs love to do

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 08:50 AM
and if it rains or storms GG? sometimes I'll hold off a bit to see if it lets up, like this morning, so our walk was late

Golden Girls
July 7th, 2009, 08:53 AM
It has never changed, rain or snow Brandi won't even pee in her backyard I have no choice. Besides I too need/love fresh air no matter what season.

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Goldengirls and I are the only ones that walk our dogs??

Golden Girls
July 7th, 2009, 12:25 PM
LOL I think alot of people are away. Speaking of it's pouring anyone want to meet up at Angrignon :)

mollywog
July 7th, 2009, 12:31 PM
I'm here!!
I walk Molly to the park in the mornings for a big game of fetch to really wear her out, sometimes a short walk in the afternoon, and then usually DH and I will take her for a 20-30 min walk after dinner.
she does spend a lot of time outside on a tie-out when I am home, which seems stimulating for her, but man would I love a fenced in yard!!! one day....

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 12:48 PM
oh I hear you Molly, Brina loves being outside on the deck when I'm home, she has a 60 foot tie out, we inquired about fencing our yard, just for the equipment and doing it ourselves would be upward of 5 grand,

GG I'll meet you there *L* ummm which way?

Golden Girls
July 7th, 2009, 12:59 PM
Umm, that way "pointing" lol

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 01:04 PM
*L* thanks

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 01:15 PM
I will walk them in the mornings ( if I can move) for a small walk. or I will wait until around lunch time, that walk will be a little longer ( as long as it's not to hot.. Archie can only go for a short walk on very hot days)
then I will wait until late at night when hubby is home to take them for about an hour.

fall and winter time is different.


Spring and summer = 2 walks and some play time

fall and winter = 2 walks and a lot of snow/play time :D



and GG I thought it was this was pointing in the other direction :p

kandy
July 7th, 2009, 01:26 PM
I don't really have a set routine for walking the dogs. It depends on the weather and other factors and honestly in the cold months, they don't get walked as much as they should. Since DH takes Hazel to work most days, he walks her for 30-45 minutes before going to the shop, and again for 30-45 min before they come home. If he's not super busy, he'll also take a break sometime during the day for a walk.

I have to be to work fairly early, and I'm not a morning person so on weekdays Malone gets a long walk in the evenings when I get home. He's not much of a morning dog either, he doesn't get out of bed until after I'm in the shower - and then he only goes as far as the couch to continue his snooze. We work off the rest of his energy playing fetch or some other game with him.

When we are at the lake during the summer weekends, we take them for a couple of walks each day down the shoreline where they chase the birds or just play in the water. They also swim alot.

I try to avoid walking them together if I have to have them on leash. I have a tandem leash, but I can't control the two of them as well as I can control either of them alone. It's only a problem if they see something they'd like to chase, like a squirrel - but there are tons of squirrels in my neighborhood.

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 01:30 PM
thanks Breeze!!!!!! *looks in both directions*

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 01:30 PM
what is a tandem leash,??

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 01:31 PM
thanks Breeze!!!!!! *looks in both directions*

don't forget up and down too :D:D

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 01:35 PM
you cant fool me, if I go "up" I'll be in Massena NY!!!

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 01:52 PM
you cant fool me, if I go "up" I'll be in Massena NY!!!


:laughing::laughing::laughing:

kandy
July 7th, 2009, 01:53 PM
what is a tandem leash,??

It's a leash that has hooks for 2 collars:
http://www.jbpet.com/Double-Dog-Leash,1138.html

Golden Girls
July 7th, 2009, 02:04 PM
Sun is trying to peek out. I keep getting soaked, weather is so unrealiable lately. Rain, cloud, sun then a storm all within the same hour, nuts.
you cant fool me, if I go "up" I'll be in Massena NY!!!So then just come down, we'll walk barefoot in the rain.

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 02:04 PM
It's a leash that has hooks for 2 collars:
http://www.jbpet.com/Double-Dog-Leash,1138.html

now I understand..

I tried that with Bree and Archer but it didn't work to well... so now I use two leashes :thumbs up:thumbs up one short ( which ever one is beside me, that's usally Bree) and one longer one other wise Arch pees on Bree :laughing::laughing:

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 02:05 PM
*L* I'd love to GG!!

kandy
July 7th, 2009, 02:54 PM
now I understand..

I tried that with Bree and Archer but it didn't work to well... so now I use two leashes :thumbs up:thumbs up one short ( which ever one is beside me, that's usally Bree) and one longer one other wise Arch pees on Bree :laughing::laughing:

If both dogs are walking calmly, it works ok. But if one is moving faster than the other, they run into each other. If it's Malone running into Hazel, then she thinks he is trying to play and she'll stop to try and wrestle with him. If it's Hazel running into Malone, he gets mad and trys to avoid her - which makes them run into each other more. LOL

breeze
July 7th, 2009, 03:02 PM
If both dogs are walking calmly, it works ok. But if one is moving faster than the other, they run into each other. If it's Malone running into Hazel, then she thinks he is trying to play and she'll stop to try and wrestle with him. If it's Hazel running into Malone, he gets mad and trys to avoid her - which makes them run into each other more. LOL

I had that, But it's always Archie that starts ( he doesn't walk straight) he likes to cut Bree off sometimes, :laughing:
until I found out that the shorter and longer leash works for me, and lots and lots of training.. we still have our "off" days, thats when we cut the walk even shorter and head home..:D:D

ahhh the joys of two dogs..:thumbs up:thumbs up

and by the way I don't think I have seen pictures lately of your two hint hint wink wink...

Melinda
July 7th, 2009, 03:05 PM
when I had whisper/skylar here , I used two 20 foot ropes to walk them *LOL* man would they get tangled...usually around my legs

babymomma
July 7th, 2009, 03:44 PM
It irritates eme when people say they dont walk their dogs:shrug: I dont care how long they play inside/outside the house. A dog still needs a stable walk, they DO have a walking instinct Dontcha know!.,. lol.. Ok, Rant time over , Wait, actually, one more thing. I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE ASSUME JUST BECAUSE A DOG IS SMALL, IT DOESNT NEED A WALK. :wall: Ok, now im done.


Keely gets walked, every day, twice a day.. Shes a terrier, I think its mandatory.:laughing:

FlamesGirl
July 7th, 2009, 04:25 PM
I don't stick much to a routine time-wise, but I take Ranger out for 2-3 walks a day. 2 are usually in the 40 min range and the other is about 20 mins. I try to get one longer walk done in the morning before work and the others are usually at lunch and in the evening. Plus we go out for 2-3 15 - 20 mins training sessions sporadically during the day.

He's about 10 months to a year old and fairly calm so sometimes when I'm sick (or being lazy) we just go for one walk, but I'll usually pay for it the next day. Lately he's been super high energy so it's good I'm starting to run again this week!

hazelrunpack
July 7th, 2009, 09:02 PM
We don't walk the Pack. The Pack is self-exercising (thank Dawg! Walking 8 dogs would more than fill up my day! :laughing:) We have a large fenced-in yard (actually, several of them) and they get hours to play. And, of course, in late autumn and early winter they get regular outings in the woods.

The vets are always marveling at how slow and steady their heartbeats are and what good muscle tone they have. Luckily, my dogs aren't small so babymomma won't be irritated at me for not walking them! :laughing: Sorry, bm...just couldn't resist :p

Rottielover
July 7th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Harley and roxy get at least 3 walks a day, the longest one being lunch time because Kayla is not with me. But they come out side with us every time we play.
They also get many training sessions a day which tires them out mentally :)

TwinTails
July 7th, 2009, 09:21 PM
When we have a dog around, it's walked several times a day :D Of course, my Mom now walks Sadie several times a day. My brother however, their Alaskan husky is given the yard to run (not a big yard either, just a little one), as they don't have time to take them out every day :sad:

babymomma
July 7th, 2009, 09:29 PM
We don't walk the Pack. The Pack is self-exercising (thank Dawg! Walking 8 dogs would more than fill up my day! :laughing:) We have a large fenced-in yard (actually, several of them) and they get hours to play. And, of course, in late autumn and early winter they get regular outings in the woods.

The vets are always marveling at how slow and steady their heartbeats are and what good muscle tone they have. Luckily, my dogs aren't small so babymomma won't be irritated at me for not walking them! :laughing: Sorry, bm...just couldn't resist :p

lol, i can excuse you this time hazel:laughing: i think you have good reason not to walk them though:p

Chaser
July 7th, 2009, 10:16 PM
We honestly only do one walk a day, about 45 minutes....with all the wrestling/fetching/chasing they do they both nap often, are happy and don't appear destructive/bored, and are strong and muscular and our vet said Chase is the doggie equivalent of Lance Armstrong based on his resting heart rate.

We started walking them seperately recently, because they've developed a very negative pack mentality - they behave much better when they are separated, so I'm focusing on training with Chase and DH takes Kailey. Together they are just too hyper and don't listen....Chase is a totally different dog when he just walks with me. When he's with Kailey he copies her leash aggression....which was never there before and isn't present when he isn't with her. :shrug:

TeriM
July 7th, 2009, 11:55 PM
I usually do one walk per day with Riley that is about an hour or slightly more. That usually includes about 15-20 min on leash and the rest is full on off leash crazy dog time on the local hiking trails. If we did not have that ability to go off leash he would probably require twice the walking time to keep us all sane :D. Weekends usually have longer walks/hikes.

Lucy is 13 now so her walks are a much slower saunter pace. I try to do a shorter walk one day (20 min approx) and then a longer walk every second day or so (30-45 min). She can also occassionally handle longer days as long as it is a slow pace that allows for lots of sniffing breaks :lovestruck:. I am sometimes guilty if it has been a long day of skipping her walks but I also really want to maintain some muscle tone on her so I try not to.

Mom_Of_Two_Dogs
July 8th, 2009, 01:04 AM
I have no special set routine for my dogs, I do try to go out every day with them. If I miss a few days or so due to bad weather, etc, they don't complain.

Melinda
July 8th, 2009, 06:37 AM
but what about fosters? thanks for all the replies

Dog Dancer
July 8th, 2009, 04:51 PM
I missed this yesterday, had company and didn't get on last night. Shadow and Halo go out every morning at 5:30 am. We walk for about 1/2 hour. Shadow goes out with me at lunch for about 15 minutes. Halo wanders the yard all day with dad. Both get a walk again after dinner for anywhere between 1/2 hour and one hour depending on the weather and their mood as well as mine. If they're being dopey it's shorter. On weekends I try to get them out for a third walk. No offleash park playing though, Shadow is too dog aggressive. Halo pulls so much on her walks she doesn't realize it can make them shorter though.

babymomma
July 8th, 2009, 06:42 PM
lol.. Just heading out for walk #3! haha. IF i had fosters, I would DEFINATLY take them for a walk!

babymomma
July 8th, 2009, 09:53 PM
Oh, wanna add, I also walk dogs in my community. Kacee my neglect case. And bear my "my owner is too sick to take me for walk but i love them" case :D love them both. Would do anything in the world, for both!

Stacer
July 8th, 2009, 09:54 PM
Skylar gets 3-4 walks a day depending how our day is going. DH walks her at 7:30am for about 20mins, then I take her out when I get home from work at 3:45ish for about 30mins. Another walk in the evening, usually both of us take her and we go for a long walk. Then another short 10-15 min walk before bed.

She amazes me with her ability to hold her bladder. Not once since we got her has she ever "told us" that she has to pee. We always initiate walks, she never asks. You'd swear she uses the toilet when we're not looking.

maneater
July 8th, 2009, 10:31 PM
During the summer my chi's get walked for about an hour every night. They usually get tired and end up with the baby in the wagon. (anyone who has ever walked 2 chi's and pulled a 19 month old in a wagon knows how much fun an hour walk can be) Labs get 2 1 hour walks a day plus they spend all day out in the back yard running around with the older boys. I don't walk my chi's outside in the winter time simply because they would become chihuahuasicles. But I do run them around the basement for a few hours a day to tire them out. I wish we had an indoor dog walk for smaller dogs because they need their exercise too.

Melinda
July 9th, 2009, 06:07 AM
Skylar gets 3-4 walks a day depending how our day is going. DH walks her at 7:30am for about 20mins, then I take her out when I get home from work at 3:45ish for about 30mins. Another walk in the evening, usually both of us take her and we go for a long walk. Then another short 10-15 min walk before bed.

She amazes me with her ability to hold her bladder. Not once since we got her has she ever "told us" that she has to pee. We always initiate walks, she never asks. You'd swear she uses the toilet when we're not looking.

did I not mention that on the adoption papers??? oh and she likes charmin toilet paper best *L*
seriously, a full grown mature dog can supposedly hold it for 24 hours...not that I want to test that theory

Golden Girls
July 9th, 2009, 06:45 AM
maneater LOL re chi's in baby wagon

babymomma that's just wonderful you even walk other owner's neglected pups, like Chico :thumbs up

Hazel 8 :eek: where would you begin and would it ever end :)

Skylar gets 3-4 walks a day depending how our day is going. She amazes me with her ability to hold her bladder. Not once since we got her has she ever "told us" that she has to pee. We always initiate walks, she never asks. You'd swear she uses the toilet when we're not looking.I find if you have a routine their bladder will work around that but (3-4 walks :thumbs up)she doesn't need to use the toilet :laughing:

I know a wonderful owner who (no choice) but their dog must hold it for up to 12 hrs but I'm not sure the kind of damage that'll do later on not to mention must be painful. I have a key so when I can I bring her with us but it's not possible everyday.

Melinda 24 hrs :eek:

BeagleMum
July 9th, 2009, 07:01 AM
I just saw this thread.

With my two, they don't get a walk in the morning. I often have to haul Sydney out of bed, she goes out for a pee and she goes right back to bed. We used to walk in the mornings but since moving to this house and already getting up at 5:00am to go to work, we have changed our routine. I have found that with Spencer's SA, it is easier if he doesn't think that he can ever come with us in the morning. He knows that it's out for a pee, has breaky and then he goes to his kennel in the basement waiting for his treats (and he is usually sleeping by the time I Get down there). That being said, they get a nice long walk at night, usually over an hour long or a 5km bike ride which really tires them out (I will often do a loop with both dogs then drop Sydney off at home and do another loop with just Spencer because he has more energy and likes the bike. We also play ball and whatever and they wrestle. By 8:00pm, they are both passed out on the couch. It's a great sight to see.

BeagleMum
July 9th, 2009, 07:06 AM
Oh, and I forgot to mention too, on the weekends we get together with friends and either let the dogs play somewhere fenced in or we go for a long hike on their long leashes. It is usually somewhere through the bush where their noses can really get a workout.

bluestar
July 9th, 2009, 07:21 AM
We have a set routine for walks and never get to sleep in. Ever. They both get up around 6:00 am waiting for the morning walk.

On weekdays they get a 1/2 hour walk at 6:00 am in the morning. Breakfast at 6:30, then it is usually a short chase each other around and drop for a nap. At 1:00 pm at lunch they get out for 10-15 minutes for a potty break and then back to napping. At 5:00 pm after getting home they get out for 30-45 minutes, depending on how hot it is and how many of their friends are out to be greeted. 6:00 is dinner and then another play time and nap. 8:00 pm is a walk of 45 minutes, less if the weather is rainy. Then inside and play followed by bed time. Winter time the walks get shortened in really cold weather like -15 when the salt really bothers their feet.

Sometimes the evening walk will be substituted with a walk at the dog park around 7:00 pm. They don't play much at the park, Duke just tends to sniff out every inch and Toby will follow us around as we are following Duke to make sure he doesn't eat anything he shouldn't. This would be followed by a short potty break at 10:00 pm before bed. On weekends they'll get either a longer walk at lunch or a trip to the park.

luckypenny
July 9th, 2009, 09:09 AM
In regards to fosters, most of ours are/have been young pups not utd on vaccines so walks always depend on the individual dog/pup. Where we live now, there's ample space on our property to leash walk/train...we usually do this several times a day in the front yard. We also umbilical with them getting them used to a leash and to following us. For those utd on shots, I take them into the city 1-2 times per week to socialize and get them used to traffic noise/pedestrians in case they get adopted in town. For exercise, we don't leash walk as they have a fenced-in acre to run, chase, and play with us and with our dogs. They have access to the outdoors all day long.

I seldom leash walk our own dogs far off the property as many folk around here let their pets roam. Penny can be leash aggressive and Lucky does not tolerate un-neutered males approaching/meeting him. They, too, exercise each other, chase birds flying overhead endlessly, play fetch/retrieve, dig, and we run them til they're pooped by practicing their stays and recalls. They're actively running/playing an average of 4 hours per day depending on the weather (though Penny and Jasmine will not let rain ruin their fun ).

Melinda
July 9th, 2009, 09:26 AM
thanks for replying for the fosters LuckyPenny, wow,I want to adopt my next pup/dog from you! Sounds like you're the perfect foster home that trains for any and all adopters.