I'm curious to know how often everybody walks their dogs on here. To me, walking Max twice daily is a necessity. He's not the same without it. If he's not walked daily, he isn't used to the regular outside noises.
I walk him so he associates sight and smell better. He's not phased by people walking past him, bikes, cars, loud kids, or other dogs. I personally just find it very important in his life, because it influences who he is as a dog.
I walk him twice a day. I'd say we do anywhere between 1-2 miles a day which is a lot for his size. But it's not that far, and he loves it. It's improved his leg, exercise and being outside.
I know big dogs around my neighborhood that are never walked, which I find sad, and sickening at the same time. How hard is it?
Be honest as to how much you all walk your dogs, and how often?
***Edited By: siennalovesmax on 10/4/2006 3:01:37 PM*** Reason: Add
Most days, we walk 3 times a day about 20-45 minutes each walk. We don't have a fenced in yard yet so I believe it is very important to get them outside and go for a walk. I do take them on 20 foot leads into the yard in the morning and sometimes in the evening.
I believe a walk keeps them from having destructive excess energy and a dog is meant to walk. They need the exercise and they need socialization and a chance to explore. I think they are less likely to run off or otherwise misbehave if they have already investigated their surroundings and they have been thoroughly exercised.
I don't really walk my dogs either... at least not regularly.
We play in the backyard. We have a large fenced in yard and we play chase and ball and keep away....
They go to my sons Baseball and Football practices with us - so they get socialized that way.
But honestly? The kids in our neighborhood have no impulse control... if you walk the dogs down the street you have to be prepared for kids to come running up out of nowhere and pet them without asking. It's not a comfortable situation for me or for the dogs.... so we just don't do it.
Merphy and I walk/run about 2 1/2 miles about 5 times a week. He hates it! As soon as he sees my running shoes on, he goes and hides under the couch. When I finally get him out and get his collar and leash on him, we go out in the front yard, I stretch, and he goes and hides behind a bush or something. Then, when I'm ready to go, he lays down and anchors all four feet in the grass, so I have to drag him. Once we get to the concrete, he'll start walking. And it never fails, he has to crap between the Bleckers and the house with the great dane and jrt...every single day!
Ill be totaly honest with you. I have not walked rocky in almost a year. Its not from lack of wanting to or anything he just cant handle it. I take him for a walk and with in 5 mins he has foud a yard with nice grass and falls asleep and I have to carry him home, Im kinda sick of carring him home Hes 27LBS and my 2 year old comes with us
I was walking all three of my dogs 5 - 6 days a week for at least 2 miles, but slacked off for the last few weeks. Today I took Tucker & Cooper for a 2.5 mile walk. Roxy didn't get to go b/c she attacked Cooper right before we were getting ready to go out the door. They love to go on walks and it does make them behave better in the house when they are tired. I also take them around our court every night before bedtime, ensures everyone sleeps through the night.
Cody gets walked at least 3 times a day and 20-30 mins. each walk. he loves going for his walks. when we were having problems getting him to do his big job outside we discovered if we walked him instead of just going out into the yard he caught on real fast, so after his breakfast he goes for his first walk and first big job of the day, then after supper he goes for his second walk and second big job and then around 9:20 he goes for his last walk of the evening, that one takes about 1/2 hour we go a little farther, after that he is good for the evening and so are we !
***Edited By: codys mom on 10/4/2006 4:12:24 PM*** Reason: /
Beulah gets walked EVERY day for at least 30 minutes, but about 5 of those days she gets two walks. Weekends she gets follows us around as we visit friends / family, hike, etc...
I too, have a huge fenced in yard, but she doesn't quite understand that to keep herself in good mental shape, she needs to do laps! Yes, that was a joke. The yard is no replacement for actual exercise, in my book. Heck, I have the same wonderful yard, but when I go in it, I just sit in a chair!
Not attacking people, I know it is different if you have several dogs and they have acreage...
We walk everyday and we do at LEAST 2 miles. I don't know how long it takes, I just count miles. I prefer to do around 4-5 miles. They walk off leash, I mean run, in the woods on trails. Alot of times we go swimming too. But we must do something everyday or I pay for it come bedtime.
I've read everyone's posts, and won't reply individually.
I will however, say this. NOTHING compares to the good old walk around the neighborhood or in the parks, where is the socialization in "running around the yard". Do they mix with other people, dogs, cars, regular sights and sounds.
It's acceptable if you live in a hot area and must take extra caution because of the weather, rattlesnakes, etc.
But thelifeofriley is right. I personally, pay for it come bedtime. They need it.. well max does.
I would love to be able to say we walk our dogs like some of the people here two to three times aday. But I wouldn't be able to work and be full time RN student if I done that. Honestly we walk a dogs 3-4 times we walk them anywhere a half mile to mile or more each time. Since we live in a town. We travel 30 miles to state park which allows dogs and we walk there trails. Then have our autumn picnic in the park.
I think what is just as important as how often you walk your dog is, how FAR you walk, and what other kind of exercise the dog gets. We walk Maggie every day, no exceptions. A short walk is 1 mile. Average day-2 miles. On weekends, we usually walk 3-4 miles. But on weekdays, especially with it getting dark earlier, there is simply not enough time to go for a 4 mile walk. So on a short walk day, we play with the frisbee or her football in the backyard for about 1/2 hour. And that 1/2 hour actually provides her with more exercise than a long walk, because she is doing a lot of running and it is also mentally stimulating. Makes for a happy (and tired) dog!