Catlover I agree with you, we maynot get to walk the girls daily like we want to but, we are forever playing fetch with the girls or tug of war and not to mention the puppy 500 that goes on three or four times an evening inside and outside or on nice days in and out when the doors open. SO they do get a lot of excercise other than walking.
***Edited By: glasskitty on 10/4/2006 8:51:51 PM*** Reason: spelling correction
Never. We live on a farm, so the dogs chase eachother and hangout most of the day as they please. But when they come to my aunts with me for a few days at a time (she lives in the city), we usually go for a stroll in the evening for a good half hour.
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.
I think I've taken Kiba on a walk like 4 times in the last 2 years I've had him. Maybe once with Stryder. Besides having some other reasons for not taking them.... a walk for us is not bonding time. If I wanted to socialize them, I wouldnt take them on a way where it'd be a 1 in 50 chance I'd meet someone for them to socialize with. That's what petco/dog parks/etc are for.
I have a huge unfenced in yard that the dogs have free run of. Most of the time I'll put them out and they'll play and play or come inside and play and play.
Though it also hugely depends on what breed. Would I do the same for a say herder dog? No. The same for a chihuahua or great dane? No. I do what I feel is necessary for my dogs. So dont act like we're abusing them for not talking them for a walk.
We dont generally do walks....why? for several reasons. First we have a fenced yard and my dogs also have full run of the house all day. I have toy dogs, the excercise they get racing mock speed through the hfor them. Also, with having Pugs, they are not a breed you do alot of walking/strenuous play with.
Our front fence runs close enough to the road that they can watch cars, see, hear, bark at them if they choose. And lastly, our rural country hick neighborhood is actually loaded with pet owners who refuse to confine their pets. You walk your dog on leash, your being run down by several large dogs within just the firt few other properties. No one chains, ties, leashes, kennels their dogs around here. They chase your car, etc. I wont chance having my little ones hurt by pets of irresponsible owners!
We do, however take the Beagle with us when we take walks.
I have 7 Dobermans. I am also in the middle of nowhere, but we have 4 acres fenced in for them and a doggy door. They run outside and play constantly! But I still enjoy our walks. We walk around the parimeter of the fence as a group at least once a day. I do not let them run wild as we have bears and coyotes around. I also love our individual walks, so do they. It gives mommy and daddy "alone" time with each Dobiekid, and they love that. They pass out every night about 9 and sleep until 7. I love it and those babies! See them at my site, NO puppies for sale!! Only to see my Dobiekids. Lavelledobermans.com
After I put the boys on the bus then they just play in the yard and run threw the house...but If I have been real sick they have to just run in the yard..but I noticed if they dont get there walk they tend to go outside the yard and chase chickens soooo if anyway possiable I walk them. Or they will be bad bad. Carol
We have over 3 acres the dogs play on freely, I still feel the need to walk them. Imagine if the only place you ever got to play was your house and yard every single day? (As a child). Of course you'd want to go out and see other places. Thats how I look at it for my dogs. of course they want to get out of the house and exercise somewhere else.
Why walk when they can run. When I lived in the city we would do our daily walks. Quite frankly they were a bit bored walking at my pace. Then in our small suburban back yard they would try to cut loose and run. I always wanted to have land for the dogs and myself. So, now I do. They can run their butts off chasing each other and all kinds of critters. In fact Grace who was over-weight has lost 10 lbs since becoming a rural dog. They still can socialize with people and other dogs.
LPN, your statement about pugs is so funny. I have a friend who has a pug and I got to talking to them about their walks, and they say they never take him. I was a bit upset, but then they explained that after like 1/2 a block they had to pick him up and bring him home. And he was really young!!!
They found other things to stimulate and exercise him, but I just thought that was funny.
i live in a bad part of the city,so i hardly walked the dogs at night,the rottweilers were to friendly and my border collie to mean.nothing like trying to walk your dogs in the fresh night air and a crack head trying to touch your poor dog.