|01-11-2013 12:42 AM|
I here this all the time, my family does not support all the time I spend with my pup, but again I have no kids for at least 5 Years. She is my kid. They think I care more about her than anyone else. Hmm everyone else could take care of themselves, feed themselves, go to the bathroom by themselves, but not my pup. Anyways they frustrate me. I think because people like my family think that dogs especially GS are just dogs on top of that just watch dogs. My parents had Rottweilers all my life, hardly dedicated any time to them, but to each it's own
Sasha gets to go to the dog park at least 4xs a week or at least off leash play everyday with a chuck it. Thanks god for that. I don't care what they think, it works for me and Sasha and I genuinely enjoy spending all my free time with her.
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|01-11-2013 12:08 AM|
|01-10-2013 11:50 PM|
Good night! You people are couch potatoes. LOL. Fiona doesn't get nearly that much exercise. That is why I am getting a thingy to get her to go along on my bike.
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|01-07-2013 08:10 PM|
Mine also do fine with some time off. Mine actually had a week recently with very little exercise, because I was out of town and our excellent pet sitter came down with a bad case of the flu right after we left, so while she still took care of their most basic needs (bless her!), she wasn't exactly taking them for runs! They were a little nuts when I got home, but we didn't have any problems with them getting destructive or crazy.
|01-07-2013 06:02 PM|
The main reason I can do all of this with her is that I'm single, no kids ... no life LOL I have lots of hobbies, but they are all solitary, and involve no action ... and the last thing I need health wise is a sedentary lifestyle!!
She can be quiet, so on the days when I've had a migraine (which thankfully, isn't that often) she will just mellow with me ... and there's always the backyard with a bone buried in it somewhere to keep her active!
|01-07-2013 05:46 PM|
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I think it is awesome that you are able to spend so much time with your dog! If your schedule allows it and your dog enjoys it...I wouldn't worry about what your friend thinks.
I am fortunate that I have a family that works like a team with our GSD. She gets a couple hours to run and play with us each day. She is very good about having days when she is extremely active and having other days when she can't be. In a perfect world, I would consistently be able to do more.
|01-07-2013 03:37 PM|
My husband and I do a lot with our dogs (though it sounds like you do even more), but I also have learned the hard way that I needed to teach them to get along without the intense daily exercise if necessary. Periodically my husband goes out of town, and on more than one occasion I found myself catering to the dogs' every whim and the second they got restless we were back outside to play or hike or go running. I think I had maybe four hours to myself in the average day. It got to be ridiculous.
So although I have the time and freedom to let my dogs go full speed all day, I refuse to do it lol. I guess if it is something you enjoy doing day after day, then good on you. My feeling would be that it would also be smart to get her used to missing a fully active day once in a while too, in case you get sick or have a crisis.
|01-07-2013 02:39 PM|
RowdyDogs ... Ky's 19 months ... so not yet an "adult" but well over a year!
I'm glad to see other people doing as much or more with their dogs too ... I figured these were the "heartiest" of dogs that could keep up (heck, I can't keep up with her!) ... so I didn't think I was overdoing it ... nice to know!
|01-07-2013 02:37 PM|
Hmmm people seem astonished when I tell them how much I do with Milla. Now I don't feel it's so much!
We walk/run 3-6 miles everyday
We do obedience of some sort everyday.
We do tracking 3-4 times a week (unless there is snow)
We just enrolled in a pre-req to an agility class which will be once a week
We train with our Schutzhund club 2 times a week
She gets at least an hour play time outside with the other dogs everyday
She goes to daycare once a week
We go on a group run/hike every Saturday morning
Ha I always told people I was normal!
|01-07-2013 01:41 PM|
I don't remember how old Kyleigh is (and it sounds like she's old enough not to worry), but generally my only caution with regards to exercise is with dogs under 1 year old. Exercise is still good and necessary, but too much or too much high-impact stuff can cause problems later in life, such as early arthritis. They won't always show a problem early, but it can still lead to cumulative damage. For young pups, it's always good to talk to the vet to determine appropriate exercise levels.
With healthy adult dogs, I say go for it! My dogs get what many consider an extreme amount of exercise as well (all-day hikes on weekends, running a few miles a day with me, walks and play and sport training on top of that), and they're all going strong--and if you look at my signature, a few of my dogs are getting up there in years and have been doing it all their lives. My vets always comment that they're some of the youngest-looking old dogs they've ever seen, and the only dog who has a problem with arthritis (and it only flares up in cold, damp weather, which we don't have much of here in Albuquerque) only has a problem with the leg he broke when he was hit by a car, and now he has pins and wires holding it together. Not to say they haven't slowed down from when they were 3 year olds, because they have...but not so much that people who don't live with them notice!
So yeah, I'd say you're doing fine. I'd rather see a dog with a lifestyle like yours than one who goes nuts sitting on the couch all day! As long as you're paying attention and will stop if she gets too tired, you're fine IMO.
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