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I was just wondering?

Post by flaviamccurdy » 31 Mar 2010, 10:15

Hi Guys,
I was ready one of the post yesterday about how much exercise your dogs have and it made me wondering if Sophie is happy enough with what we give her?

She is 12 months old and I do my best to exercise her as much as I can, so I thought I should ask your opinion on the subject, her routine is as follows;

Monday she has a dog walker and goes out for 30 to 45 mins in the evening I walker for 20 minutes

Tuesday; 45 to 1 hour walk then 20 mins in the evening

Wed; 45 to 1hour or more depending on the route we take plus 20 mins in
the evening.

Thursday , 45 to hour in the morning and 20 mins in the evening or if the weather is good we go to the field and have a of lead constant chasing ball games , I take 2 ball so when she get one and brings it back I through the other one straight away so she doesn't stop running.

Friday ; 45 to 1hour walk and 20 mins in the evening.
Sat and Sunday; weather permitting we go to the field or park with her.


Play ;In the house through her toys and she retrieves it, she loves it and after a while gets tired and flops on the floor.

She also has her mad running around the garden moments but after a while she is ok.

She is very calm in the house and hasn't destroy anything and she hardly ever bark only when there is a strange noise or my neighborhood who for some reason she doesn't like?

She get brushed every two day, which by the way she loves, she lies on the table and lets me brush her and she also gets to lick my ear yuck!!
she also gets lots of fuss from all of us ( me , hubby, Jack 3 and Ale 5)

Can't take her with me to do the school run as dogs are not allowed around the school, so while the kids are at school and play school I do all the exercise routine with her I hope she is happy? I really I'm doing my best to meet all her needs. what do you think?

Sorry for the long post.
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Post by Bid » 31 Mar 2010, 10:20

It sounds like she has a lovely life to me! I think that the fact she is calm in the house says a lot - she would be destructive if she wasn't getting enough exercise.

Ths only thing I would say, is to be careful of an intensive session with a ball. A walk with games that include some ball throwing is great, but too much contant retrieving isn't very good for their joints. It's the running and sudden stopping which can do some harm.
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Post by Lola » 31 Mar 2010, 10:31

on your walks is she mostly on lead or off lead?

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Post by KateW » 31 Mar 2010, 11:06

Bid wrote:It sounds like she has a lovely life to me! I think that the fact she is calm in the house says a lot - she would be destructive if she wasn't getting enough exercise.

Ths only thing I would say, is to be careful of an intensive session with a ball. A walk with games that include some ball throwing is great, but too much contant retrieving isn't very good for their joints. It's the running and sudden stopping which can do some harm.
I agree with Bid. The other thing which is great is to have a friend with a nice dog to walk with; this tops up their socialisation and gives them lots of fun playing together.

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Post by Clare » 31 Mar 2010, 11:10

Sounds like a lovely life to me,
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Post by flaviamccurdy » 31 Mar 2010, 12:13

Lola wrote:on your walks is she mostly on lead or off lead?

Paul
on the lead. is that ok?

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Post by Lola » 31 Mar 2010, 12:41

flaviamccurdy wrote:
Lola wrote:on your walks is she mostly on lead or off lead?

Paul
on the lead. is that ok?
Well... Yes it is. But 'if it were my dog' it wouldnt be enough.

The trouble with dogs is that they can/like to move alot quicker than we can so a fast walk for you is slow motion for them. This is why Lola is nearly always off lead, she runs in front, comes back, goes left, goes right ect ect. So in an off lead walk she will be getting 10x the exercise as an on lead walk.

But please dont think im saying you're not doing enough because i'm not, i'm just giving you my point of view.

Cheers,

PAul

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Re: I was just wondering?

Post by Clairejen » 31 Mar 2010, 15:27

I was worried that the dog walking thread would make people feel bad if they walked theirs less. It sounds like you do a lot with her, and have a garden for her to run about in too, which we don't (ours is too tiny for dashing). With the better weather and lighter evenings you will have more opportunities for outings, and a friend, as Katherine suggests, would be a wonderful way of getting more running in the time available.
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Re: I was just wondering?

Post by flaviamccurdy » 31 Mar 2010, 16:06

Clairejen wrote:I was worried that the dog walking thread would make people feel bad if they walked theirs less. It sounds like you do a lot with her, and have a garden for her to run about in too, which we don't (ours is too tiny for dashing). With the better weather and lighter evenings you will have more opportunities for outings, and a friend, as Katherine suggests, would be a wonderful way of getting more running in the time available.
Yes, that's true, on Monday's Sophie dog walker walks her with Toby a golden retriever. She loves him and jumps up to try to play and I have started a Lichfield labradoodle club on facebook to try to find other labradoodles or dogs to go on a walk and play with Sophie. I have also tried to arrange play dates with some of Sophie's doggy friends hopefully with the better weather they will say yes to an outing to the field with us.

I've also taken up running ( I'm doing a running program that will ease me to run up to half an hour non stop) so she runs with me. I haven't run for 3 weeks though weather to bad! but once it get better I'll get back to it.

Oh and I also thought about taking her roller skating with me, but I have to master the skating and stopping first! :lol:

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Post by KateW » 31 Mar 2010, 17:22

Clairejen wrote:I was worried that the dog walking thread would make people feel bad if they walked theirs less. It sounds like you do a lot with her, and have a garden for her to run about in too, which we don't (ours is too tiny for dashing). With the better weather and lighter evenings you will have more opportunities for outings, and a friend, as Katherine suggests, would be a wonderful way of getting more running in the time available.
I was thinking exactly the same earlier, Claire. Our walking schedule is for my benefit as much as for Rufus; it was a great relief to me when he was old enough to walk freely as it is my favourite form of exercise. Can't bear gyms so it's beach and country walking and a bit of yoga for me :)

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