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4/25/16 1:13 P

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I see this thread is kind of old..but I so know that guilt!! Even more so now that I have started running. I tried to run with Miss Lilo and I am sure one day it will happen but right now she thinks it's a big game when I run. So I leave work and go directly to my run before I get home. If I go home first and Miss Lilo sees me, I will never get out alone. She will look at me with those beautiful amber eyes and I will give in!
I still take her for a 40 to 60 minute walk pretty much as soon as I walk into the house whether I have ran or not and of course her 20 to 30 minutes in the morning too. Then there is belly rub time, fetch, etc...



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8/20/11 5:23 A

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what means IMHO?

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8/19/11 12:50 P

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I gotta say, IMHO, that you are already doing a lot of exercising with your dog buddy and he has a dog walker come 4 days a week. i, personally, wouldn't feel the LEAST bit guilty about wanting to run by myself, and it would probably hurt the dog. if you feel guilty after running, how about playing with your dog when you are home and all cleaned up. i am sure that the dog isn't going to be hurt if you take some time for yourself.

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7/25/11 5:04 A

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our bishon can't go running with us either. But that just means, I first run and then we go to the god park. Or vice versa. you are not a bad mum if you take you time.

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7/7/11 2:56 P

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don't feel bad.you have to have time for yourself as well.

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6/29/11 2:13 P

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I've got the a similar issue. My basenji mix can't keep up on my runs. I have found, however, that he likes to sit in his chair and watch when I do exercise videos.

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6/15/11 6:02 P

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First off, I don't think the remaining 15# you need or want to lose can be called "vanity pounds".

Secondly, if you're walking him an hour and 10 minutes every day and have a helper 4 days per week, you're already giving him more time and attention than most dog owners do and you need to have time for yourself ~ there's nothing wrong with that.

You don't say how often you bathe or groom him ~ that can be a very special bonding time for the both of you & since he's so little can be done in not much time at all. When I started grooming Bismarck as a puppy, he didn't like it very much but one day out of the blue, he decided that grooming was the next best thing to eating steak.

Lastly, I agree with the poster who said maybe you could go to the gym before coming home so that when you get home, your focus is on him. Maybe you could use evening hours and/or the weekend to teach him some tricks? Again, that's another way to bond & it also engages his mind.

Good luck to you!

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6/3/11 8:59 P

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I understand your guilt! My Phillip (Basenji Mix) wants to go out every time I do. I walk him for 40 minutes every day (20 min ea morning & evening) and run by myself for 3-4 4 1 hour sessions per week. On the off days, I do exercises at home so he can see me from his chair.

It took a while, but he's gotten used to the fact that he stays at home while I run.

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5/31/11 8:45 P

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How about using some type of stroller, I have seen then in the Dr Fosterand Smith pet supply catalog

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5/29/11 8:44 P

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Alternatively, find ways to take your puppy with you on the runs! If she can keep up for a while, you might just alternate having her run with you and carry her. Bonus: you'll get some arm toning in by carrying the dog around! If you don't think that would work well, you might look into some sort of carrying bag/sling thing. You could wear it, he could ride, and both of you would get to spend the time together.

It will depend on the dog though how well either of those work: mine will tolerate being in a bag for a bike ride, but if I'm walking she wants to be able to run along side, until she gets too tired and makes me carry her.

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5/27/11 10:54 P

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Maybe the idea of doing multiple things will work. Some days take your dog for the walk and some days if you need some time to get out, go to the gym.

I really like to have some exercise DVD's to do because I have too force myself to get out. I also have depression and anxiety. I have a little Yorkie and although small she still wants to go for a walk. Some days I play with her, let her chase her ball etc.

Leila also has some anxiety separation so I know how you feel about guilt. I hate leaving her home alone but she usually sleeps while I'm gone.

Lots of good ideas everyone wrote about. I hope you find the right answer that fits you and your doggies lifestyle. It's a plus that you have someone come and walk your dog during the day too.

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5/24/11 1:02 A

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I exercise 2 Border Collies Mon-Fri, and also take care of them, and the cats when the owner goes out of town. She knows I treat the dogs and cats as if they were mine. That has been such a relief for her. The dogs love it when I come and play ball with them. So don't feel guilty. I would take your dog for a walk when you get home, then while he is resting, go to the gym and work out for 30 or 40 mins. Then the rest of the eve. is for you and your dog. I think it will all come together for you.

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Yep, I think the circuit training sounds like a feasible idea. You probably are down to where you need to do some super toning and strength training will certainly take care of that for you. If you really need to lose more, you really need to work up an extended sweat, so maybe the gym is a good place as you could treadmill and work up to a real good speed and incline, then switch to a bike and spin your legs off awhile (sweat some more) then switch to the elipitcal and sweat even more and cool down on the treadmill! Now, granted this may seem like alot of work, but it'll ease your guilt about taking the dog since you cannot take him to the gym, plus you'll be able to do cardio 3 ways for as long as you can possible handle it and you don't have to do it every day. You're regular walk &/or run will do it for the other days and teh doggie. Hope these suggestions help! Don't feel guilty.......we assign alot of emotion to our fur-babies that really isn't there, so yeah, he'd like a walk, but he doesn't get mad . It's ok if he doesn't get to go EVERY time.

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5/23/11 9:46 A

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If you only have 15 lbs. to lose you have reached your health goals and only have vanity pounds left to lose. Congratulations on that. If you want to avoid leaving for a long period of time every day you could try circuit training type DVD's. Jillian Michaels has made some excellent ones that will give you all the benefits of a cardio workout plus strength training. Losing the weight without building muscle just through running would be much harder. You could just go out to run once or twice a week or on the weekend. You may find that if you do some more muscle building that you find you don't need or want lose more weight. I find my weight staying the same or going up when I work on upper body strength but my clothes sure fit better.
About the anxiety and depression it depends on the causes but I would also highly recommend Jillian Michaels book "Unlimited". You can take a look at the reviews of it on amazon.com
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Hey guys. :) I'm new here. I need to talk to some fellow dog lovers about exercise and losing weight ... and dog ownership.

I'm owned by an 8 pound chihuahua cross puppy. We go for a one hour walk every single day, rain or shine. I work 8 hours a day, so we usually go for a ten minute walk first thing in the morning and then out hour long walk at 5 when I get home.

My problem is, I want to get back into my own workout routine (running outside or the gym), and I just feel so darn guilty leaving him again to go work on my own fitness after he has been alone all day. Now, a dogwalker DOES come 4 days a week to walk him for half an hour everyday at noon ... but it doesn't alleviate my guilt.

How do you guys deal with that? Running with him is out of the question - he can't keep up, I've tried.

I would so appreciate anyone's thoughts. I'm single so he would be alone again for another hour in the evening should I decide to start to work out. I have 15 pounds to lose and am dealing with anxiety and depression ... I KNOW exercise would be good for me, but I just don't know if that will make me a terrible dog owner,

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