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1/26/08 9:43 P

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I'm a Cesar fan too. Walking as a pack really helps me feel connected to my dogs in a whole different way, it's almost like the feeling you get after having a good long talk with a friend.

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1/22/08 9:55 A

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I highly recommend, for further reference, Cesar Milan (of the "Dog Whisperer" fame)'s books. According to him, dogs are roamers by nature, so traveling and exploring is necessary to not only their physical, but also their mental, well-being. As long as you're in charge, and wandering about together, it also reiterates pack dominance and keeps the dog respectful of you, as well. Good stuff! :)

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My dog is always in the mood for a walk after dinner every night. So we either take a stroll or lace up our rollerblades and skate around our neighborhood. Zoe loves it and she gets a great workout as well. She is a very energetic dog so she can go forever!

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They DEFINITELY still need walks. Dogs, like kids, don't always get enough proper exercise with just free style running around. They stop and start however they feel like and often they don't get an actual workout from it.
Mostly, however, it's an obedience and bonding thing. It's a set time each day when he/she is on the leash, listening to your commands, not bounding after squirrels, but just staying close to your side. Dogs NEED that, both for training, but also as a way to feel close to you (unless you race around the yard and play wrestle WITH them) and also be reminded that YOU are the alpha, both inside and out. Plus, it makes them so well-behaved afterwards so you can either go to work or bed without incident...

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I agree with the general flow that walks are good for them. My Shepard border collie mix is down 14.7 years old. We have walked most days in the summer I have taken her swimming. She is just starting to slow down. My vet believes it is the result of all the walks and swimming that she is still going strong at 14+. For a large breed it has just been in the last year that she has been having a little trouble in the hindend. So yes keep walking them at least once a day.
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Toby wouldn't settle for me to work at home at all without his morning walk. He needs the stimulation and it has also taught him how to relate to other dogs. At 13 months he no longer goes chasing off after other dogs, he loves chasing the ball more. Periods of weeks on a lead then allowed off if he stayed near then back on an extending lead if he didn't has produced an obedient dog. Couldn't have done that in the garden/yard. Besides I love being with him and meeting dog owners too!

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9/26/07 3:00 A

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We had a general x-ray done by our vet before we started training just to rule out dysplasia (but in the proper position to send in an OFA application)... our dogs are still under 24 months, I think you can use the x-rays from 12 months or older (which ours were) for OFA too, but I'm not 100% on that.

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SHELLYHICKEY's Photo SHELLYHICKEY Posts: 7,755
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I would like to have a treadmill that the dogs and I could all use. Like I said they get leash walked, but one still has alot of energy left over, so I am thinking that the treadmill could help. So thanks for the info on the dog treadmill, I'll check it out. Also, if you guys like the show the Dog Whisperer, read the book. It is so much better than the TV show.

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9/24/07 2:45 P

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Do you OFA hips before starting in weight pulling? Or is it just a general X-ray?

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9/24/07 1:49 A

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We have two pit bulls, and when the windchill gets down to -35 degrees here they really can't be outside for longer than run out and pee... so we put them on the treadmill. It's a dog specific one from Grand Carpet Mills. Start VERY slow as it's much harder for the dogs than just regular walking (they power the treadmill). Mine like to run flat out on it, so they don't stay on longer than 10 minutes even now when they are conditioned to it.

Even with a treadmill your dogs still need the bonding and time spent with you, so weather permitting head out for at least one walk a day, do obedience and work their brains, and if you can't get outside you can always play fun games indoors.

Also, it's a good idea to check with your vet before starting to make sure your dogs legs and hips are fine... ours also compete in weight pull and agility, so we had their hips x-rayed before starting all the conditioning and training.

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emoticon Hmmm... well why don't you take a look at your dog and decide whether running around in the yard on its own is really cuttin it? Then bite the bullet, grab a leash and get out that door. A dog needs mental stimilation and socialization just as much as physical exercise, so unless you're hiring entertainment out there in the back yard, your dog ain't gettin it.
And either are you. Quit making excuses.

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ditto on walking. i walk 2 high energy breeds about 3 miles a day, plus throw a frisbee and tennis ball in the yard twice a day. they still have enough energy to chase each other through the house. but, after it gets dark, they are dead to the world!

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9/20/07 9:32 P

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I agree with the walking. I walk or bike with my 2 almost every day and I have notice when we miss our scheduled time they tend to get in more trouble.
The Dog Whisperer is an awesome show I've learned a lot from it

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SHELLYHICKEY's Photo SHELLYHICKEY Posts: 7,755
9/20/07 9:11 P

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I do the real walks too, but I have one dog who is very high energy and still has a lot of go left in him when me and the other two dogs are walked out, so I have been considering a treadmill for him to give him the extra time that he needs.

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I agree with the real walks...I know Winnie has gotten more "social" since we tarted walking! He never got out and our back yard is fenced in and they tend to get territorial due to lack of "pack" interaction!
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9/20/07 11:49 A

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A treadmill would work and I know a local dog boutique owner who's considering selling dog-specific treadmills. However, it still doesn't help to exercise their brain, walk with "the pack" or experience the simple enjoyment of fresh air and lovely smells. I'm personally going to stick to the real walks since it's better for both my dog and myself.

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9/20/07 11:16 A

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Absolutely, dogs need walks/runs as much or more than we do. We're full-time RVers and it's difficult to find places we can let our JRTerrier off the leash to run. Most parks have strict leash laws. So we wind up walking her several miles a day between the two of us. She's just doing her job when she comes over to one of us to give us "the brown eyes". We hired her to get us off the couch and she's very good at her job. Hugs, Judi

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I think that would not be a bad idea it is a controlled environment for the dog. I would check with your vet first though, just like humans, anything new to be added to their daily routine should be approved to be safe and ok for the pups overall health and well being!

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I've been thinking of trying a treadmill for at least one of my dogs too, any tips?

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Yep, I agree on the dog walking too... mine go to the dog park every morning for a full out run of about an hour. We walk 2-4 miles in the afternoon, and they bike with me for 5 miles before bed... it keeps them and me in shape, cause they tend to get cranky and misbehave if they don't get enough exercise.

I do have a treadmill just for my dogs though too, and if the weather is horrible in the winter they run on that to burn off steam (they have really short hair).

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9/20/07 3:35 A

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I agree on the dog walking, they need it. It is not the same as running around the yard.

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Thank you!!! She is going to be ok. She goes for her bladder stone removal surgery October 1st. I will need everyone at that point. She has to stay over night that day.

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Poor baby!
I hope everything works out for Gidget!

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It also helps keep diabetes in dogs in tact. We just found out my Gidget is diabetic and just picked up the insulin so I have to give her shots twice daily.

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I agree. Walking is good and the best training for your dog plus good exercise for you. I love walking my dog whenever I can. I would like to everyday. But life does not always alow the time. I too have JRTs and Cesar Millan says that walking is very important. I really like his techniques. He has a web site if anyone is interested a tv show called the dog whisperer.

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Let me add to the chorus that walking/running your dog is really importatnt to their physical health and to their discipline. We live in the country and the dogs get to exercise the squirrals all day long, but until I started running with them at least one was overweight. They are much healthier after working out with me and a little more disciplined.

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Just took my JRT to he annual doctor visit. 2 lbs. over weight. He crazy and runs aroud alot. Back to the walking everyday. I think they need that constant increase in their heart rate also.

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It also helps with disciplining the dog. If it is running round the yard it is "doing it's own thing", but on a walk with you it is under your control and is learning lead control and obedience training. The walks also introduce the dog to people, other animals and traffic with the associated good behaviour training. All these things help make their lives, and yours, a lot more enjoyable.

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Although I didn't post the question, I have learned a lot from your answers.
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They definetely need that walk!!! Walking with the pack and traveling is what dogs do. They get this need from their ancesters who travel in packs, traveling miles and miles in search of food and water. When their travels were ended for the day, then the pack plays and sleeps. A walk with you stimulates this drive.

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Our trainer said they do still need a walk because it isn't the same as when they run around the yard. On a walk, dogs exercise their brains and think, since they have to watch you and walk with you. It's important they get that "workout" too. It also tires them out more than simply getting physical exercise, which is all the yard run is doing. We definitely notice a difference in our husky when we let her run around the yard vs. take her for a walk. After a walk, she is pooped for a lot longer!

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may not need a walk, but do you? if so, they'd love to tag along!

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A walk is still good but it really depends on the dog. The breed, size, health (overweight/underweight) will all have a big impact on the dog and it's physical needs. If you're not sure, check with your vet and they can help determine what's appropriate for your dog. Plus a walk is great bonding time for you and your dog.

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do they still need a walk if you let them run around in the yard A LOT daily??

for at least 15 min each time.

and their whole body moves.

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