I so wish that I was not allergic to animals. I always had dogs as well as cats. Now I feel like I'm doomed to live on 2-3 allergy pills a day. When the DR. told me that I thought he was crazy. Well I outlived my dog and I am pretty sure that one of my cats is banking on out living me. LOL! Dogs are such great fun for exercising. I really loved my boxer, my lab and golden retriever.
I've only owned dogs when I have lived in houses with large, fenced yards, so I've never *needed* to take my dogs for walks. Then I started taking the two dogs I have now for walks about a month ago, mainly because they would cry and wait for me by the gate when I started going on walks myself as part of my overall lifestyle revamp.
Man! Talk about a difference! The enthusiasm the pups have when they realize we're going for a walk is the best possible positive reinforcement I could ask for. It transforms "boring excercise" into "a wonderful adventure and bonding experience".
I couldn't ask for better work-out partners, or a better way to stay motivated!
I have been walking my various dogs for the last 30 years, usually around 3 times a day. I am now on my third dog that I have been taking for regular walks, every single day, rain or shine! I crocheted my current dog a few sweaters since his fur is thin so he won't get cold in the winter, and when we walk and he gets tired I carry him (he weighs less than 15 pounds) so I get an upper body workout sometimes too! We take one long walk in the morning, another long walk in the afternoon, and a short one at night. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I couldn't walk my dog - it helps with the arthritis in my hip! At night I bring a small flashlight with!
my dog and I are usually out 3 times a day during the week, more often and/or longer walks on the weekends. we've tried jogging together but its not always workable as he tends to cross in front of me and at 90ish pounds and his back at the height of my mid-thigh it can get a little hairy! btw he has very short hair, being a greyhound mix, and doesn't do so well in the heat...
I LOVE walking my dogs and enjoy my walks more if I have my dog with me. Since I love walking with dogs so much when I was looking to adopt a new friend I looked for a sturdy medium size dog that will enjoy walking with me and he really does! I don't walk in bad weather.... but I'm waiting on my treadmill to come and I want to teach my doggie to walk on the treadmill too!
I take my dog jogging with me - and she is definitely calmer and better behaved afterwards. Having a big, energetic dog like I do (she's a malinois crossed with a lupo italiano) definitely motivates you, becaus even if I really don't want to go anywhere, I know that she does and would feel too guilty not to take her... Only thing is in the summer, it gets really hot here and she struggles, despite me getting up at sunrise when it's cooler.
My dogs are small and get alot of excercise in the large back yard. I have a hard time feeding them because one will eat the other dogs food after he has left his dish. I'm not always there to pick it up right away. She's about 3 -5 pounds overweight so I think I'm going to start to walk them. I have a bad back and a hernia so I don't know how far I'll get before I come back but I am going to try. I'll let you know how it goes.
Since I am on the computer so MUCH with SparkPeople, these days (day 26 for me!) I made a "deal" with myself..... For every hour on the computer, 15 minutes of walking with our dog! (I am also on the computer for work). It seems to be working! & LUCY is VERY happy!!!! I also have a parekeet, but I don't know how to walk him yet! He does travel with me, though! He's a great traveler & loves Christmas Music!
2HOPE2 - it depends on your neighborhood. I walk at night often. Get one of those runners' hats with the reflective tape; New Balance has one with two little LED lights under the brim to brighten your path. Make sure to keep your dog under control all the time, because cars won't see him if he runs into the street. When it's warm and rainy, I avoid the creek areas because of snakes, who are much more active at night, so sometimes we go to a local mall with a lot of trees in the parking lot perimeter. We've even gone to the mega pet stores and just ran up and down every aisle!
Nice to see that pet lovers are out walking. 12 hour shifts make a long day at home for my SPIKE, I appreciate the encouragement to get him out walking. MY question is how do people walk the dog when it is dark out.... I am not so sure about walking at those hours.
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