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who just walks their dogs.:shocked:

Just reading the Fitness thread are my dogs missing out by not doing any of the following -

Running with their owner
Cycling with their owner
Agility
Training classes
Swimming
Retrieving
Playing with a ball
Flyball

and many others that I can't think of at the moment,half of which I had never heard of until I joined PF.:eek:

My dogs would not really enjoy any of the above,so are they missing out,is walking enough for them (they seem happy).

I can't be the only one that just walks their dogs,or am I.:confused:
 

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I just walk 2 of mine, one because she's elderly & one because he just doesn't 'do' high energy activities, or socialising with other dogs he isn't familiar with.
 

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Alfie walks and runs and plays ball.

He doesnt like water so no swimming and im not a fan of agility personaly for the joints etc.

At the vets the other day he said alfie couldnt have better muscle tone and yesterday he bought it up again saying he is in top shape with excellent muscle and physique.

I dont think dogs need everything on the list.
 

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Nope, i'm afraid I do various things with my dogs! We never just 'have a walk' unless it's onlead, and those are rare. We usually have a game of something, or they do something on a walk whether that be retrieving, swimming, hunting etc. They also do some doggy sports and when my bike doesnt have a flat tyre (or it's not raining, wind isnt blowing etc, lol!) then I cycle with them too.

But, thats because I have breeds which need that extra stimulation and have a desire to do other things.
 

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Plain ol' walking here too!;) I only run with them if we are trying to avoid a downpour and trying to interest them in ball chasing or training gets you looked at like you have lost your marbles!:D
Besides I already do their favourite activity for several hours a day!...snuggling on the sofa together!!:)
 

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I just walk, don't do running unless forced as have to lie down in darkened room if forced into a trot( usually to avoid another dog)! I just keep thinking at least jackson gets walks now.
 

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I run with Kilo and he loves it - but it's as much for me as him as I run anyway.
I play ball with him as he loves, loves to chase and it stops him chasing things he shouldn't!
He swam (hydro pool) for a bit to provide some non-impact exercise at the time of his clicking stifle.

Just walking dogs is absolutely fine; your two get a huge variety of walks full of mental and physical stimulation. They are clearly happy, healthy dogs. No point doing activities they wouldn't enjoy - nothing worse than seeing a dog being forced to participate in an activity the owner wants them to do, but they are clearly not enjoying.
 

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I have met your dogs lots of times, and it's clear that they are happy and not missing out because they don't do all these things! :)

I don't think all of the activities are for all dogs, not all dogs enjoy running with a bike etc.


I just walk mine most of the time but I do play fetch alot, cycle with them in the summer, they get to swim in the summer, and agility with Dixie.

Dixie enjoys a good game of fetch (she's a bit ocd when it comes to fetch), she just loves it. While Dave can fetch, he doesn't get what Dixie gets out of it and prefers just to tear around on his own with the ball/toy.
 

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Just walking dogs is absolutely fine; your two get a huge variety of walks full of mental and physical stimulation. They are clearly happy, healthy dogs. No point doing activities they wouldn't enjoy - nothing worse than seeing a dog being forced to participate in an activity the owner wants them to do, but they are clearly not enjoying.
I suppose thats the point isnt it? If it made your dog happy to chase a ball you would play ball with it or take it swimming if it liked to swim. My lot like playing chase with each other, sniffing in hedgerows and rolling in poop so thats what they do!:D
Besides the OP has hounds who I dont think have any breed preference towards chasing, retreiving or herding (stuff that alot of activities are geared towards)...they like to sniff!:D
Just like mine like to sofa surf!!:rolleyes:
 

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I just walk Diz, she gets off lead play with a ball when I can find a spare field, but I don't do anything else with her atm.
I've justt bought a dog running belt with the intention of starting couch to 5k but, well I'll start that tomorrow :rolleyes: (I used to love running but am sooo out of shape now it's a real struggle :()

So long as you dogs are fit and healthy, then great, more than a lot of dogs get :)
My older dog loved nothing more than to just mooch, she was very laid back and independant and happy to wander around sniffing in her own little world :)
 

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I only walk Pippa as she is still young, I did enjoy occaissionally cycling with my previous dog, so will do a bit of that with Pippa when she is older, plus I will dip into gundog training a bit!
May do some running too when she is older (in fact, we sometimes do a little bit) as I am losing weight, so regular excersize should help me keep it off! :)
 

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I walk ..preferably alone with the dogs..They are all getting on now and so cant do activities...They go to the park or to the common , to the doggy beach and the woods , they paddle/swim/dig/eat nasty things/ chase things and each other play with any and all other dogs we meet and generally have a good time..

my main reason for not doing other activities with them is because I cant stand the human company!
 

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I walk ..preferably alone with the dogs..They are all getting on now and so cant do activities...They go to the park or to the common , to the doggy beach and the woods , they paddle/swim/dig/eat nasty things/ chase things and each other play with any and all other dogs we meet and generally have a good time..

my main reason for not doing other activities with them is because I cant stand the human company!
Just be like me, dont speak to anybody! I find that most people do activities with their dogs (classes, dog sports etc) because they like the social side of it as well, they want to meet like minded people etc but I go purely because I want to learn something with my dogs. Ok, i'll be pleasant, i'll engage in minimal conversation when required but I generally stand back, create my own space and get on with the task.
 

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Meh, Kes generally just gets walked. She'll run about herself if she's full of energy. She does got to training though and if she's getting bored on a walk because it's a boring environment I'll throw a ball for her.
 
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