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Making your own dog old

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by rona, Apr 13, 2011.


  1. rona

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    Do you think that some people think that their dogs are old, when actually the dog is bored?
    I have had an example of this where the dog walks slowly behind the owner around the same walks, but once taken to different places, acts several years younger
     
  2. Amethyst

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    I have no idea, but I do think most dogs enjoy new experiences and broadening their horizons, though maybe some don't?
     
  3. Petitepuppet

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    Yes! I know someone with a 6 yr old bitch who doesnt really get out the house and spends most of her time sleeping and they put it down to her getting old:rolleyes:. Dont know about anyone else but I wouldnt call a 6 yr old and old dog...
     
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    I think so.. but more people who let their dogs get really fat or never take them for walks. Then claim "oh, he's old and doesnt want to go out".
    I know Adam will potter along right behind me when he gets tired on a long walk. He plods because he has had enough excitment for the day!!:D
     
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    I haven't really noticed it tbh. I know a couple of people though that never walk their dogs and I think it's cruel.
     
  6. Jackie99

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    I'd rather see a dog go on the same route most days rather than being stuck in a small garden and never ever walked and no exercise. I hear a lot, people with small dogs 'they are happy with a potter around the garden' 'they are only small so don't need to go out much, they can't walk far you see' and I just don't agree although I haven't experience with dogs considered toy breeds so maybe it is the case.
     
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    My aunties dog is 14 (we think) and he will potter along just fine on his walks but if you get his ball out he is a puppy again , he would fetch it all day :)

    He has a great mummy though so plenty of playing :D
     
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    Rona, I agree with what you are saying about the dog being bored, not old. Some dogs here get the same walk twice a day, every day and just plod....I am glad they are getting walked, but I LOVE taking Kilo somewhere new and seeing him all excited. I took him to a new place today with huge open fields and he did a puppy wall of death for ages :D.
     
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    When I take Dillon on his main walk of the day, I make sure we go a different way every day, I try not to do the same walk more than once a week.

    As he's still young he only has 2 speeds fast and faster. :001_rolleyes: :D
     
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    I dunno...with Mavis i sometimes think she is bored..but if i take her somewhere she has never been before she is a nervous wreck :eek: the only time she acts like a young dog is when she is up in the fells away from it all. she is six
     
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    I think that you have to tailor it to the dog; if Mavis feels safer with known walks, then that is obviously right for her :).
     
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    I have two toy breed dogs. They get the same amount of walks as my goldie and they love it. Infact inkeeping with this thread the likey exploring new places even more than she does (unless it involves unchartered WATER!! :D )

    Rocky had never been on a walk in his life when we got him at 13 months old, that was the old garden excuse :001_smile:
     
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    I think you're onto something there Rona.

    I try to vary the places I take my dogs to prevent them getting bored. Some of the dogs on my local park, who's owners don't let them socialise go there day in, day out and they just plod along on their own.

    The dogs that walk together in a group are all over the place, you can feel the happiness buzzing in the air around them :)
     
  14. catz4m8z

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    Toy breeds can 'make do' with a potter round the garden without going nuts unlike some breeds but they love walks as much as any other dog.
    My Chi's are about 6Ibs and love going out. My garden is tiny and when I see them chasing each other in massive circles round the park it puts a huge smile on my face. They could never do that in my garden....plus there is no strange poop for Adam to roll in and eat at home!!LOL:D
     
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    Yes I think you're spot on Rona. My Twiggy hated walks and most certainly found them boring but mention heelwork, agility, sendaway to her and she shed about 6 years.
     
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    I'd say it depends on the dog. We usually do the same (or similar) walks in the week as Roxy can get quite stressed by new places.

    We also have livestock along several of the walks we used to do & she is just too excitabale around them which then sets Toby off so unfortunately we are bit limited sometimes
     
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    We walk in lots of various places throughout the week...but mainly on the moors as quite near home and ours get excited about any walking area.;) but do love the moors for freedom and have an active life style.

    I know a lady that has a Golden Retriever and she is 4 and she only gets walked around the roads quietly each day and is very bored just looking at her and quite plump:(she does the same route each day and I would love to take her with me but dont want to interfere...but I know she would love to come with us as she almost smiles at me with those big brown eyes and loves my girls:001_smile:
     
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    If I had a car I would no doubt be all over the place as I love nothing more than exploring new places with the dog, it is exciting! but I don't drive, so there are a good few routes around here where he can have a nice run and I feel secure in leaving him off, I feel although I do get bored of the same walks sometimes I give him the best walks I can.
     
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    I see quite a few dogs that are ''getting old'' there is some kind of poodle cross near me and he gets taken on the grass outside the flat for the loo a few times a day because he is getting old. Yet he wants to play with my dogs.

    My dads lab is 12 and she still bounces around like a loony. They never go anywhere new because the dally is car sick really badly and stressy, and the border terror doesnt really like other dogs and especially staffs so they stick to the comfort of home, but they have plenty of new smells and place to run. She is starting to slow down, but she certainly doesnt look bored :)


    Then I know of a 16yr old cocker. He can barely toddle to the end of the road bless him, but his owner takes him out regular because she doesn't want hims joints to seize up. Actually.. Haven't seen him for a wee while :(
     
  20. rona

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    I do think a lot depends on the type of dog you have.
    If they like meeting up with mates to have a good romp, then it probably doesn't make that much difference where you walk as long as there are other dogs around
     
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