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Those of you who have just one or just two dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by GoldenShadow, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. GoldenShadow

    GoldenShadow PetForums VIP

    Jun 15, 2009
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    If you have just one dog, how much time do they get to play with other dogs on a daily/weekly basis such as play fighting etc?

    If you have two dogs (could be more I guess but I think two means you can accurately gauge how much one plays) how much do they play together?

    Do you feel that play fighting is more energetic or less than an offlead walk on their own?

    Do you feel a relatively forced walk on lead is very challenging in comparison etc?

    Rupert and Milo play a lot and Rupert is getting a lot less walks lately and I'm wondering if maybe the play wears them out more than I realise..?
  2. woody10

    woody10 PetForums Senior

    Jan 10, 2010
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    I have one dog but he gets to play and wrestle with other dogs usually twice daily - but he also loves to run and run and run - lucikly I live next to open fields where he can just open up and go.

    He gets one and half hours walk in morning and again in afternoon and when he gets home he still picks up his frisbee
  3. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

    Jul 19, 2008
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    My 2 rarely play with each other.
    They much prefer curling up and sleeping together.

    When we are out they occasionally engage in a game of chase with each other or with dogs they meet, but Zipper prefers to play with me and Lilly prefers exploring.
  4. Dogless

    Dogless PetForums VIP

    Feb 26, 2010
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    Probably; the days when Kilo doesn't get to play with another dog at work he is far less tired than when he does!
  5. Jonesey

    Jonesey PetForums VIP

    Dec 30, 2010
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    One dog and she gets to play with another maybe a couple of times per week. We have leash laws here so I only let her off at night or with a training lead still on - that way if I do get in trouble I can at least say she was on lead.

    We met a beautiful GSD (named Olga!) at the park the other day and since there were no other people/dogs around we let them play. They had a blast and she tired Olga out even though they're the same age.

    I do find that she is way more tired when she's played with another dog, way happier too. When we're on our own I let get in a run, chase geese or throw sticks, but it's not the same.
  6. Cleo38

    Cleo38 PetForums VIP

    Jan 22, 2010
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    Some days my two are knackered after running round & playing in the garden. With my OH off work at the moment they are 'helping' him out in the garden so rarely sit still.

    We still have walks but some days they aren't as long some days or as energetic as the dogs are too tired.

    When my sisters dog came to visit none of them were up for going for a walk as they had spent hours chasing each other. My sister had never seen Benson so tired
  7. NicoleW

    NicoleW PetForums VIP

    Aug 28, 2010
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    I can walk Duke and Logan together, one in each hand. IF we are only on road/pavements, as soon as I get to a park they're running circles around me trying to play.

    Duke is always tired recently, but the rescue we got Logan from said he's constantly bouncing off walls. All he's done for the past week is spend most of his time asleep, then when he isn't he's outside in the garden playing with Duke. They do laps of the garden so that's what is probably tiring him out as he's rather unfit
  8. Mum2Heidi

    Mum2Heidi PetForums VIP

    Feb 17, 2010
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    Heidi get off lead play with other dogs most days. Sometimes its just chasing around, others a bit of rough play.

    She has some lead walks to and from the reserve and if we go round the country lanes - lead till we get where it's quiet and then I let her off to sniff and explore. Occasionally a lead walk to the town and back.

    All of these are about an hour +

    Nothing satisfies her as much as a romp with her mates. If we have a day away from the reserve, her next time is manic and I can see just how much she loves it. If we've had a long stint out and I take her up for a quick 5 mins, it will be as tho it's her first outing for the day.:D

    Her favourite tends to be a combination of lead walk, off lead round the lanes/fields ending up at the reserve for quality play time.:D
  9. XxZoexX

    XxZoexX PetForums VIP

    Sep 8, 2010
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    Jack gets to play with Sunny at the very least 3 days a week for 4 hours when im at work even more if its nice atm as we take them out together or meet Otis.. Play does tire him haha
  10. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

    Oct 24, 2008
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    I don't really like my two play fighting because it gets OTT. I will let them to it occasionally, they do get knacered from it but (when it supervised only) I do tell them to stop when it gets silly. They know not to do it if I am not out there, and get a ''HEY!!!!'' and will stop.

    Days like today, where I can have the back door open its nice, they are just abling around, or eating there bones.

    Meeting other dogs they dont really get to... hardly anyone walks their dogs around here! But I would say at lease once a week they socialise and play with Trixie and the Bassets, and they sometimes get walks with next doors dogs off lead.
    They have a couple of mates if we see them in the park they can be let off to go and see eachother like Teal the spaniel and Ben and Olly the cross breed and retreiver, and that kind of exercise is running about like a loon! Lol
  11. Rolosmum

    Rolosmum PetForums VIP

    Oct 29, 2010
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    I think the adrenaline flows more when they are playing together than when they are retrieving balls outside, or doing their thing running around outside hunting stuff down.

    But ours are generally walked off lead barr a few feet anywhere and as the evenings get lighter they may have a short training walk each separately, but apart from training classes they have every other off lead time together spending time together and apart, they both greet other dogs, but seem to show different preferences for dogs they like!
  12. CarrieH

    CarrieH PetForums Member

    Mar 25, 2011
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    I had Ben for a couple of years on his own and he was walked every day with one of my work colleagues and his two Labradors. The dogs were always very excited to see one another, but never played together, they just enjoyed mooching together. If one of the collies from the village turned up in the field they all enjoyed playing and chasing with him.

    Dory also knew my colleagues two Labs and I think Ben and the Labs were completely bemused by this whirlwind Lurcher that arrived in their lives. Again, no playing. Aside from the dogs she knew Dory could be fear aggressive to other dogs and so it took just over 2 years to solve that and for her to learn to play with other dogs. She loves to meet Black Labs on the beach and will chase and play with any Black Lab. She's not that interested in other breeds or sighthounds. She'll play with Ben and slows off dramatically so he can chase her, but they don't play together in the home. They do enjoy cuddling up together though :)
  13. Lavenderb

    Lavenderb PetForums VIP

    Jan 27, 2009
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    Eva my 6 month old Gsd gets 1 1/2 to 2 hours per day to play with other dogs. Its common to see 10+ dogs all playing happily in my local park.
  14. cravensmum

    cravensmum PetForums VIP

    Jun 28, 2010
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    Craven loves to play with other dogs,so I take him to the park where all the dogs go about 5 times a week,where he can play for anything from half an hour to 2 hours depending who is around.
    If there is no one to play with then we go somewhere else for a walk instead,even though Craven would prefer just to play.
    One of Cravens doggy friends lives next to the park and Craven has been known to run off to Busters house if Buster is not in the park.:mad:
    Luckily Buster has access to his garden through the cat flap,so I always know where to find Craven.
  15. ballybee

    ballybee PetForums VIP

    Aug 25, 2010
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    Unfortunately as i live on a farm with one other dog who is old and not happy with Tummel he doesn't get anywhere near as much time as i'd like. He's so good with all dogs but I only get to places where there are other dogs for a couple of hours every 2/3 weeks, this is probably the main reason i plan on getting a second dog as he loves to play and run with others!!! I love seeing him on the beach running with a new friend or 2!!!

    I would say offlead walks with playfighting would be more tiring....i hope so anyway Tummel usually spends offlead walks running and sniffing so i'd guess a bit of play would tire him faster. I only walk Tummel onlead if theres some kind of danger like traffic, cows, he's having a hormonal day and won't recall(living on a cattle and sheep farm this is incredibly important at this time of yeay!!) and he gets nowhere near as tired as when he has freedom.

    If i get a job and student bursary sorted then i plan on learning to drive asap so that even if the OH is busy/lazy then i can still go to doggy rich places :D
  16. Eroswoof

    Eroswoof Guest

    Oo I like this thread!

    Bumby plays with the cats and with his best bunny friend but I like him to play with other dogs so he has lots of play time on the beach with others.

    I tend to walk him off lead because he's sooooo energetic (and I'm not :lol: )

    He really does get far more tired if I only walk him a mile or so on the lead then when we do an off lead walk of maybe 4 or 5 miles where he must cover much more ground because of him Bumbling about everywhere.

  17. Marley boy

    Marley boy PetForums VIP

    Sep 6, 2010
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    marley goes to play with my mother in laws dog at least every other day, they play fight but it doesnt seem to wear him out much (he loves it though). An off lead walk wears him out far more because he chases his ball at about 100 mph lol. When out on a walk marley doesn't really like to play with other dogs, he stops for a quick hello and a bum sniff and is then back to chasing his ball. If I stop throwing the ball he looks at me as to say what the hell am i supposed to do now lol. :D
    #17 Marley boy, Mar 26, 2011
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  18. Horse and Hound

    Horse and Hound PetForums VIP

    May 12, 2010
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    When we just had Roo he was out pretty much every day with next doors Vizsla. Both me and my neighbour enjoyed walking the two of them together much more than them on their own as they clearly enjoyed it more too!

    Erm, from dawn till dusk!? Seriously, they'll play like mentalists for half an hour, have an hours sleep, get up, drink, go into garden and play again like nutters. We just let them get on with it until it gets a bit too much then its on their bed for naps.

    Deffo more. I can take Roo/Harvey on seperate walks when doing training and you can tell the difference. If I walked them into the field and just stood there fore 15 minutes, letting them run riot they'd burn off much more energy than me just walking them individually for half an hour.

    No, like I said above. Even my neighbour commented on it, saying that Fiddy gets a lot more excercise when he's walked with my two. Same goes for my MIL's boxer.

    I'd agree, but I wouldn't necessarily say its a bad thing either.
  19. GoldenShadow

    GoldenShadow PetForums VIP

    Jun 15, 2009
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    Thanks for all the responses its quite interesting to read :)

    Rupert just isn't into walks so much now or goes very slowly given the chance if we go out somewhere with proper smells. Ours can't go offlead together on a walk because everywhere has signs up saying dogs onlead yada yada down the canal you can but there are sheep and horses over the other side and Milo is not ready to practice with those sorts of distractions..!

    They tend to play more than anything I think and with my uncle's lab so they do get exercise just not as much in the form of walks at the minute but they seem OK...
  20. metaldog

    metaldog PetForums VIP

    Nov 11, 2009
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    Mine don't just play together they have friends on our local park. Our group of 5 pm dog walkers is growing day by day. It started off with three of us with four dogs and now there's eight of us with fourteen dogs. The dogs all have a really good chase and romp around the park and relax at home much more than if I walked them around the park alone.
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