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MAIM138 Posts: 955
9/10/14 1:44 P

I do basically two kinds of walks with my dog. Her walk and my walk.

She's come to understand that my walk is for me and I'm just letting her come along, vs. when I take her out and let her sniff stuff and take as long as she pleases.

It's not a perfect system, and she definitely sometimes tries to turn my walk into her walk, but for the most part it works.

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CHARITYAK SparkPoints: (21,818)
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9/10/14 12:14 P

I only see two options.

Don't count the dog walking as exercise and add in exercise sessions.

Increase the difficulty of the walk. If the dog won't go faster, than you could add a weighted backpack. Or do squats, jumping jacks, etc when he stops.

MIAMUSE Posts: 401
9/10/14 11:38 A

My dog stops a lot too but I just pull her along most of the time - I tell her I am Moving and she better keep up. Maybe you could use one of those trainers that keep dogs from pulling so you can maintain your stride. And still give him a few stops.

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9/8/14 2:19 P

When it comes to my dog (newfoundland) I don't use walking her as an exercise. I usually exercise at home or the gym right after work and walk her in the evening and it's just nice to do something extra and still stay active after sitting at work all day. If I can't get to the gym or workout, I make sure I walk her so I at least get my body moving in some way, but I never record it as an exercise.

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9/7/14 12:47 P

I walk my dogs almost everyday. We run a little and then walk... It's normally still good exercise especially if you run and then fast walk, to run again... It's especially exercise if there's an little hill/ incline to the walking. For now that's what I have been doing walking my 2 dogs to work out. We walk up hills, fields, etc... It's great exercise for my dogs and I. emoticon

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 2,069
8/15/14 3:12 A


You can and should train your dog. You might want to attend some training classes with him. He should heel, walking or trotting beside you, and not be sniffing and urinating on everything.

8/14/14 12:22 P

I have a 3 year old dog who likes to run and a 9 year old dog who likes to stop every 3 feet to mark his territory or sniff. So, I'm going to start, today, walking them separate. My oldest dog will go on a long, slow walk so he can get some exercise. My youngest dog is going for a faster walk with a shorter leash. I need to start training my youngest dog to heel and stay on one side when walking. He also barks like crazy when he sees other dogs. (He wants to play with them!) They are both nice dogs. My oldest is already trained. But my youngest needs work so I'm going to get a harness and I'm going to starting using a smaller leash instead of the adjustable leashes.

Edited by: HEATHERLYNN44 at: 8/14/2014 (12:23)
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3/25/14 2:22 P

I love walking my dogs. We go at least 3 miles at my pace and we don't stop. Very rarely do my dogs even potty while we walk - but you can bet that as soon as we get home they are out the back door going! Dogs will do what you expect of them. Give your pup a chance to be a good walking buddy.

3/25/14 12:36 P

Interesting. I appreciate your input.

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THEPIA Posts: 296
3/24/14 10:45 P

Could be leash aggression. Some dogs have it because they feel too restrained when on leash and it makes them act out to scare the other dog away.

3/24/14 3:52 P

I appreciate the responses. Oddly enough, when we're offleash up in the foothills, she doesn't do this -- she will tolerate greeting another dog that trots up, though not easily and warmly. She gets tense. It's just on the leash that she goes nuts.

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THEPIA Posts: 296
3/24/14 2:50 P

It sounds like you will want to enlist the help of a trainer that has experience with aggression. It is not something that can be taken lightly. I cannot help you because I haven't observed the situation. With aggression there are many kinds and triggers.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,899
3/24/14 2:36 P

I found it helps putting myself in between your dog and the other dog even at a distance helps.

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3/24/14 12:49 P

I see there was a dog trainer on here so maybe her advice would be better. My advice would be when you see a dog and your dog gets ready to lunge plant your feet and give the heel command with authority and if you have to jerk on the leash to control your dog so be it. They should get the hint after a few times that you aren't going to put up with that.

Good luck

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 3/24/2014 (12:50)
When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.
3/24/14 10:33 A

My border collie-cross dog goes beserk when she sees other dogs -- lunging, barking, yanking on the leash. She knows what "heel" means but she is totally not listening when she sees another dog while we're walking. Any suggestions?

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THEPIA Posts: 296
3/24/14 12:12 A

My dog is the perfect walking partner because I trained her to be! (I'm a dog trainer so if you have more ?'s don't hesitate to ask.)

Here are a few tips to make it more enjoyable:
1. Get a shorter leash: 4-6' is more than adequate. (I have a 3' I use on the bike trails)
2. Give the dog the first few minutes of the walk to sniff and potty. After that, the leash shortens and your pace quickens. My dog can sniff.. she just has to sniff and walk at the same time.
3. Keep a good pace; if your dog isn't trotting along next to you then you should try a faster pace.
4. Training.. Basic and Advanced obedience training will be very beneficial. The dog will be more responsive to you. Some trainers in your area might offer a 1 or 2 session class to work specifically on leash walking.
5. Lastly, if at all possible I would walk in the morning. Dogs naturally want to wake up, stretch, walk, then eat. They will be naturally calmer during the walk if you are consistent with them and they know what's expected.

3/17/14 12:42 P

Yeah, this can be a real hassle. I have a Golden Retriever cross and a Border Collie cross. (Both are rescue dogs, we don't know who their daddy was.) I let them sniff and meander for awhile, and then it's my turn and we walk briskly with them on a slightly shorter leash. They seem to have figured out that we're going to take turns on the pace. The best solution is to go somewhere where they can run off leash. Then I go my speed and they get to run ahead, fall back, pee everywhere, etc.

Good for you for not wanting to deny your dog the chance to sniff around and be a doggy for awhile. Two walks might be the answer.

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KNUCKLES145 Posts: 13,899
3/17/14 10:49 A

its like any other type of walking. you have to choice to make it exercise or to make it a stroll.

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3/17/14 9:01 A

Maybe you have to change where you are walking your dog. I live on the family farm and so yeah my dog(Golden) has chances to smell or check some things out. I snow shoed with him for 2 hours on the farm and just taken many walks with him this winter. I guess I'm lucky that I have that area where he can run without a lease. Are there any State Parks, golf courses or other areas where he could roam a little bit free and you could still get a workout in with him on a lease?

When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.
3/17/14 7:24 A

My pup loves going for walks. He does like to check things out but never to the point that I have to stop walking. We walk at a brisk pace and all I have to do is say c'mon Cooper and he keeps up or even wants to go faster. He loves intervals of walking and running. If I want to get a good run in, though, I can't bring him because I am more concerned about him tripping me, etc. so I will take him for a walk and do my run separate.

Edited by: SIMPLYJENNY at: 3/17/2014 (09:48)
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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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3/17/14 6:34 A

There are quite a few people in my neighborhood that walk their dogs and although they are outside moving around I still do not see it as a form of exercise just because the dogs are constantly stopping to smell or pee. Just my opinion

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3/17/14 5:56 A

I "borrow" my daughters dog 3-4 times a week. I get some exercise and so does he! he loves the walks and i have trails near my home so it is very nice walking in the woods.I miss him on days i am busy, i find he keeps walking because i need the push to exercise, it is so cold this time of year and easier to just stay in and do nothing.

9/20/13 10:57 P

We essentially do intervals runs. Period of actual running to get my workout in then a walk to let her do her thing and repeat

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9/20/13 10:38 A

give your dog 10 minutes or so at the start of your walk to 'check the pmail' then pick up the pace and KEEP MOVING. It takes awhile, but eventually they get the idea.

mine want to visit with every person they see. Now that we have 3, I haven't tried walking all of them at one time (doggy door - BEST. INVENTION. EVER)

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JDMAKEIT2HOT Posts: 8,458
9/20/13 9:07 A

My aparment complex turned a unused volley ball court into a dog park. So now I can just go to the dog park and let my girl off her leash, while I walk around the park.

When we go on actual walks, she sucks! Has to sniff everything! emoticon emoticon


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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,476
9/18/13 10:00 P

My dogs wrap their leashes around my legs and walk at a good clip. So I feel like I get dog walking and agility

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,785
9/18/13 6:37 A

Quote: "and keep him distracted from checking the daily news."

Love it! emoticon

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9/17/13 11:50 P

I specifically wanted a dog so I could get exercise walking and running. I just feel safer walking with the dog. My cousin lost a lot of weight when she got her dog.

I walk my dogs every morning. They usually keep up pretty well, but not always. If i want a good workout, like jogging several miles, I get up early, go out for a jog, then come home and take the dogs out for a walk. They max out at 3 miles and one of the dogs is not willing to go beyond certain points. The other dog does not want to go without the first dog.


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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
9/17/13 8:55 P

Neither of my dogs are good workout partners.
I exercise without the dogs.

9/17/13 8:39 P

My dog feels like he needs to stop at least once a block to sniff everything too. He does love to run tho, so usually on the last block I will tell him, "Bentley, run home!" and he goes full out. But even then, he can't go more than one block without a sudden stop and nearly tripping me. So I consider walking him to be more of something on the daily "chore" list than a part of my workout.

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9/17/13 4:48 P

Are you fit enough to jog? If you're jogging with him it should focus his attention on the pursuit and keep him distracted from checking the daily news. ;)

Otherwise, maybe do a fitness dvd at home for cardio and consider any calories burned from dog walking a bonus.

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9/17/13 3:33 P

My dogs aren't good walking partners either, so I just do separate walks. I do my own walk in the morning, and then I walk my dogs when I get home from work.

PACHEE Posts: 1
9/17/13 11:53 A

I love my dog and enjoy our walks together, however, I don't think they are effective as a daily exercise. I have a male dog who loves to sniff and tinkle everywhere and on everything. I find myself stopping at every mailbox and often in-between if he picks up a captivating scent, which is every second!
I feel like I need to start walking twice, once with my pup and then again after he is done. Time-wise, this will be tough, but I can't think of another option other than pulling his neck each time he wants to check out a smell. I'd feel bad doing that as he's been inside all day and deserves a good walk just as I do.

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