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WALKZWDOGZ's Photo WALKZWDOGZ Posts: 10,955
7/19/12 11:32 P

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If you have a vet who'll hand out free advice, take 'em flowers! Take 'em chocolate! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

BTW, my Basset approves of your huddle today! That's his motto too!
"Slow today, but soldiering on"

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DWARVENTANK's Photo DWARVENTANK Posts: 9
7/19/12 5:06 P

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Thanks for all the great responses. Her vet is right next to my gym, so I'll be stopping to see him today. He's great about handing out free advise.

I may not be there yet. But I'll get there. No matter what it takes, I'll get there. I refuse to let the trivial things of today weigh down my tomorrow.


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CD2348080 Posts: 34,084
7/19/12 2:48 P

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As the others have said, check with her vet. When you take her out, keep an eye on her, even though she is willing, she will show when she is pushing herself past her comfort zone. My 12 yr old Lab mix, Dora dog, shows it by her head and tail being down more than usual and her pace slows down. How ever, this morning I thought that she had worn herself out and took her home, intending to finish may walk after I dropped her off. We got inside & I took off her leash, as I opened the door to go back out, she darted out the door then stood and waited for me. So I took her along for the rest of my walk.

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7/18/12 11:15 P

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Hi & welcome aboard!
I have seniors too, so I can definitely relate to the 'more willing than able' syndrome. I'd check with your vet, but with mine, I only take them every other day or even 1 on, 2 off. If the weather is bad (too hot or too cold), they get to just cheer me from the couch. emoticon

Their legs are shorter than ours, so I've tried to just build up about 5 minutes to their schedule, like over a week or two. Or shorter days then a longer one. It depends on the size & age of the dog, too.

Our elderly Newfie (now at the Rainbow Bridge) was only good for about a slow 1/2 mile, or a nice swim. My first Basset, even at 14, could do 2+ miles with me without needing a nap. He never read the "Bassets are lazy" stuff, just the "hunting dog" parts of breed descriptions.

We have people on the team who do marathons & others who are just starting out, & dogs who do agility or couch warm. As long as your dog motivates you to keep fit, you're among friends! emoticon



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CD2548072 Posts: 10,207
7/18/12 6:56 P

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I would check with your dogs vet but I wouldn't push her.
It may be painful for her. Maybe there is something she could take to make her feel better.

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7/18/12 5:36 P

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I just signed up for the Sparkpeople walking 5K training program, and I'm totally psyched to do it. I already try to walk my dog most days of the week, just around the neighborhood - 15-30 minutes. She's old and she had arthritis, so the vet says we need to walk her regularly, but I'm wondering if she can/should do this program with me. We did the day one 15 minutes together, and of course she's fine, but the next training day we're supposed to do a mile. It's been a while since she's done a mile. I know her willingness is there, she'd walk/run no matter how much it hurts, but should I not push her? Where's her limit, and how do I know? {sigh} Poor old girl.

I may not be there yet. But I'll get there. No matter what it takes, I'll get there. I refuse to let the trivial things of today weigh down my tomorrow.


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