What do you do when you take them for a walk? I usually walk Bear about 2-3km's/night. I can't do that now I have a 14 yo to consider. He just can't do it. I took them for a short walk down to the park at the end of my street tonight. That's only about 50m away. I had to carry Pablo most of the way because he couldn't handle it. Meanwhile, Bear was his typical energetic self & couldn't understand why we were walking so slow. When we got to the park, I let Pablo wander around on his own for about 5 minutes before he got tired & I had to carry him most of the way home.
What do you do with the oldies? Do you leave them at home? It doesn't seem fair to them to see the other dog going for walks while they stay home. How do you get that balance without favouring one over the other?
Never walk a pug farther than you can carry him back
It's a problem. I walk all three together, but Mitzi, 12, doesn't walk fast but she will walk the distance at her slow pace, so we all walk together at Mitzi's slow pace. Judy,10, doesn't mind going slow, but Bruno,4, would like to speed it up. I can't keep up with Bruno, so he has to save the running for the yard and for the way to the lake when off leash. If I leave any one at home and walk the others, the one left behind howls the whole time.
Your problem is a little different: Pablo can't walk the same distance as Bear. Have you thought of taking a baby carrier for him? or a fold up baby stroller? The walk together does a lot for family bonding.
(Just saw SharonaZamboni picture. A Pug would look just as cute as the poodle in the stroller.)
Last edited by mitziandjudysmom; 02-20-2012 at 09:19 AM.
Some of my DP friends have a four year old Labradoodle ! Up until he passed away, they also had a 14year old Lab.
They live about 150 yds away from the DP so they would spend 15 minutus walking to the park and the old Lab would do a circuit of the park ( it's surrounded by hedges ) while they exercised the LD with a chuckit !
Is Pablo likely to run away ?
When Jake was still with us we would take him for a mini walk with all of us, then we would drop him back off at the house and go back out. Now I realize you take your pups to a park but could you walk around your neighborhood or down your street ( I would think just being older and smaller) you wouldn't have to go too far.
The carrier thing would work too I think...as long as your youngest is a good walker or you have help. I used to feel so guilty for leaving Jake back but I came to realize it's like taking a teen and a toddler...the teen would be thrilled to have some quiet time
Forever in our hearts Jake
Well, if not a stroller, what about a doggie back pack?
It seems like I've always had at least one oldster and a youngster! Right now, I've got 3 different energy levels. I usually take Jazzy and my 2 beagles( ages 4 and 11) for a short family walk and drop my older beagle, Ted, off at the house before taking off with the other two. He is happy he got to walk and tired enough to enjoy his nap! I have had to carry Ted home too and at 32 lbs...that was the longest walk ever!LOL
May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am
Terri and Jazzy