I have two girls 11 & 13 and my oldest is doing all the work when it's their turn to walk the dog. My little one is around 100 lbs and uses the excuse that she can't handle the dog by herself. I know she managed him fine in the store as we tested out the new no- pull harness. She's notorious for playing the 'I'm too little card' for getting out of doing stuff.
I'm so used to fighting with her to do things (clean room/homework) that I may be unrealistic about her being able to walk the dog yet. I'm just feeling bad that my older daughter gets saddled with more of the dog care.
An added question. How much time do you spend on average walking your dogs each day? I think Shea probably needs more then he's getting. He gets a daily 30 early morning and then occasionally another 20 - 30 min in the afternoon. I can't tell when he's not had enough because he'll eat something he normally wouldn't ...coughshoescough
oh and he's about 10 months now.
I don't have kids so I can't help you with that...
As for the walks per day...I rarely walk my boys. It's never good solid exercise for them. They never get tired out. So, we usually go to the park across the street and have a long retrieving and running and romping session..in the summer they swim daily...a walk for my boys would be just a "warm up". occaisionally we do walk...and it's a nice change of pace...but they'd prefer retrieving.
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How old is the dog in question??
Wesley is walked for about 45-50 minutes each morning (+/- 5 miles, except in extreme heat) and another 30-40 minutes (+/- 2 miles, except in extreme heat) each evening. That's active walking, not merely pee/poop niffing.
Shea is 10 months old. I wish I was in better shape so I could keep up with his pace at least a little better.
Perhaps you can assign your 11 year old the task of playing fetch with him in the back yard? It would help to tire him out a bit, and would also involve her more in the pups care so it's spread out a wee bit better? Would that work?
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Every dog is different, as far as what kind of exercise they need to tire them out. As Dani said, her boys need hard retrieving - walks don't work for them. My two boys on the other hand, aren't big on retrieving. They get 3 walks a day, morning is only about 10 minutes...lunch is about 30 minutes, and another 15-20 minute when I get home from work. That's all they need to poop them out!
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I would probably not trust an 11 year old with Mocha she's only 65 lbs but if she decides to go after something even with her easy walk harness on she can almost pull me over. If using a gentle leader type head collar I might let her but even then I would not let her go alone.
I think the amount your walking is fine but she may need some other exercise in additon to it. Walks are great dicipline and getting them out and about and they need to learn how to walk on a leash but most of the time it doesn't really wear them out. Fetching for 15-20 minutes or a offleash romp are generally much more tiring.
Thanks all for some good advise. My 11 year old wouldn't be by herself, she'd still be with the 13 year old, but not riding her bike around in circles with no responsibility of her own. I took Tangerinefizz's advise and had her in the back yard playing soccer after school. The dog loves his soccer ball and nothing is better then when we kick it for him to retrieve.
When the grounds aren't a big mud fest I'll be back to taking him to the dog park several times a week where he can wrestle and run until he's exhausted. Last week with the heavy rains I debated taking him despite the mud and found the park 1/3 under water. :P Luckily for Shea I keep a racket and tennis balls in the trunk and we spent some time in the public B-ball courts. My yard is a mud/slush fest :'(
Thanks again for the advise.
Isn't the spring such a lovely time of year? :P Glad we could offer up some suggestions!Originally Posted by Lee
Me, Abzilla and the Helomonster.
I think having the 11 year old play soccer with him is a great idea! Our yard is a mosh pit right now too yuck!
One thing to caution with the basketball/tennis court is it can be very hard on their paw pads and can cause tears in them as well as it's not good on the joints. I did this with Mocha a lot not knowing better but I have seen dogs since with torn paw pads so you just might want to keep the sessions short if you need to do that or try not to get him really amped up so he's not going full out and back for the ball stopping quickly on the hard surface.