big yard = no walks? [Archive] - Chazhound Dog Forum

PDA

View Full Version : big yard = no walks?


iheartsammy
01-03-2007, 01:59 AM
I've heard people telling me that they don't take there dog for a walk because they have a large backyard.. although I agree that their yard is huge and a great spot for playing, but for exersize (sp?) I'm not to sure.

I don't think it matters how big your yard is, your dog still needs to go out...I mean a dog can get great exersize in a large yard, but what about mental exersize? I mean go out in your back yard and run around for an hour or walk around the neighbor hood, which would you choose? I mean, you could get good exersize running around in a circle for a long time, is it as mentally pleasing..no.

I hope that wasn't confusing.. :p

What do you guys think?

(sorry for all the spelling errors..)

krisykris
01-03-2007, 02:01 AM
Dogs definitely need walks, a backyard is not enough mental stimulation for them. It would be like never leaving the house for a human :)

RD
01-03-2007, 02:05 AM
For us, walks are for bonding, not exercise. If I were to provide Dakota with his daily requirements for exercise by walking him, I'd be walking all day. ;) He needs to do zoomies and play fetch in order to be sufficiently exercised.

darkchild16
01-03-2007, 02:05 AM
definatly need walks hopefully in a place where they can get plenty of stimulation. THe woods, town, a place with a lot of new smells and sights. Only in one place can get rather boring if you ask me.

iheartsammy
01-03-2007, 02:11 AM
this is exactuly what I'm trying to say!

darkchild16
01-03-2007, 02:12 AM
lol just make sure your up for the walk i took walker on a 4-5 mile hike today and omg it bout killed my knee

Rubylove
01-03-2007, 02:15 AM
Ohhh goodness I couldn't imagine spending 24 hours a day in the same place for my entire life. Wouldn't matter how big it was - how much fun would it be for you to trot up and down your own back yard every day and never, ever, EVER get to go anywhere else??

Ugggh that kind of thing freaks me out - poor doggies. If you hear people telling you that you should ask them how they would feel if they never EVER got to leave their house - even if it was huge! That might make them think a little more about it.

iheartsammy
01-03-2007, 02:20 AM
Ohhh goodness I couldn't imagine spending 24 hours a day in the same place for my entire life. Wouldn't matter how big it was - how much fun would it be for you to trot up and down your own back yard every day and never, ever, EVER get to go anywhere else??

Ugggh that kind of thing freaks me out - poor doggies. If you hear people telling you that you should ask them how they would feel if they never EVER got to leave their house - even if it was huge! That might make them think a little more about it.

it might..or there awnser would be... "Well thats different..." :rolleyes:

darkchild16
01-03-2007, 02:23 AM
around here alot of people are like that but of course our yards are the woods its always changing you have animals come through your yard all kinds of things so here its not as bad as the city i do it with walker when my knee is havinga flare up.

ToscasMom
01-03-2007, 02:26 AM
I have a fair amount of land for her to romp on, but it's not socialization just being in the back and never seeing other things. I think walking is good for your relationship with your dog and it gives the dog a chance to adapt to other sights and things that go bump, other dogs, people etc. If Tosca hasn't had a walk in what SHE determines is her due time, she moans and groans and makes all those collie chewbacca noises. She expects a walk. I might get away with not doing it one day if it's really bad weather, but beyond that, she lets me know I had better get the leash and haul my butt about it. She has certain things she expects to do. For example, we often meet a bus that picks up a neighbor's profoundly retarded son. Not only does she expect to do that several times a week but the bus driver expects it. So if I slack off, she does her routine. It's the same for her walks. Hard to tell exactly which one of us is trained.

ToscasMom
01-03-2007, 03:30 AM
I have a fair amount of land for her to romp on, but it's not socialization just being in the back and never seeing other things. I think walking is good for your relationship with your dog and it gives the dog a chance to adapt to other sights and things that go bump, other dogs, people etc. If Tosca hasn't had a walk in what SHE determines is her due time, she moans and groans and makes all those collie chewbacca noises. She expects a walk. I might get away with not doing it one day if it's really bad weather, but beyond that, she lets me know I had better get the leash and haul my butt about it. She has certain things she expects to do. For example, we often meet a bus that picks up a neighbor's profoundly retarded son. Not only does she expect to do that several times a week but the bus driver expects it. So if I slack off, she does her routine. It's the same for her walks. Hard to tell exactly which one of us is trained.

Rubylove
01-03-2007, 03:45 AM
it might..or there awnser would be... "Well thats different..." :rolleyes:
That's true - and when I come across that kind of attitude I tend to do a role-play. It's a tool I use a lot and boy does it wake people up.

I left a guy outside in his backyard once with just a ball and a glass of water. I went and visited someone else and then came back to see him after two hours. He was very nearly in tears. He couldn't cope with it for a measly two hours, and he was leaving his dog out there virtually 24/7 with no toys or any type of stimulation, and walking him once every two days for 30 minutes. And wondering why the poor thing was shredding his yard.

Needless to say, his wife thought it was hysterical but it certainly taught him a lesson.

tessa_s212
01-03-2007, 06:58 AM
I'm one of those people that have a very large fenced in yard and do not walk my dogs. The two dogs that are actually playful and very active get plenty of excersize running and running around our yard. For my pointer, there's even always plenty of birds in our trees and bushes to keep him entertained.

I would also like to remind you that there ARE other forms of excersize than just walking(and I assure you, walking isn't much excersize at all compared to what my dogs get). We train in agility, obedience and compete in jrs and conformation as well. And yes, though not as physically and mentally demanding, even jrs and conformation takes training. My dogs get PLENTY of mental stimulation. Some of the cockers that are getting older might even argue that they get a little too much! :p Our oldest of dogs that are retired are more than happy to sit in our house all day, get petted, cookies, and go outside in our yard. Not only must you take into consideration what other activities a person does with their dog, but you also have to consider the age and breed of the dog. Seven out of nine of our dogs are cockers. And all of those cockers are soon going to be 8+ years old. Though cockers are silly and goofy and fun, once they start getting older, they are just fine with sleeping just about all day when they aren't getting attention.

Angel Chicken
01-03-2007, 09:01 AM
We have a huge yard... and to tell you the truth, I am a bad mommy... I hardly ever walk Kona. She comes with me to the bus stop every afternoon (less than 1000 feet) offleash, but that is it.

BUT, Kona walks herself. We are in a very rural area and I let her romp around the two cornfields next to my apartment. That would be the extent of her walking.

Like RD said, walking wouldn't just do it for Kona. She, too, needs to play and run and jump to get good and tuckered out. Lemme tell ya, when she isn't tired, there is hell to pay!

shadowfacedanes
01-03-2007, 09:08 AM
For us, walks are for bonding, not exercise. If I were to provide Dakota with his daily requirements for exercise by walking him, I'd be walking all day. ;) He needs to do zoomies and play fetch in order to be sufficiently exercised.

BINGO!! I think that says it best!! In my situation anyhow.

I used to let the danes rip through the acreage all day, but when it came time to walk our two mile jaunt in the evenings (which was part of MY exercise regimen), they all went crazy. It was OUR time and they loved it.

A walk alone was not adequate for them to release all their zoomie/wrestling/tag energy needs, and running the acreage was not enough to satisfy their personal needs for bonding and attention.

Hannah also needs both - high energy exercise and slow long walks.

Spirit2010
01-03-2007, 09:13 AM
Well, whenever I beg my mom to go out for a walk, I beg to take Hershey, so he can get out of the yard, and my sister complains because I hear this, "Hes stinks" Then I say "Well then, give him a bath, I just gave him one!" But, in the spring he gets walked a lot, Because I can't walk on the road by myself. Since Sugar is gone, I have been taking this boy, on as many walks as I can. If it is threw the field to grandma's house we go! lol, but I take him on walks, and he runs in the yard, so he gets lots of exercise. :) And walking. But I hope I am doing it right. I feel bad that I can't walk him in the Winter. Because my family is kind of lazy. And don't want to do anything because its cold, but other than that, he gets many walks. :)

girlbuffalo1
01-03-2007, 09:16 AM
I thought dogs also needed walks as a means to learn dicipline, be exposed to the outside world (noises, people ect that you don't encounter at home, in the yard or at the dog park). I see a noticable difference in Wrigley's demeanor if oh say we don't go on a walk for 2 days in a row even though he gets just as much exercise playing indoors with us (for example in bad weather).
I also think other exercise is very important though--running around outside playing, playing games, going to the park ect--but it seems walks are a great way to teach obedience and stay in control of your dog.

casablanca1
01-03-2007, 09:16 AM
I have a big yard, and we don't do daily walks. Partly, in my defense, this is because I've had so many violent encounters with other people's dogs in my neighborhood, I am just not up to arming myself and going forth each night with a suitable attitude. I think that if you're just shoving the dog outside twice a day to eliminate, it's not exactly perfect exercise, but I don't think it's a huge deal that you have to walk the dog every day to 'socialize' them. It's a big defense from apartment dwellers that they know their dogs better since they walk them all the time, and while I see their point, I also see that my dog likes being out in the yard alone for extended periods of time without Mommy looking over her shoulder. I keep a sharp ear out for noises (or silences) but I let her hang outside alone for a while, and she loves it. Of course, we do live on an alley, so she has much scope for spectacular barking and posturing. She comes in from being outside with a boom, most nights, all jazzed and energized. I don't think she finds being outside boring at all, even if I'm not there to 'stimulate' her mind.

rij73
01-03-2007, 09:25 AM
Well, I have no choice since I don't HAVE a yard, LOL! Hudson gets FIVE walks a day. All together it's about 3-4 miles each day of city walking. Every few days we go to Prospect Park, and I break out the 30 foot lead and let him get a little freedom to roam among the leaves and trees.

I wish I had a yard, not to use as a substitute for walks, but just to have a place to play a good round of fetch or something. Even with a yard, though, I think walking and meeting people and dogs is good for a dog's spirit.

My childhood dog never EVER got walked and neither do my mom's current dogs. And boy, you can really tell... they are very unsocialized.

Fran27
01-03-2007, 10:47 AM
I'll admit it, we don't walk the dogs much. Part of it is that walks are just as boring, as the neighborhood is small and it's basically always the same thing anyway, and half the time we don't even meet anyone. There's no sidewalk on the streets around so otherwise we would have to take the car, and Boris hates the car, so in the end they definitely don't get walked every day. They used to much more when puppies though, but I really don't think the socialization here was that great, and we just don't always have the time on week ends for the drive to the park.

They really get their exercise in the yard, chasing each other with sticks etc, or running left and right to bark at people :rolleyes: (I really hate that...).

~Jessie~
01-03-2007, 10:54 AM
We have a dog park in my condo development which we use to run around and play in. The chis still get their walks because I feel that dogs need walks... we do it for bonding and mental stimulation.

Brattina88
01-03-2007, 10:56 AM
I've always had a small yard, so I wouldn't know :p LOL

I would like to say, that I hope a dog is getting occasional walks, for socialization, and leash manner's in public at least ;)

DanL
01-03-2007, 11:17 AM
I'm with RD, I'd be walking 20 hrs a day if that was the only exercise I could provide Gunnar. Bruzer isn't so bad, he gets pretty wiped out just keeping up with Gunnar out in the yard. We have a pretty good sized lot, 2/3 acre, and about half of it is fenced.

I do try and walk Gunnar daily, but sometimes it doesn't happen. He definitely gets at least 30 minutes of hard exercise a day out in the yard. I use 2 balls, a former football and a former basketball, throw one, as he returns it, throw the other. I can keep him sprinting for an extended period this way. I might do 10-15 tosses with each ball, then give him a short break, then start again. I also do something where I toss the ball about 5-6' in the air while he's about 20' away, and he'll leap to it and snag it out of the air. As he lands I toss the 2nd ball the same way, he'll drop the 1st and snag the 2nd. I can keep this going for a fair number of tosses before he misses.

The one thing we don't do in the yard is play frisbee, for that we go up to the school, where I can toss it a long distance. 20-30 throws, THEN we go for the walk, lol. I know once I get his panting into double time, he's getting his exercise in.

otch1
01-03-2007, 11:27 AM
Just talked about this last night! I've been so busy with Christmas boarders, haven't spent any time with my own dog or a clients dog. Both being shown in 2 weeks. Went out for training last night and in a group of 20 dogs, both of mine were antsy, pulling on leash, eager to play verses work. They need to get out of the yard to develope social skills, use their brains and learn to behave appropriately in public. Ball throwing and running amuck in the yard doesn't cut it if you want a happy well, behaved pup in public.

Bobsk8
01-03-2007, 12:01 PM
I don't have an enclosed yard in my Condo development but I do have a dog park 5 minutes from my home ( walking time, car not needed to get there). I take Smokey there every day and she runs the obstacle course in the very large fenced in area, but after that is over ( about 15 minutes at most, if there are no other dogs to play with), she heads for the exit and is ready to walk some more. I think she would be very unhappy if she had to give up her walks ( 4 + miles a day average) and only have a fenced yard to walk around. She loves to walk and explore....

sam
01-03-2007, 12:12 PM
This was just the subject of a big debate on another forum I go to. It started when a man who is physically unable to walk a dog regularly posted asking if he would still be able to provide a good home. He wanted to get a corgi. Boy were there some difeering opinions!
My dogs NEEEEED to get out to run and play, retrieve, sniff and explore. It seems like there are some breeds that don't need as much but would still benefit from at least a 20 minute sniffy walk if for no other reason than to have a chance to see some new sights and smell some new smells and get some continuous exercise.
Personally I don't see how anyone could own a dog and not walk it when the dogs love it so much. Running the dogs is often the best hour or two of my day!

iamawesum69420
01-03-2007, 12:34 PM
Roxie craves her daily walks. After a certain point in the morning, she sits and stares at you until you take her for her walk. She even recognizes with my mom is about to end a phone call and starts to get excited because she knows she's going to get to go. My parents have a huge area for the dogs to play in. There's a big yard and lots of surrounding woods. The woods is where we (my mom usually or me when I'm back home) walk them and they can go there by themselves, but it's just not the same as when we walk with them. Walks are such a great bonding experience for you and your dog, and I find it very peaceful and stress relieving for me.

Miakoda
01-03-2007, 12:40 PM
I think walks around the block, down the street, through the neighborhood, etc. are very important despite whether the dog has a huge backyard to play in. Hand walking/jogging not only is a great way of conditioning a dog (very different than sprints around a yard), but provides much needed mental stimulation & enjoyment for a dog. After a while, your backyard begins to look the same and so the dog gets mentally bored. A nice long walk allows the dog to view different scenery, be exposed to new people, dogs, cars, smells, etc., & also provides a great time to work on some much needed obedience.

M&M's Mommy
01-03-2007, 12:46 PM
I'm also one of those who do not walk their dogs daily. My 3Ms are small dogs, and my fenced in yard is huge. I think they get enough excercise chasing each other around. I do spend plenty of time daily to play fetch, cuddle, train, and provide individual attention to each one of them. Beside this, I take them out (to my parents & in-laws' houses) weekly, and once in a while we go to the dog park or dog beach where they get their socialization times.

I think it depends on the individial's situation and also the dog breeds, because some may need more stimulation & excercise than the others.

joce
01-03-2007, 01:07 PM
Daily my dogs don't really get walks-there are times with school adn running the house that they don't get a real walk for weeks.

But the thing is there walks are about the same as them running around my back yard so I don't see it as that big of an issue.

I can go and walk to the end of my yard and my dog gets mroe exercise than if I was to leash him and take him to the local park.


This is my back yard and the part the dogs can go to is the entire left side and litterally twenty acres back. They usually don't go far back jsut out to the sides. My neighbor to the right has a couple acres in between us that are shared between our dogs(they got my last rescues) and they all go their and play together.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/joceboo/100_2287.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/joceboo/100_3063.jpg
this is the side field
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/joceboo/100_3064.jpg
And this is a very smal view of the back field
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v195/joceboo/100_3070.jpg

Lizmo
01-03-2007, 01:20 PM
For us, walks are for bonding, not exercise. If I were to provide Dakota with his daily requirements for exercise by walking him, I'd be walking all day. ;) He needs to do zoomies and play fetch in order to be sufficiently exercised.

Ditto! Lizzie does the zoomies in the yard a lot when playing with Major! lol

For Lizzie, Walking is a bonding time and training time :) I time to get away from the house and noise that I have with 3 siblings. She gets to some times see other doggies and play, smell new smells and train with me(which she LOVES)

She is never that tired when we come back from our walks either, she could walk all day! :p

But, yes I think most dogs should at least get out once a week for a walk or going to the park to play or meet new people. Dogs need that socializing they get from getting out and being on a leash and training with their owners.

Kase
01-03-2007, 01:32 PM
I would never even think about not walking Casey, she LOVES her walks and so do I. With college somedays they are not as long as they used to be but she WILL no matter what get at least one walk almost every day of the year (recently we missed one because I couldn't walk due to a splinter lol).

Casey lives for her walks, yes she can get exercise in the garden but walking is about mental stimulation, exploring, meeting people and searching for good 'sniffies' lol. I know how happy she is when she's flying along the beach and the woods are like heaven to her, and me. To keep her in the garden and not take her out would be like keeping her in prison imo. However yes, we do have safe places to walk even if we live in a large town there are a lot of choices avaliable to us and for that I am thankful.

Doberluv
01-03-2007, 01:55 PM
I feel guilty if we go on the same trail more than about 3 or 4 consecutive times. "This must be getting boring for you. Next time we'll do the lake trail." I have all kinds of land but the dogs love their outings, new smells, just the thrill of doing something different. Our walks/hikes are for exercise, training practice and just for fun and novelty. It breaks up the day for all of us. Dogs LOVE walks. It's about their most favorite thing in the world.

When my old Lab was getting sicker and weaker and her walks were getting shorter and shorter, eventually only a little bit out in the yard, it was the saddest thing about her growing old. She was such a joyful thing on her walks. Her tail would just go and go with a full body wiggle. It was her absolute favorite thing. That was about the time I started really realizing that this was no life for her.

I've lived on farms and other kinds of acreages most of my adult life, like I do now and the dogs can run if they want to....but they don't too much unless they're playing or chasing something. The still love their outings.

Kase
01-03-2007, 02:00 PM
I feel guilty if we go on the same trail more than about 3 or 4 consecutive times. "This must be getting boring for you. Next time we'll do the lake trail." I have all kinds of land but the dogs love their outings, new smells, just the thrill of doing something different. Our walks/hikes are for exercise, training practice and just for fun and novelty. It breaks up the day for all of us. Dogs LOVE walks. It's about their most favorite thing in the world.

When my old Lab was getting sicker and weaker and her walks were getting shorter and shorter, eventually only a little bit out in the yard, it was the saddest thing about her growing old. She was such a joyful thing on her walks. Her tail would just go and go with a full body wiggle. It was her absolute favorite thing. That was about the time I started really realizing that this was no life for her.

I've lived on farms and other kinds of acreages most of my adult life, like I do now and the dogs can run if they want to....but they don't too much unless they're playing or chasing something. The still love their outings.

Oh Doberluv that must have been heartbreaking, I'm sorry. Thats my greatest fear about Casey getting older, like I said she lives for her walks.

I agree though, no matter how much land I will have in the future walks are just soooooo much fun for dogs! Casey loves our holidays to Scotland, all the exploring and walking = a VERY happy Casey and in return a VERY happy Kirsty.

Doberluv
01-03-2007, 02:40 PM
Yes Kirsty. It is the worst thing when you see their quality of life slipping away. But, I guess that's just the way it goes. You compensate the best you can with other things. You give Casey a wonderful life with all the nice places you take her. So, that is always a good feeling when it's time for them to go....that they did have a nice, enriching life.

chinchow
01-03-2007, 03:06 PM
I live on a lot of land, and a good portion of it is set for my dogs. They romp and run and play, and unless I feel like taking them out with me to run a few errands, they don't really go on walks. They get all the exercise and mental stimulation they need right here on my little farm.

Fran27
01-03-2007, 05:13 PM
Well I think that where you live is a factor too. If we lived at my house in Brittany in France, you bet my dogs would have lots of walks. In the neighborhood here, it's boring for the three of us :(

Whisper
01-03-2007, 05:24 PM
I agree walking for us is bonding, training, and stiimulation time. All three of enjoy getting away and spending time with just us outside in a different environment. Yes, we have 6 acres and we run around here and have jolly good fun but sometimes it's nice to take a little adventure.
I haven't been enjoying walks that much, lately, though, because of all the development. :(
I'm trying to find a new place to go walk.
Also when we walk I go with my friend and her dog so I get to see my friend and the dogs get to see their friend and it's social time for them and me as well.

elegy
01-03-2007, 08:39 PM
i think it depends very much on what kind of quality time you're spending with your dogs. there are plenty of ways to keep a dog's brain busy and occupied as well as exercise them without leash-walking.

my own dogs get leash walked close to daily, but i'd be in big trouble if i had to rely soley on leash-walking for exercise (as luce so generously proved to me during her two weeks of crate rest and leash walks only. oy.)

uhmanda00
01-03-2007, 09:24 PM
My dogs are outside dogs and kept in a large fenced in area, about one acre. The two setters were both bred for hunting... they do not stop running the entire day, literally. They believe walks are torture. I do let them out to play on a regular basis in the entire yard [3 acres], and that is our bonding time. With my two goldens, they like walks, and I do walk them every month or so, but only when the weather is nice. They MUCH rather get their exercise by being let out to run in the yard, retrieve, swim in the pool [may-october], work on obedience, and do other activities. So that is what we do... it's all about FUN! They wouldn't rather have it any other way. :)

misticaleclipse
01-03-2007, 10:16 PM
I'm also one of those who do not walk their dogs daily. My 3Ms are small dogs, and my fenced in yard is huge. I think they get enough excercise chasing each other around. I do spend plenty of time daily to play fetch, cuddle, train, and provide individual attention to each one of them. Beside this, I take them out (to my parents & in-laws' houses) weekly, and once in a while we go to the dog park or dog beach where they get their socialization times.

I think it depends on the individial's situation and also the dog breeds, because some may need more stimulation & excercise than the others.

When I originally got Charlie we lived in an apartment and went for walks daily. When we moved into the house I kept doing it, but over time he seems less and less interested and just wants to sleep when I get home.

He runs around the yard, plays fetch with my fiance during the day, and every day or so gets a visit with the next door neighbors dog/s as well. He then gets the occasional walk and also comes with us on any outings I can bring him on. I always have a good game of fetch when I get home and hes pretty tired for the night.

So it does depend on the dog.

Road dog
01-04-2007, 04:01 AM
Our girls have about 2 acres fenced for their safety. Everything a dog could want. Trees, grass, open space, places to play hide & seek, rabbits to chase, and thinking about putting in a pond this summer for their swimming pleasure.

Despite all this, when I say "How about a walk?" they both jump for joy and we had BETTER be serious about taking them, or we'll be paying for it with hyper dogs later. We try to take them out for about 90 minutes to 2 hours a day. Sometimes leash walks in town, but usually long off leash romps out at the farm museum I volounteer at (with permission of course)

They also get at LEAST two trips to the dog park every week. If the weather is bad, we go to Petco and let them shop :D Not much exercise but it's still an outing.

Edit: I read this post out loud to Roxy, both girls are in the room with us. I had to spell out w-a-l-k, m-u-s-e-u-m, p-a-r-k, and
P-e-t-c-o to keep the dogs from going bonkers, just like with kids LOL

DanL
01-04-2007, 08:32 AM
Despite all this, when I say "How about a walk?" they both jump for joy and we had BETTER be serious about taking them, or we'll be paying for it with hyper dogs later.

I don't even have to say walk. As soon as I grab a poopie bag out of the plastic bag holder and put it in my pocket he's jumping off the walls. :)

uhmanda00
01-04-2007, 04:34 PM
we go to Petco and let them shop :D Not much exercise but it's still an outing.

Lucy and I do that too... at least every other week... she LOVES it!! :)

And we go to Academy [Located in South and East US only] sometimes too... Petco is more fun though, because people in there aren't surprised when a dog comes around the corner. We mainly went there right before she had her CGC & TDI tests, so she could work with distractions.

boxerbaby
01-06-2007, 05:12 AM
I think this really depends on the yard and the owners. If some one is out playing with their dog in the yard is fine, but just leaving them out is different. I didn't have a fenced yard. We did have a big yard and I played with him constantly. We did by one of those under ground fences to teach him the boundries, so I didn't like to accually walk him out of his boundry, I lived on a main road and if the door got left open (he stayed in the yard, so if he went out he didn't go any where) I didn't want him to decide to go for a walk by him self, it only takes a secound to get hit by a car. So I wouldn't take him near the road on walks, he didn't know the difference between having a leash and walking with me or walking by himself, just wandering a little. So no, I think the yard was fine, but I did talk him for a ride so I could walk him some where else and he could get other expiriences. I just feel if I accually walked him out of my proprty with a leash, he may have decided to go alone (I didn't just leave him out unattended, but he was trained to stay in the yard, and he went out while a door was opened he wouldn't run off or wander, I think because he was never allowed to walk out of his boundry.)

frenchboxer
01-07-2007, 01:49 AM
My cousin lives on a 22 thousand hectare farm, and she walks her Rottie twice a day :lol-sign: .

oc_spirit
01-07-2007, 04:47 PM
YA the whole big yard=no walks is a myth. Its simply a lazy person's excuse for not getting off their butts and walking their dog. A dog simply does not excercise itself in a yard anyways. Sure they may run around some and bark at things but those crazy zoomies are outlets of pent up energy and do not suffice as proper excercise. If I kept the boys in the yard all day and did not take them out of it ever, they would go stir-crazy! They start getting into stuff and doing things they're not supposed because they get so boooooored and so full of energy.

lakotasong
01-07-2007, 05:13 PM
I don't walk my dogs daily. I do go hiking with a handful of them (and I rotate which ones) every weekend though. I hike on my property and my neighbor's mostly, but sometimes pack a few of them in the car and go to the state forest land just for a change of scenary.

The three lightened parts of the property are what is fenced for dogs (the photo is about 15 years old and taken before we fenced it for dogs):

http://lakotasong.com/photos/propertyfences.jpg

The large one is where I do activities with them, throw balls around and play tag mostly. The smaller two (one behind the barn and one next to it) are where they are during the day while I am at work.

They have the ENTIRE barn (yes, everything except the white ranch house is barn) to play in each morning and evening for about an hour at a time while I do farm chores. I have 10 dogs, and they're Siberians. They keep each other busy. Most of them are also older dogs. When they were younger, we were training in harness 3-5 times a week (up to 20 miles at a time).

My dogs get plenty of socialization with our 4H classes held here, my friends, and my foster dogs coming and going. And I do a few public demos a year with them, where they are hugged and loved on by kids and adults of all ages.

I also do agility, and our set up is in the larger red part of the barn to the right of the ranch house. We have everything except a dog walk.

But no, I don't do daily walks.

tessa_s212
01-07-2007, 05:32 PM
YA the whole big yard=no walks is a myth. Its simply a lazy person's excuse for not getting off their butts and walking their dog. A dog simply does not excercise itself in a yard anyways. Sure they may run around some and bark at things but those crazy zoomies are outlets of pent up energy and do not suffice as proper excercise. If I kept the boys in the yard all day and did not take them out of it ever, they would go stir-crazy! They start getting into stuff and doing things they're not supposed because they get so boooooored and so full of energy.

You simply cannot assume that. Every person and every dog is different. To say that just because a person does not walk their dog because they have a huge amount of backyard does not make a person lazy. I for one excersize my dogs quite a bit. They are HAPPY to just spend the time inside without walks by the time I'm done with the training and playing and going to classes and shows.

And yes, actually, my two active dogs give themselves plenty of excersize by themselves in our yard. They run around quite a bit, up and down, they play together, grab toys and throw them in the air.

And if my dogs aren't proof enough, same goes for at least two of my friend's dogs. One lives in town and could walk her dogs, but there is no need to. And the other lives in teh country, and the dogs never get walked.. just time to run in the yard.

Walking or not walking your dogs should not be the end of hte argument on whether a person is lazy and taking care of their dogs properly. You must look at all other aspects as well.

oc_spirit
01-07-2007, 05:42 PM
The OP was talking about just letting the dogs in the yard NOT about going into the yard with the dogs and actually doing stuff with them. Or at least that is how I understood it. If I am wrong forgive me. Going into the yard and playing fetch or doing OB drills or agility runs is WAY different than just opening the screen door and saying "there you go fido" also whether you have a one dog home or two dog home is different as well.