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View Poll Results: What is your preferred method of exercising your dog?
Walks 13 30.95%
Runs 6 14.29%
Your dog running beside a bike 2 4.76%
Flirt pole 4 9.52%
Dog park 8 19.05%
"Playdates" 0 0%
Fetch in the backyard 7 16.67%
Just letting him blow off steam in the backyard by himself 2 4.76%
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:47 PM
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Default What's your preferred method of exercising your dog?

So, from these options: walks, runs, your dog running alongside a bike, dog parks, flirt pole, fetch (like in the backyard), or 'puppy playdates' with special friends, which is your preferred method of exercising your dog? (If your answer is one that I haven't mentioned, please excuse me and we can add it to the list!)
I like the dog park. Our dog park in our area is wonderful - probably about an acre or two with about 60% being very carefully manicured grass and the other 40% being densely treed area with lots of squirrels to chase . All the dogs have to turn in their medical records and immunization records before they can enter the park, and you have to pay $48 a year to allow your dog into the park. (Your dog gets a special dog tag that says "___ Dog Park" after that too .) All the dogs who go are regulars - so every dog knows the other dogs that will show up. There's kind of like the early crowd, the 11:00 crowd, the 12:00 crowd, 2:00 crowd, 4:00 crowd, etc. It is so awesome! There are also big benches in the shade for the people to sit in and big baby pools filled with water for hot days (for the dogs of course, not the humans!). There are also lots of really nice buckets filled with water and a horse on the property.
All that being said (and yes, I am very proud of my dog park so excuse my bragging!), I do take Mollie on some walks. She usually has 2 15-30 minute walks as well as a 1 - 1 1/2 hours at the dog park each day.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:07 PM
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We live in a fairly rural area and my family owns about a thousand acres + a decent sized lake. We try to take them down to the lake at least once a week. They run about 3/4 of a mile, plus zoomies at the lake/wading in the water.

They play behind our house everyday, which is about an acre non-wooded. We normally meet up with DJEtzel a few times a month for playdates, and either do a walk or go on a socialization trip. The KalHaven Trail is where we go for a lot of our walks, but I tend to frequent that more in the fall/spring as it gets very busy in the summer. I do like to bike with them as well, but haven't been able to much this summer unfortunately.

In about a year, we will be living closer to the lake again, which will provide us more time down there.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:11 PM
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I like swimming them but fetch is most common.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:13 PM
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My preference is off leash hikes in the woods. Off-road bike paths make wonderful dog walking paths and I'm lucky enough to have moved close by a great network of them.

If I'm tight for time, we do some frisbee/ball work at the park or vigorous trick training sessions. Agility class also serves as a walk at least one day a week.

I'm totally slacking off on exercising the dogs lately though. It's been too hot for Cohen to really want to exert herself, so she's becoming a skinnyfat.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:16 PM
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My dogs mainly get exercised through agility and disc. We practice at least once a day in either. Off leash hikes are common and swimming is common as well.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:16 PM
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Off leash walking or training usually. Of course Mia gets tennis ball playing pretty much every day.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:27 PM
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Walks, agility, and just general running around / playing in the yard.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:32 PM
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Lately agility has been enough to wear her out (thanks, heat!) but when it cools off and she gets her energy back, the dog park is a god send for such an energetic dog!

Leash walks would never be enough to tire her, and there is nowhere around here I can legally let her off leash to run, save for the dog park.

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Old 07-03-2013, 01:34 PM
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Pip - Dog Park
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:34 PM
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Running with the 4 wheeler on his "grandparents'" 600+acre farm. That happens about once a week, other than that, my best friend owns a dog facility and we will go there and he will chase his exercise ball around in that yard or we play fetch/frisbee outside our place.
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