|Barked: Fri Apr 26, '13 9:09am PST |
|All advice above is good When Charks was 2, we'd walk around 5 mi/d, go to assorted training 3 times/wk, dog park with water retrieves on Sat & Sun. Retrieves into Mississippi tired her since the current is significant
In general, the more physical stuff you do, the stronger your dog will become. You've got to work on the mental as well to really tire the pup. You can incorporate ob/agility exercises into all of this. Dog-dog interactions are also exhausting.
Rollerblading? I don't. I have biked using the Springer. Works fine. I don't particularly enjoy it because the amount of exercise _I_ get is nil (darn dog moves the bike at a good cruise!). BTW, Charks has a wagon and some grandkids to ride in it. THAT is serious exercise for the pup.
As others are noting, for blading (or biking, or cart/wagon, or sled, or skis) you NEED to be able to command a start, a slowdown, and a stop. You also want a 'leave-it', and a right and left command... The wagon is nice because Chark immediately gets that she can't chase squirrels or interact with other dogs... she's 'on the job'. The downside to wagons is that she'd like to move at well above a human walk. Kids love it... and are constantly calling for more speed ('hup')... a short, full speed run certainly wears ME out.
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