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15 October 2008 @ 09:37 pm
Walks  
How often do you walk your Bostons? Daisy has had a lot of accidents lately and my mom seems to think that I don't walk her enough. I disagree but I'm curious to know how often you walk your bosties - how many times a day, and for how long?
 
 
 
Shannon: Dogs - Dog Lovershannon_elaine on October 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Our dogs go out every two hours.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 16th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
For a walk or just out? Like out around the block?
Shannon: Dogs - Bugsy shannon_elaine on October 16th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
Both. It varies. But they go out one way or another every two hours. That cut down the accidents in a big way.
Madalyn: snoopylovebird on October 16th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
I probably don't walk her for the sake of walking as often as I should. Running around the house and playing fetch seems to burn off her energy just as good. I don't have a set timed potty routine. We just go out whenever she hits the door.
stacyleigh_1999stacyleigh_1999 on October 16th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
I rarely take my boston for a walk but she has a doggy door for when she needs to go out and use the bathroom or run around in the yard.
drive_into_medrive_into_me on October 16th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
we walk mia every couple of days, but we take her outside at least 5-6 times a day, even when she doesn't stand by the door.

and like someone mentioned previously, she sprints from room to room too, and that seems to burn her out.
Jennylittlesunflower on October 16th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Gambit and Daisy get lots of exercise chasing each other around the house. I take them out every 1.5 hours. When I am not exhausted from getting up for work at 6 am and getting home at 5 pm, I will take them around the block, although usually walks are reserved for weekends. I thought that seemed reasonable but my mother disagrees...
drive_into_medrive_into_me on October 17th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
i think it's reasonable. i have read that bostons need minimal exercise.
asavasasavas on October 16th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
We walk Geech at least once every day around the block (15-20 minutes) unless we take him to the park for fetch, because he will wear himself out on his own! If it's a nice day on the weekend we'll go to the lake or something.

He is really, really, really energetic and definitely needs some outdoor activity every day. We could easily do two walks a day, every day, but he and I both love sleeping too much to get up any earlier than we already do ;)

If it's raining or way too hot or snowing, he won't want to go out anyway so we'll just have extra play-time at home.

We take him out to pee whenever he sits in front of the door, before we leave him to go out, right when we get home, and before bed. He hasn't had an accident in years but I attribute that to him being able to tell us when he needs to go. Even if it's in the middle of the night--ugh.

Personally, I think dogs should be walked at least 1-2 times a day. I think it's important for them to get out of their usual environment and smell new things and get fresh air. They may love being at home with their friends, you, and their toys, but I really think they need that extra stimulation. I also think it reinforces the "peeing happens outside" rule.
thenomadprincesshereinparis on October 16th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
It's sad to say, but we're really horrible parents and don't walk Suki (our Bosty) and Winston (our Jack Russell) very often. Maybe twice a week. I, like you, feel like death by the time I get home and the fact that Suki will curl up with me on the couch and cuddle doesn't help get me out the door! I must admit that due to my chronic laziness, we've started sending her to doggy daycare once a week in order to get her out and about and to afford her more socialization with other doggies (since Winston is a grumpy boy). They walk her twice on the days she's there and she burns a hell of a lot of energy and sleeps for a day and a half upon her return. She loves her Wednesdays. $20 well-spent for a busy family.