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Do you ever just....feel guilty?

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by PeytonLove, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    My neighborhood, while being a neighborhood of pretty nice homes, is full of older couples and families, all whom seem to have out of control dogs. Everything from loose dogs, tiny yapping dogs on the ends of flexi-leads, or tiny dogs inclosed in "fences" with slots big enough for them to shoot through and become loose, or just dumb owners who let their dog's leash go on accident (grr).

    I've stopped walking Peyton in my neighborhood. I have a huge backyard that we play in for at least 30 minutes to an hour or so everyday, lots of fetch, lots of running around, and some little flirt pole activity. He goes outside and plays at a few times a day and seems very content and happy with it, it seems to be just enough energy release for him to be a tired, happy dog. Is it wrong that I've stopped walking him? I'm just so damn nervous everytime I take him out, becasue everytime we go farther than my street, something happens. Whether it be like the time a woman was holding her dog's leash, her dog started barking at Peyton and I, and she let the leash go....allowing her dog to charge Peyton, grab him by the neck and tumble him over. Or the times people are out with tiny dogs going potty in their front yards without leashes, and the dogs chase Peyton. Or the little dogs slip through the fence. Or when people are being DRAGGED down the street by their huge, overweight, strong Labs who are snarling at him and I can just...picture them getting loose and ripping him apart, because lord knows he probably wouldn't fight back, he'd lay down and scream. Peyton has never once showed any type of aggression towards another dog and even though he's a mix, I don't want to take the chance of anything happening to him or another dog.

    Am I wrong to not really walk him much anymore? He gets plenty of exercise and we frequent the different pet stores in my area at least a handful of times a month and he loves it, but is he "missing out" on not being walked that often?

    I don't know. I know walking is so good for him, and he really loves it and its good for me too, but is it really worth all the trouble and nervousness? I have never ONCE had a pleasasnt experience walking Peyton in my neighborhood, and not because of him, but because of other dogs. I'm an anxious person as it is and these situations only make it worse.

    Any thoughts? Anyone else in situations like this?
  2. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    yep, been there, done that. i know theyre pricey, but get yourself a treadmill. that or find somewhere in the country you can exercise your dog.
  3. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    Is the exercise he's getting by the fetch, running around and flirt pole in the yard not enough do you think? I was definitely thinking of getting a treadmill at some point for him though. They are pretty cheap on CL. He's a big scardy cat so I have a feeling its going to take him forever to get used to it. The dumb dog is afraid of a laundry basket being pushed down the hall. :lol:
  4. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    does he seem happy? is he tired when youre done? if yes, then id say youre doing just fine.
  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I never walk my dogs. :eek:

    LOL, no really, I don't. I mean I might every few months, but it's rare. I've had way too many fluff balls run up on us to be comfortable with it anymore.

    Treadmill is a great idea. If I can get Piper on it, you can get Peyton on it ;)
  6. ZeeAvi10

    ZeeAvi10 Big Dog

    Yeah I don't either...I know...I feel like shit about it too...but I have thought about walking them individually every other day in the morning...at least Avi because she does seem to "crave" it - BUT...the backyard isn't enough in my opinion. If he's tired enough, then just designate one or two days a month to start out with and find a trail or a field, or a neighborhood without a lot of dogs or something and take him on a two hour trek. You will love it, hell love it...We take Avi snowshoeing once a month and she is happy happy for days after.

    ---------- Post added at 01:23 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:21 PM ----------

    Side note: Kady, what do you do for activities? Obed, flirt pole, treadmill, spring pole, fetch...anything else? I always look for ways to keep them bored, multiple dogs can be hard in this way...we've got a system down, but I think Avi is getting bored...surprise...
  7. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Well, having 3 dogs, including one pup, they keep themselves quite entertained. Like right now they're running around the house playing with various bones/balls/etc.

    But I do all kinds of stuff with them.. we do OB daily, laser light (I know there's some controversy about them but my dogs love it and I haven't seen any ill effects), fetch inside, do a lot of tug, and definitely treadmill. I also have a big field right in front of my house that I take them out on a 50' long line in and play fetch.. haven't been able to do that recently though because of the damn weather.

    Treadmill has been a life saver for me because up until last weekend, our weather had been complete crap so there was no way for them to play outside without turning into mud balls and ruining my yard.

    I also just got e-collars for them so that I can take them to play in this HUGE field (it's not fully fenced, hence the e-collars) that I found where no one ever is, so that'll be another fun thing for them to do.
  8. TigerDog

    TigerDog Good Dog

    I deal with it. I take a chain and whack the crap out of any dog with a dumb enough owner to let it try and attack us. Where I'm at if you let your dog run loose than you're in the wrong according to AC. So, even if a freaking Maltese runs up and bites my pit bull I can smack that dog in front of his owners without being in trouble legally.
  9. ZeeAvi10

    ZeeAvi10 Big Dog

    Yeah just not my style I guess.

    Kady - yeah about the same here then...Those kong wubbas are awesome for in the house fetch. We have a "dog park" in town - don't freak everybody - I have gone there about 2-3x a week for the past two years and seen 5 dogs in my time there. I keep leads around my neck and there are 3 gates to come in, so I politely ask them to wait for us to leave and to have the dog on leash as mine aren't a fan and everyone has been more than gracious. There is NEVER any waste in the park and its is about the size of a VERY large backyard, so it is on the small side. Its pretty convenient for us.
  10. Spacehuman

    Spacehuman Puppy

    I figure that they can get plenty of muscle exercise in the backyard. But I walk them to give them new interesting things to smell, so I think of walking as exercising their noses.

    I'd keep walking him if possible, sounds like you are describing things that are more like a nuisance than danger.
  11. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    Definitely not my style either but its a thought. I'm an "all talk, no action" type of person and I'm someone who will never be able to own more than one dog (and i don't mind it, actually) because if they were to fight, I'm the person that freezes up and panics for a second. It's just my nature, in any terrifying situation really and unfortunately that's how I am.

    But, to answer some other questions, we do frequent some people parks once in a while (that allow leashed dogs) and we walk around there for a bit and he seems to enjoy that. Its just the whole neighborhood issue I guess, I'm just so anxious of what another dog may do to him, or what he may do to another dog if his DA suddenly decides to kick in.

    My other option for walks (that doesn't involve me taking him to a park etc) is the busy road outside our house, is exactly 1 mile to the intersection and back and has a sidewalk. I'd just be nervous something would happen to his collar(s) and he'd get away from me and into this busy street.

    I'm such a worrywort. I don't know how I'm going to have kids one day! :eek:

    ---------- Post added at 01:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:19 PM ----------

    I think encountering loose dogs constantly on walks are a danger more than an nuisance to be honest. I'd like to prevent injury to myself, my dog and someone else's dog if at all possible. :/
  12. RuffMuttK9z

    RuffMuttK9z Little Dog

    If he seems happy and is content, then quit worrying.

    I never walk my dogs on leashes. Even in our old house they were never walked on leashes. We loaded them all up and took them to various secluded parks/lakes we had found over the years.

    But now they have 5 fully fenced acres and spent several hours outside everyday. They are SO HAPPY and now when they come inside they crash out instead of wrestle all over the place!
  13. ZeeAvi10

    ZeeAvi10 Big Dog

    I agree with Ruff - Stop worrying - if hes getting stimulation and he crashes then he's good. :)
  14. Sweetie Darlin'

    Sweetie Darlin' Good Dog

    I have one that gets depressed, Rose, if I don't walk her. She will cry like a baby if she doesn't see me getting ready. It keeps me in shape though so I'm thankful she REALLY wants to go or I might slack but it does keep the frustration between the dogs down and I know if I go more than 2 days without the walk I'm inviting trouble.

    But I agree, if you dog is getting sufficient exercise--why worry?! :)

    I am considering a treadmill myself so they can exercise everyday. I can't get the energy myself to walk 4 miles 7 days a week. Five is ALL I can do! LOL

    Oh, and I do walk them seperately.
  15. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Mine love walks, so I walk them when I'm not living in the arctic tundra. And I like walking them, I love the exercise, and it gives me time to think.

    And you'd be amazed at how quick people who let their dogs run around off leash start leashing their dogs after they see you kick one across the street, or whack it upside the head with a break stick.

    Although my favorite was a guy up the road with a cute female Rottie who ran up to Lucy... first I heard him yell "It's okay she's nice", then he saw Lucy and yelled "Oh shit! That's a pit bull!!!!" and ran over and picked up his dog.:lol: Now she's always locked up in her yard.
  16. doughenry

    doughenry Little Dog

    This sounds so familier I have almost 2 acres,but love taking Bam Bam for walks.It seems that other people in the neighborhood thinks its ok to let their dogs roam and its really a distraction for us.My pup would mind his own bussines until the other muts come right up on him.My son was walking Bam Bam yesterday and a lab would not leave them alone so he got really upset and discouraged cause Bam Bam would not respond to any commands.It really pisses me off when you cant even take your dog for a walk!So now before we go, where going to make phone calls to make sure that people keep their mutts up.Today I found one of the best places to let my pup run,its called battified park,its like 20 acres and not one person their today. So we spent 1 hour letting Bam Bam run like crazy.
  17. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    :lol: at the Rottie guy.

    Yeah Lily and I had to sneak down the alley to go to campus for a walk today because my stupid neighbor's stupid aggressive lab was out front today. Why the f they do that when they have a fully fenced backyard is beyond me. Pretty classy folks.

    I usually run them at night after I get off work and have dinner though. Too many joe blow people who have no right to even be on campus (its a private college) bring their rude little rat dogs (and the odd lunging obese lab on a cracking flexi-lead) to campus and are very inconsiderate even though mine are leashed and being drilled on OB exercises (might as well take advantage of the distraction right?). And they don't pick up after them either. Grrr.

    Don't even get me started on the other public paths. And I gave up on neighborhood walking years ago.

    Oh and get this I read in the paper the other day that in Boise they are thinking about having "off leash" hours in all the public parks in addition to the three designated dog parks they already have. Great, want to guess how soon after that BSL comes along?
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  18. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    I would love to walk my dogs more but with my little ones I can't relax because of loose dogs. I'm always on scan & kill mode. With my Am bulldog it's better, she could defend herself while I kick the shit out of the loose dog. But that's not very relaxing...

    I'm gonna have to find a friend with a big fenced yard...
  19. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    We walk our dogs in the middle of the night. There is no dogs out, no neighbors, no nothing. It is great. Otherwise, we let them play in our backyard. Ususally the hubby will take them out and play fetch, play with the flirtpole or springpole with them.
  20. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I walk mine, all except the small one - she doesn't really care for walks..

    I am just prepared to beat another dog away, or in the case of a small fluffball I just pick mine (Roxy, the -40lb bulldog) up, or hold their heads up (in -90lb J's case) and either snatch the little mutt up or scare it away..

    Maybe I'm just too stubborn, but I'm not about to let irresponsible dog owners ruin my walks.. We have leash laws in Virginia, and those not following it and resulting in someone else suffering need to be called on.

    I DO carry mace, but you can't use mace if it's windy and you chance spraying yourself and your dog... however never had a problem with guns.

    A few of the ladies I see walking their dogs around here carry canes/walking sticks JUST for dogs.

    I do several miles a day with mine and don't have real problems, and when I do I handle it.

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