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    No, we don't. On the advice of a few canine behaviourist we've been told it is much better to walk your dogs a couple of times a week, then do other activities with them the other days. Dogs using their brain get more satisfaction and happily tired out than just plain walking.

    We play 'treasure hunt' sniff and find games, they work for their food through puzzle toys, and for the younger (8 years old) dog we do occasional zoomies in the backyard with DH and I joining in. Once we started this sort of routine instead of only walking, neither of our dogs were destructive in any way.

    Walking is also stressful for some dogs (including mine) if they have issues with other dogs, cars or an owner who is nervous about taking them out.

    Walking your dog is fine, but it's not the only way for them to get exercise and be stimulated.

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    Default The question for those that own a dog

    We have a border collie and to be honest we don't walk him very often at all. We do go out and throw the ball for about 1/2 an hour a couple of times a day and one of our friends drops her dog off at least once a week so he gets a good run around then too.
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    We have a border collie too and I used to when ours was younger and we lived in suburbia. But now she's 10 and we live on a farm, so I don't walk her daily. She has the run of the acre house block, we go for a bush walk sometimes and the kids play with her, so she still gets exercise, but not a daily walk. She loves to do what I call her hot laps of the driveway (circular and she cuts through the garden sometimes to leap off the levels) a few times every day and then has a sleep for a few hours

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    Our dogs don't get walked every day. I can't wrangle a one year old and two medium size, fairly boisterous dogs by myself, and DH often works long hours. So a few times a week. But we have two dogs so they chase each other around the yard and wear each other out and we play in the yard too.

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    Really depends on the dog... some breeds are more active than others and some need more stimulation than others.
    We adopted a Rottweiler puppy who we used to take on walks and trips (beach, hiking) but as he aged we had to cut back now he gets a 5 min walk up the road (more for a sniff around)
    Maybe getting a mature dog might be best if you can't walk everyday.

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    We have an active dog and I walk him two- three times a week and dog park three times a week sometimes. Exercise isn't mostly important this is a lie mind games are more important.

    Now we don't have two dogs we send our dogs to dog day care once a week for socialising

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillDweller View Post
    No, we don't. On the advice of a few canine behaviourist we've been told it is much better to walk your dogs a couple of times a week, then do other activities with them the other days. Dogs using their brain get more satisfaction and happily tired out than just plain walking.

    We play 'treasure hunt' sniff and find games, they work for their food through puzzle toys, and for the younger (8 years old) dog we do occasional zoomies in the backyard with DH and I joining in. Once we started this sort of routine instead of only walking, neither of our dogs were destructive in any way.

    Walking is also stressful for some dogs (including mine) if they have issues with other dogs, cars or an owner who is nervous about taking them out.

    Walking your dog is fine, but it's not the only way for them to get exercise and be stimulated.

    This is me, I get nervous walking dogs as well because of a few dog attack incidents when I was younger.

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    I'm also thinking about an indoor cat or dog, at least they'll have more attention from us, especially in winter when it gets very cold here in Melb.

    Any recommendations to look out for (cat/dog) that are:
    - cuddly (I want a cat to sit on my lap ;-)
    - don't shed much (both dog or cat)
    - friendly with kids


    Thanks!
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    Burmese cats are incredibly friendly and good with kids. They're often called the "dogs" of the cat world as they are quite chilled and love being indoors.

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    I think a Burmese of Rag doll cat is going to suit your house and lifestyle


 

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