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Old 06-17-2011, 12:50 PM
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Breeders who don't seem to walk their dogs

I've been surprised at the number of breeders who don't seem to regularly walk their dogs. One of the things I ask the breeders I speak to is how much exercise they find their dogs need every day. It's partly a question to find out what I'm aiming to achieve but also a way of finding out whether they actually walk their dogs.

Whilst I can't say I've spoken to loads of people there so far seems to be a split between 'professional' dog breeders (those who show for example) who seem not to walk their dogs daily - and some only once or twice a week - and the 'hobby' breeders who seem to walk their dogs most days. I've been asking about Miniature Poodles and Miniature Schnauzers so to be fair I'm not asking about dogs which need hours of exercise per day.

I think it's important to walk a dog daily - at least most days - to benefit its overall health and well-being. And I'm not sure I feel that running around a garden is the same thing (unless said garden is several acres!!). Am I being a bit OTT about this - do you think its possible to have a healthy dog without giving them regular walks?
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:02 PM
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I guess it depends on the dog's personality and if they are getting enough exercise w/o a walk. Right now I think taking our dog on walks at least once daily (and going to parks and public areas a few times a week) is important because she's a bit reactive and we're working on her socialization/desensitization. I guess if a dog has been socialized and is getting enough exercise w/o going on a walk, a few times a week vs. every day is OK. I do tend to feel a bit bad for the dog being stuck inside all day though - unless, like you said, the owners have acreage for the dog to run on or something. I would probably have to evaluate the living situation of the dogs with a breeder and determine if I felt the no-walks was a point against me purchasing from them.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:53 PM
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I think most bigger breeders do not walk their dogs like us pet-owners do. I'm not sure its very important if they do or not, in terms of what you want from a pup. Many breeders have some sort of an exercise yard for their dogs to stretch their legs, and that is just fine.

What I'd be looking for is solid genetics of good temperament and good health, primarily. After that I'd be looking for a clean environment where the pups are clearly being handled gently and with care. After that, I don't think most other stuff is going to matter in the long run, in terms of the impact on your puppy.

You are not going to find the "perfect" breeder. What you want is a solid puppy that you can raise to good result. That's mostly about genetics, with also considerations that the pup gets a reasonably good start his/her first 8 weeks, but it does not have to be a perfect home, just "good enough" not to mess up the puppy.
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Good points both. And Tess, you're right - I think I've got myself a bit too tied up in knots trying to do the 'right thing' by the dogs but I guess, as long as I feel the breeders have done their best to bring healthy puppies into the world then I shouldn't worry too much about the other 'stuff'.
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I aim to give mine a walk each each day, I walk them seperately as Freddy is reactive to puppies. However, if one of them has to go without for some reason, it's usually Freds as he's the most laid back dog I know. He never chews, jumps up, nothing, but he LOVES his walks so I still walk him regardless of whether he needs it or not. Maisy chews sometimes if she isn't walked, and she's lovely to walk off-lead as she's got a solid recall and sticks by me, to the point that instead of just running up to a dog she'll look at me first for confirmation! Freddy isn't as good and though he comes back and away from dogs should I ask, he still runs to greet them without checking with me first, and being that he's reactive to puppies, this means that unless we're walking somewhere very quiet he's usually on flexi or long-line.

I know a breeder who has about twelve dogs at the moment, and all of them are walked and go to training twice a week, and she shows! So not all bad my dearie!
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Well, thank goodness for that!! I wasn't (hopefully) damning all breeders, it was just that I started to notice the difference as I seem to be speaking to lots at the moment. I have to say that I've found all top breeders very helpful and informative and I feel more confident that I'll get a good pup and not support dodgy breeding! I'll keep you posted.
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Also, whether the adults are walked or not won't affect your puppy, because you'll be getting him young so he won't have had all of his shots to be able to go for walks, so he won't have missed out on anything by whatever the breeders choose for exercising their dogs.

I have small dogs and a triplex block with one (smallish) house on it. If it's rainy or I don't feel like going for a walk I can give the dogs a good workout by chucking balls in the backyard. They just chase the balls and do crazy laps around and tucker themselves out that way. Shirley loves chasing balls. She's always preferred it to walking. Harry liked to wee on trees, so he liked walks, but he'd slowed down a lot before he died and slept a lot. Basil needs his walk because he's all hyperactive and needs an outlet, but Shirley can decide whether she wants to come or not. If she doesn't want to come, she hides under the bed. If she doesn't come out, I just let her stay there and have some time out. I think dogs need exercise and stimulation, and there are other ways that some dogs can get that besides walks. (It depends on the dogs though, it's obviously a whole other story for high-energy or working dogs.)

I think you need to pick your dog, Sarah. I think part of your issue now is that the dogs are anonymous. When you meet the dog for you, you'll just be smitten and your other worries and concerns won't be so important. As long as you've done your basic homework about the breeder, wait to meet the right dog. When you meet him/her you'll feel sure about your decision and not be so concerned about all of these issues that are worrying you now.
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Thanks Cornetto. I realise I am perhaps going a bit OTT about this and I need to calm down. At the end of the day there are no guarantees and, as you say, as long as I've done my basic research I'll leave the rest to instinct.
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I went through the same sort of things before I got Basil. I worried whether Shirley should have a new "brother" after she'd had Harry and at her age, whether the new dog would be found wanting after Harry who was special, whether I wanted to take on a new dog and the effort of training when I'd had 2 dogs who were easy to live with, etc. etc. etc. All of those doubts and worries continued until we met Basil and I thought "I want this dog". He's a pain in the neck, he'll still poo in the house if I let him, he won't quit barking at the cats, but he's ours and I love him. He'll learn. When you find YOUR new dog, your decision will become easier.

EDIT: Ignore this! Already chosen! Yay!

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