Sunday, September 20, 2009

HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS (4)

This is the latest in the series.

1. Take your 25 pound dog . . . for a walk. Start with short walks if necessary -- then go for longer jaunts when you and dog are up for the exercise.

This is enthusiastically recommended by the dynamic duo of Nuala and Sadie.

It really doesn't matter if you have done the earlier exercises (i.e., Health and Fitness Tips). Just don't overdo it the first few times. A walk to the end of the block is an excellent start. A walk all the way around the block is better. But remember - work at your own pace.

19 comments:

Wipso said...

Or maybe just stand at the top of a really big garden and throw a ball?.....that exercises your arm and the dogs :-) A x

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Rob...LOL...As I said in my first paragraph...I don't speak for others...This is evidently just a problem for MY family...ROFL...Love this post, here...Yes, our canine friends keep us in shape...What would we do without them? We'd become couch-- or should I say recliner?-- potatos without them!! All the best to you, my witty friend! Hugs, Janine

French Fancy said...

Walking puppies is such fun though. Seeing them exploring things for the first time whilst also trying to adjust to being constrained on a lead. Much more fun than boring dogless walks. It is the best sort of exercise I reckon.

GutsyWriter said...

Don't your young puppies have much more energy than a simple walk to the end of the block? Surely!

Rob-bear said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts friends.

® Wipso: appreciate your suggestion, but the reason for getting the dog was for it to take me for walks.

® S&S: I'm inclined to agree with you. Or is that reclined? Hmmmm . . .

® FF: Yes, ours are great explorers. Wouldn't dare let them off the lead outside of the yard.

® Sonia: To the end of the block and back is just to get Sadie accustomed to walking on the lead, without tripping herself or me. A couple one kilometer walks with me is good -- my back cannot take much more than that right now. The walking is in addition to her tearing around the yard with her sister.

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

It's great that they have each other to wear one another out!

Rob-bear said...

® Reasons: Exactly! Makes it easier for me, while my back is getting better.

Arosebyanyothername said...

We find with Rufus Whippet that if we take him to the park where there is a large open space and he meets one or two of his friends, the dogs race around together and we stand chatting to the other dog owners. Nice. And not so exhausting.

The Blog Fodder said...

I found out if I open the gate, the dogs run off and come back in 4 to 8 hours. It is great exercise for them.

Rob-bear said...

® Rose: Sounds great, but a) I wouldn't get much exercise, and b) some (most) of the Rottweilers around here are ill-mannered, and I could end up with two dead puppies.

® BF: Again, just letting them out wouldn't give me much exercise. Besides, they're so cure, they might get kidnapped. Or end up at the animal pound. Neither are happy thoughts.

Tattie Weasle said...

They are so gorgeous - just dropped by to have a catch up and so exciting to think you dare take them for walks!
I have a little query for you my pup (9months) still has yet to get to grips with teh concept of leads and I have to carry her to where she can run off the lead some 500 yards or so, if she starts to tremble or yip you know you have to run as nature has a tendancy to call. My question is should this be taken as a new exercice in health and fitness or should |I try to get her to walk on her lead?
Yours worried of Suffolk...:)

Welsh Girl said...

The Loyal Hound made me go blackberry picking this morning on the other side of the reservoir, which then meant I had to make jam with said berries. They are hard taskmasters!

Rob-bear said...

® Tattie: We don't have much trouble walking our dogs because we use something called a "Halti." It goes over the top of the muzzle, then below (where the lead attaches), and also buckles behind the head. It is something like a muzzle, but the dog has no problem breathing, and can both eat and drink while wearing it. I'm going to do a post with some pictures, now that the puppies have had their hair cuts and look more like Poodles. One of the pics will be about going "walkies."

® Welsh Girl: May I suggest that the Loyal Hound does not understand who the alpha personality is in your household?

cheshire wife said...

It sounds like much more fun that going to the gym!

Rob-bear said...

® Cheshire Wife: A gym would be soooooo boring! Outside is a lot more fun, even in winter. Being at the end of town, there are things like deer, porcupines, and all kinds of birds to discover. Also skunks, but we won't go there.

Merisi said...

These are simply lovely little, er, BIG puppies! ;-)
How much more shall they grow?

Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind words!

See you again soon, here or over there,
best wishes,
Merisi

Rob-bear said...

® Merisi: At this point I have not ideal how big they'll get. Except I expect they'll be bigger than our last two SPs, who weighed about 35 pounds. If I were a betting man (which I'm not) I would guess closer to 50 pounds. That's why we're working with them right from the beginning so they understand that we are taking them for walks, and not vice versa! ;)

karim said...

Very thoughtfull post on fitness. It should be very much helpfull

Thanks,
Karim - Mind Power

Rob-bear said...

® Karim: thanks for stopping by. I must confess, though, that the "Health and Fitness Tips" are (at least partly) tongue in cheek. Even if I have tried them (sometimes unsuccessfully).