Does having a dog make/keep you more active?

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  • Asher_Ethan
    Asher_Ethan Posts: 2,430 Member
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    We got a puppy in August and he definitely helps me walk more. He definitely acts awful if he doesn't get his walks in.
  • orchidbutterflies
    orchidbutterflies Posts: 59 Member
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    My dog has been a big help with my activity, I like taking him for walks because I see a big difference in his behaviour and energy levels when I do.
    I wouldn't go for a walk outside at all if it wasn't for my dog.

    Unfortunately I got him at the height of my social anxiety and when I was at my highest weight.
    Realistically, I was so depressed at that point that getting him was me looking for some sort of reason to stick around.

    It did the trick, unhealthy approach, but I have a very strong bond with my dog because of it since turning my life around.

    My anxiety hindered his socialization and he also can be fairly anxious.
    So if you get a puppy, do everything you can to socialize your pup and give them confidence early on. That is my one regret.

    My dog walks on leash perfectly fine until we turn towards home, then he will try to anxiously rush me back home.
    It's a work in progress, he is much better now (there was a time I would have to carry him off the porch to the sidewalk because he was too anxious) but I always worry when he is pulling me slightly that people are judging me as a "bad" pet owner.
    Reality is that there was a time that I couldn't even leave my house, of course that rubbed off on my dog.

    As for "obeast" people having overweight dogs. At my heaviest I was almost 400lbs and my dog has not been overweight a day in his life. In fact, before I got him I researched dog food brands extensively because I was more concerned with his nutrition and health than my own.

    OP, make sure you factor everything in when deciding what breed would be most suitable for your family. Energy level is huge, as others have already said.
    Some breeds are also harder to train in general (house training is a big undertaking sometimes).


    A lot of people don't think of this, but grooming needs are something to keep in mind as well. If you can't stand dog hair, any sort of breed that sheds will be an issue.
    I have a Rough Collie and he sheds like a beast. I need to vacuum every day or two, I keep a "top blanket" on my bed, I am always petting him/having him sitting by me so I don't own black clothing & finding dog hair in my food is a daily occurrence.
    It doesn't bother me though because I love my dog.
    That being said, I couldn't have a short haired breed like a Lab because I can't stand the short hairs everywhere.

    Just something to think about ^^


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  • nutmegoreo
    nutmegoreo Posts: 15,532 Member
    edited February 2016
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    I have two evil beasties and they definitely keep me on my toes! They really enjoy the local mud puddle at the dog park. Fortunately it's easy enough to get them into the river's edge to wash off. The last pic is just to demonstrate the crazy (my back was turned for a minute, she was not impressed that I stopped to take a couple pictures before rescuing her).

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  • Nony_Mouse
    Nony_Mouse Posts: 5,646 Member
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    alstin2015 wrote: »
    Obeast people always have obeast dogs and cats. My brother is a vet. We always laugh about it. The obeast people are always in denial about their animals weight, projecting on the animal. Having a dog may make you slightly more active if you have the will to actually walk your dog

    The word you're looking for is obese.
  • RUN_LIFT_EAT
    RUN_LIFT_EAT Posts: 537 Member
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    Mr Brown is a good running buddy.

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  • RUN_LIFT_EAT
    RUN_LIFT_EAT Posts: 537 Member
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    Mr Brown is a good running buddy.

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  • CollieFit
    CollieFit Posts: 1,683 Member
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    These are our two. Collie cross and a terrier cross. Both rescues and very active.
    We were an active couple before we got dogs and we wanted dogs that matched our active lifestyle, so they didn't really "make" us active. They get 3-4 mile cross country walks every day during the week and 6-8 mile walks on Sat/Sun.

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  • CollieFit
    CollieFit Posts: 1,683 Member
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    But while they didn't "make" us active, they certainly contribute to "keeping" us active, because the dogs always need a good walk, whether it's freezing cold or pouring down with rain. We also cater our holidays to the dogs. Rather than flying somewhere and lying on a beach while the dogs are in kennels, we go on hiking holidays and they come with us wherever we go. :)

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  • michellekirkman30
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    I have a Labrador and cross lab and Springer, currently have tendonitis hand so can't walk them as pull too much and have put loads of weight on. Looking for a collar\\lead that stop this halti doesn't deem to work. As desperately want to get back out there.But yes having a dog definitely helps activity levels in normal circumstances as long as have all weather gear waterproof clothing etc.
  • lynch17
    lynch17 Posts: 15 Member
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    sault_girl wrote: »
    I'm loving all these dog pictures!
    @lynch17 , I LOVE Olly and Stan! They look like good dogs :)


    Thank you.
  • moya_bleh
    moya_bleh Posts: 1,375 Member
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    Absolutely - especially when they can bench more than you!!!!!
  • CollieFit
    CollieFit Posts: 1,683 Member
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    moya_bleh wrote: »
    Absolutely - especially when they can bench more than you!!!!!

    Dreaming about benching....

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  • MrsMizart
    MrsMizart Posts: 1,275 Member
    edited February 2016
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    My Shih Tzu will only walk on grass, so he's the weekend park walker, whereas my German Shepherd is twice a day - morning with hubby and evening with me.

    I have long commutes and long work days, but I'll get home and go straight out with the GSD as it's good for both of us :-)
  • Odilerubia
    Odilerubia Posts: 80 Member
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    March 2009, Brussels, Belgium, our Cocker Spaniel Agua will be touring with us wherever we go. Living in Holland makes it easier to travel Europe by car, but the breed and size do help!
    They are both 6 years older, but keep on hugging.
    My son is taking her every day for a walk, being 12 years old thats not easy, but if the dog may not pee, he cant either....!
  • bisky
    bisky Posts: 967 Member
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    A tired dog is a good dog. Winter walk in Austria. 2or5vlr1eex7.jpg

  • CollieFit
    CollieFit Posts: 1,683 Member
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    I love Austria. <3
  • singingflutelady
    singingflutelady Posts: 8,736 Member
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    Austria is my favorite country I have visited <3
  • stm712015
    stm712015 Posts: 138 Member
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    stm712015 wrote: »
    I love seeing the pics of everyone's dogs. Yes, my dog has definitely made me be more active. I was diagnosed with leukemia back in October - thankfully I'm in remission - and the chemo has left me with no energy. But my herding dog needs to be walked each day so I force myself. We do two 20 min. walks a day. In the long run it's been the best thing for me because exercise promotes blood production. My chemo will be finished in June and I'm feeling better and better each day. My beautiful boy has been a big part of my mental and physical healing.

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    That is a sweet story! I hope you keep feeling better and better each day!

    Thanks so much!
  • dbanks80
    dbanks80 Posts: 3,685 Member
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    LBuehrle8 wrote: »
    More doggie pictures please!! <3<3<3

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    Since you asked. Chelsea giving the typical sheltie stink eye

    LOL! She's looking at you like "REALY!?"

    OP my two girls definitely gets me outside. before I had dogs I never went outside in my neighborhood. I have met so many great people since having them. I try to go for runs with the big one but she is lazy when it comes to running. But they love walks!

  • janosa550
    janosa550 Posts: 2 Member
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    Dogs are great, they make you get out and walk..they do faces like this at you until you get off your rump and get them out :D