Why dogs need a walk (or 2) every day
I used to think walking the dog was optional — an indulgence for leisurely weekend mornings or warm summer nights. The guilt Zach experienced if he and Luke missed a couple of days’ worth of walks used to make me wonder if I was getting involved with an overly sensitive man.
Nope. As the owner of a Luke, an animal 10 times the size of my elderly Scooby, Zach just had a clearer understanding of how not getting enough exercise can make a dog do this:
Although that bit of dog bed carnage is not Luke’s personal handiwork (ahem, Charlie Machete), it’s one of the more extreme examples of destruction we have experienced recently.
Increased bouts of chewing, rough-housing and a game of chase we like to refer to as “pin bull”, seem almost always to follow a missed or skimpy walk.
For example, no one got a walk last Friday, because Zach and I had a social engagement that began right after I got off work and lasted late into the evening.
Consequently, the next 24 hours included the following:
The list of things ruined since we became a four-dog household is long and varied: eyeglasses, shoes and boots, stocking caps, pillows, a corner of the wall, every dog bed in the house. (As I write this, Zach is actually making new beds out of heavy canvas.)
With so many creatures kickin’ about, a little wear and tear on the residence is inevitable. Just ask Dogs or Dollars — a blogger who has six forever dogs, plus a new foster: humans in multiple-dog households have to take the messes in stride, but some steps can be taken to minimize the chaos.
Strategic toys help. Finding a way to give each animal a significant amount of personal attention each day helps. Never leaving anything valuable at dog-level helps.
But nothing beats exercise.
Tired dogs are happy dogs.
What is your dog’s worst/best destruction story?
If you live in the Kansas City area and would like to walk your dog in a social setting, consider joining dog socialization group KC Pittie Pack & Friends.