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    I'm in possession of a 6 year old female cross named Alice (I've always wanted a pure-bred but I was short on cash at the time and my then-girlfriend fell in love with this one).

    I was speaking to someone who is fond of dogs and has two herself, and the topic of dog walking came up. She was surprised to hear that I only walk mine maybe once every 8 weeks (sometimes longer). My reasons for this are as follows:

    1. I'm very short on time. If I'm not cleaning up after Alice or working, I'm studying for my degree with the OU. What little leisure time I have left over I spend on gaming or socialising; I am human after all, and need time to relax.

    2. The dog doesn't seem to respond well to walks. Neither do I, for that matter. She pulls VERY hard on the lead once we leave the door, which causes me great inconvenience. I wish she would make it an easier-going experience for the both of us.

    3. She was attacked by another dog as a pup and ever since has been aggressive towards other dogs. I can't let her off the lead in the park because of this (so I still have to deal with the constant pulling in the park).

    4. She seems to develop a nasty limp after her walks. This subsides during time spent resting at home. I would have this looked into but I don't have pet insurance and the prices of local vets are extortionate.

    I think these reasons are sufficient to justify my walking frequency, and don't think she was right to call me out on this. The dog seems perfectly content at home. What do you think?
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    How lazy. You'll never solve the problem if you only walk your dog once every 8 weeks. Start doing it every day because then your dog will have to get used to it. You're only making it more isolated and anti-social.
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    I think dogs need walking once a day at least. Pulling on the lead is very common in dogs and aggressiveness towards other dogs is also not rare. If you can't afford to take her to the vets to see if she has a medical problem causing her issues after walking, and walking her is a big inconvenience, I think you shuld look into rehoming her myself. Do you have a garden she gets to go out in daily?
    taking her to training classes would be an idea, get her used to other dogs. I had a dog who was a rescue dog and had all kinds of issues but training definitely improved her. You can also by harnesses to use while walking which can reduce the pulling
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    Are you insane? From the thread title, I knew you were going to be one of those people that don't walk their dogs often, but once every 8 weeks?? I would say a dog needs to be walked everyday so as to facilitate normal interaction and exercise with the world around them. I thought walking a dog only once a week would be abusive, but once every two months is downright disgraceful - and I don't even like dogs!


    For the love of God, if you can't look after it properly, find an owner who can! Advertise online or go see an animal trust in the area.
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    I actually LOL'd at the once every 8 weeks bit, that sounds WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too infrequent.
    I walk my dogs like 2-3 times a day, and I know it depends on the dog but 8 weeks is too long.
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    My dog is 15years old and I walk her 3 times a day and she walks a minimum of 4miles a day. It keeps her healthy and lively.

    My dog also pulls (it's called being enthusiastic) and my dog was also attacked and cannot be let of the lead but it doesn't matter :dontknow:

    What you are doing to your dog is just cruel and selfish and you shouldn't be a dog owner.
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    cleaning up your dog takes all that time? What, are you letting her relieve herself inside the house or something??

    She's probably pulling on the lead because she's finally getting some exercise after 2 months...
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    If you're not prepared to give up your spare time to walk your dog even once a day (I refuse to believe that you are really that busy every waking hour of every day) then you really shouldn't be a dog owner.

    She pulls on the lead? Are you dumb? Of course she's gonna pull on the lead, you haven't taken her outside in TWO MONTHS. And her leg hurts because she's not used to the exercise and that is unfair.
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    This from the author of the thread 'male tsr users - have you came to terms with your homosexuality yet?'

    If you're not trolling OP (who trolls about dog walking anyway?) I hope that dog of yours eats you for dinner.
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    (Original post by poster child)
    I'm in possession of a 6 year old female cross named Alice (I've always wanted a pure-bred but I was short on cash at the time and my then-girlfriend fell in love with this one).

    I was speaking to someone who is fond of dogs and has two herself, and the topic of dog walking came up. She was surprised to hear that I only walk mine maybe once every 8 weeks (sometimes longer). My reasons for this are as follows:

    1. I'm very short on time. If I'm not cleaning up after Alice or working, I'm studying for my degree with the OU. What little leisure time I have left over I spend on gaming or socialising; I am human after all, and need time to relax.

    2. The dog doesn't seem to respond well to walks. Neither do I, for that matter. She pulls VERY hard on the lead once we leave the door, which causes me great inconvenience. I wish she would make it an easier-going experience for the both of us.

    3. She was attacked by another dog as a pup and ever since has been aggressive towards other dogs. I can't let her off the lead in the park because of this (so I still have to deal with the constant pulling in the park).

    4. She seems to develop a nasty limp after her walks. This subsides during time spent resting at home. I would have this looked into but I don't have pet insurance and the prices of local vets are extortionate.

    I think these reasons are sufficient to justify my walking frequency, and don't think she was right to call me out on this. The dog seems perfectly content at home. What do you think?
    Either you are trolling or should be done for animal cruelty. All dogs start of pulling, there is this this you are supposed to do called training. She prolly develops a limp because you have let her mucles atrophy or something along those lines. Whatever way you look at it, you are a lazy ******** who knows nothing about how to care for a dog and so your dog is suffering. Your vet would tell you you are mistreating the dog.

    AND yes that girl WAS perfectly right to call you out on it, hell I would have punched you in the face after reading this and turned your dog in to the animal rescue centre, at least there she wont get so ignored she becomes ill. And yes a dog is almost always happy, because all they think about is eating stuff most of the time. I dunno what the problem is and am still new to TSR but im gonna go and look for the report button.
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    If you only walk your dog once every 8 weeks then they will never get used to walking on the lead.

    My first dog pulled on the lead really bad at first.

    Just try to walk her for 10 minutes every day until gets used to it.

    She will limp if you don't walk her often ! She needs more exercise.
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    You should be walking her at least once a day, even if its only for 10 minutes around the block or something. If you have an mp3 player and can get audio lectures or something like that, you can combine studying and walking her.

    The pulling is just lack of training. I don't know if your walking her on a collar or a harness, but getting a front clipping harness helps a bunch for pulling. If she's on a back clipping harness (IE the type similar to the ones sled dogs have) that just encourages it.
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    Jesus. Even one week is unacceptable - but 8+? Poor training is no excuse and that is simply not fair on the poor thing. :/
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    We have three dogs. They each get a 10 minute walk in the morning, then an hour walk in the evening, every day.

    I really hope for that poor dogs' sake that you're trolling. That poor ****ing creature. "It pulls" and "I'm Gaming" are inhuman, pathetic reasons for not walking it. You're lucky you have the anonymity of the internet, because otherwise everyone else on this site would have phoned the RSPCA by now.

    Please, never reproduce.
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    (Original post by SuperSam_Fantastiche)
    She pulls on the lead? Are you dumb? Of course she's gonna pull on the lead, you haven't taken her outside in TWO MONTHS. And her leg hurts because she's not used to the exercise and that is unfair.
    Here are your explanations, I really hope you were listening. :|

    (Original post by screenager2004)
    That poor ****ing creature. "It pulls" and "I'm Gaming" are inhuman, pathetic reasons for not walking it. You're lucky you have the anonymity of the internet, because otherwise everyone else on this site would have phoned the RSPCA by now.

    Please, never reproduce.
    This, a million times over.

    My dog gets walked a minimum of three times a day no matter how busy I might be. It's not his fault I'm busy, he shouldn't have to suffer because of it. He pulls too, we're working on it. If I didn't walk him for 8 weeks I think he'd probably pull my arm off at the shoulder when I opened the front door.
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    So, wait. You've come on here to tell us the following:

    1) You are lazy and put your leisure time before the wellbeing of animal you chose to be in charge of.
    2) You are being irresponsible in not getting pet insurance or getting your vets health concerns looked into
    3) Both of the above are contributing to a dog that doesn't like walks, gets sore feet when it is walked and has never learned to be walked properly

    You are causing these problems with your dog - you are in charge of this animal and totally responsible for it's welfare. Walking it will relieve stress from being cooped up and give the dog exercise as well as help with socialisation and bonding with you. Those are just the basic reasons to walk a dog, before we get into the fact that the poor creature deserves so fun and should be allowed to get off your property and explore and play regularly!

    Honestly, if you own an animal and yet can't even afford basic vet care then you should be ashamed. We've just had our cats through their first set of vet visits (some small medical issues plus vaccinations and worming) and yes, it has cost us nearly £150 for those small things alone and yes, we are students on a VERY low income and also (believe it or not) very avid gamers. We have the same concerns as you and yet somehow manage to feel our pets an excellent (if expensive) diet and afford their bills and toys etc for stimulation, as well as taking time out from studying, gaming and socialising to look after their BASIC needs.

    To be honest, I'm pretty sure you are trolling but I still feel like a good rant.

    Get your dog to the vet, make sure she is on a good diet and get out there for a walk every day. Even 10 minutes to the corner shop and back is better than keeping her cooped up and then wondering why she pulls, gets sore and doesn't do well with other dogs. Treat her right or find someone who will.
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    Your first sentence was enough to show me that you don't give one crap about your dog.

    "I am in possession of...." Excuse me? Is she just some thing you happened to acquire sometime? Something that you can treat as if she isn't a living, breathing animal totally reliant on you for food, shelter, happiness?

    People like you make me sick. If you can't be bothered to give your dog what she needs, for god's sake give her to a shelter so someone can give her a home where she will be loved, looked after and well cared for.

    It's pretty obvious you are a completely unsuitable pet owner. I wouldn't trust someone like you with a mouse, let alone a dog.
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    People like you make me so mad. Can you honestly whole-heartedly believe in yourself, that walking an active breed once every 2 months is OK?!?! I own 4 dogs, who have 2 hour walks each day and live surrounded by fields to run around in.

    PLEASE do not keep this dog. Hell, I'll take her if it means she gets a better life then what you're offering!!
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    You should NOT own a dog, you pathetic excuse for a human being!
 
 
 
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