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One of the most common posts on this community is "my dog is *xy* years old and has *abc* behavioral problems. help". And when asked for context, it is almost always the same case every time: the behavior problem is a symptom of not enough exercise. To me it's like going to the dentist and telling the dentist you floss 2-3 times per week. translation: you might floss once per month, if that. Same thing with the excuses and rationalization I read in this community for their dog's exercise routine. Let's just take five giant steps back and think about the fact that your dog is a very close cousin to the wild dog. Their DNA is so similar that if your hound mix wanted to have a half wolf litter, it could and would. Humans have domesticated dogs to the point where we can sleep in our bed, trust them with our kids, and even rely on them as service dogs. But one small evolutionary step back, the wild dog is a dangerous and fiercely independent animal. It really is incredible how mankind has molded the wild dog into our best friend: the domesticated dog.
That said, I would say at least half the people who own dogs do not appreciate the true needs of their dog. These are basic instinctual needs that have been the result of millions of years of evolution. That's why I am so disappointed when I read so many instances of someone going out of their way to pay $1500-2000 to get a purebred husky from Alaska, or a jack russell terrier from an adoption agency, or a german shepherd from a working line, (just to name a few examples) and expect to have no "behavioral problems" when your plan is to take it out to take a pee at 6am, take it in for brekky, then crate it up and go to work. It doesn't matter how old your dog is, he/she will always be bursting with energy in the morning. he/she wants, no NEEDS to explore, to go sniff, to get in a good romp, to play tug, to find the ball, ANYTHING to expend the energy that has accumulated after a good night's sleep at their master's feet. Again, one revolutionary step back and they would be wandering 15-20 miles per day starting at dawn.
If you really "need" a dog and can't commit to helping your dog meet his exercise needs, then I frankly wonder what your true motivation is for getting a dog in the first place. First place I'd look is your ig account…I've noticed an almost perfect inverse relationship between how many pics there are and how many morning walks actually occur…
Now this is my humble advice, and I won't advertise as anything else…but to me there are two options:
have a good morning routine with your dog – wake up 30-45 minutes earlier. bring his/her favorite ball or frisbee. if you have a dog that can't be off leash, start running! don't have time one morning? teach your dog how to play tug and train "drop it" with treats! And this isn't just flossing "2-3 times per week". This is every day, forever. If this doesn't sound like something you can do, then prepare to spend tons of money on doggy daycare and dog walkers. Hell, I wipe my dog out every morning and still pay for day care b/c I work so much. Oh well, such is life. I'm sure as heck not going to have an unhappy dogs that takes it out on my furniture. If this still isn't something you are willing to do, do the dog world a favor and move on to #2…
get a shih tzu. they are great dogs and though they certainly would LOVE to run and play every day, they don't necessarily have the same exercise requirements as your fullbred Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, that looks amazingly beautiful on your ig account, but also rips up your entire house when you leave for work, to name one example.
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