In general S and I are very lazy dog owners. We don't take the dogs on a morning walk- if I did, I would have to wake up at least 15 mins earlier than I already do- and 5:30 is just not ok with me. S is not a morning person, so forget about him actually walking the dogs in the morning. It doesn't help that we have a fenced in back yard- which makes it very easy for us to just let the dogs out in the morning or when it's super cold. There are times that I feel very guilty that we don't exercise them before we leave for the day, but that's one battle I'm not fighting with S.
I feel like I've been making up for our poor parenting skills by taking both dogs on a longish walk when I get home from school. Before getting pregnant, more days than not, I would just let the dogs play in the back yard, or when the weather was really nice and I wasn't worried about getting busted by the park police (or worried about Chance's attitude with other dogs) I would take the pups up to the illegal dog park and let them romp with other dogs. But since I've gotten pregnant, I have stopped going to the gym and taken up dog walking. I have to say that the walks make me feel good- we get a lot accomplished on our little walks. I get some exercise (besides the exercise I get at school walking up and down flights of stairs every hour or 2 when I have to take my kids to a class or pick them up from one), the dogs get some exerciese, and we have mommy - doggy bonding time.
Chance's and Natty's walking behaviors have improved greatly over the last few months with our daily walks. I used to dread them at the beginning because both dogs would pull on their leashes and walk in front of me or each other, plus Natty would not poop on leash, so we always had to make a stop in the back yard. But I think I fixed the pulling issue by getting them both halters/harnesses. Chance still hates his, but he tolerates it and about 90% of the time will walk right next to me. Natty still walks in front, but she has stopped pulling and has started pooping on our walks! Which is a huge accomplishment- I'm so proud of her! (Sad isn't it?) We've had her for over years now and for the first 2 1/2 years of us owning her, she did not poop unless she was off leash. She's still funny about it though b/c she ALWAYS poops on the same block. I do have to remind her to pee and poop on the walk though. Our code word is "grass" when I say it, she walks along the grass and does her business.
I hope once the baby comes I'll be able to manage pushing a stroller and corraling (?) 2 dogs at the same time. At least the weather will be nice once she's born- which will make it more likely that I'll venture outside with all three at once. Stay tuned for how my dog walking will change once Baby T makes her appearance...
7 – oops, 6 – years later
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