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Milo is a Labrador Retriever. I understand that I need to step up his exercise plans as he gets older, but I feel a little overwhelmed right now. I feel pretty bummed that I can't walk him around for almost an hour like before. What are my options?

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That’s indeed a headache. I can understand. Do you have anyone to bring him out besides you? Or how about just slow down your pace, like walk a bit and pause a bit before continuing?

 

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On 12/2/2019 at 4:21 AM, Bobby said:

That’s indeed a headache. I can understand. Do you have anyone to bring him out besides you? Or how about just slow down your pace, like walk a bit and pause a bit before continuing?

 

Yes, for now, I ask everyone else at home to walk him around as much as possible. I can't force them to do it when they are tired or too lazy to walk around, though. I feel like it's my responsibility since I wanted to have Milo in the first place. Walking with him is a refreshing time for me as well.

I probably should look into splitting one long session into a few shorter ones. It's easier to ask my brother to walk Milo for 15 minutes than an hour straight.

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15 hours ago, WithYou said:

Yes, for now, I ask everyone else at home to walk him around as much as possible. I can't force them to do it when they are tired or too lazy to walk around, though. I feel like it's my responsibility since I wanted to have Milo in the first place. Walking with him is a refreshing time for me as well.

I probably should look into splitting one long session into a few shorter ones. It's easier to ask my brother to walk Milo for 15 minutes than an hour straight.

I'm sorry that you're going through such a hard time. I hope things will improve soon! I agree that having several short sessions sounds like a reasonable solution for now. You don't have to go too far away since it's quick anyway. I hope there is a park or any kind of space close to you to help you with this.

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I guess you're right. In the last few days, I've been using the driveway nearby for our short exercises. Sometimes we run fast, then go slow, then repeat the process, trying variations as much as possible. I bring Milo out in the afternoon, while my brother or mother handles the morning session.

I think it's possible to get used to this kind of routine.

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On 12/17/2019 at 1:58 PM, Ronin said:

Another option is to train your dog to use a treadmill.

I wasn't thinking that far. I thought walks are also important for socialization and stress relief. Well, I guess it's no time to be picky. Come to think of it, treadmills can also help the dogs during winter when the days are too cold to go outside.

Is there any huge disadvantage of choosing a treadmill over regular walks?

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I do think indeed treadmills could be an option. But I feel like we need to really make sure we understand how it works before training our dogs to use it. It sounds a bit tricky to me. In the most cases, I still think traditional works would be the best option. 

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