Winter Support Group
The riders have one; we need one! I know I’m not the only one shortening walks because it’s dark, cold, nose is running, taking off slippery gloves to open poop bags is painful; and the couch, blanket, and breathing heat pad :winkgrin: are way more comforting.
Our formerly ‘short walk’ (30min) has, for the past couple of weeks, become the normal walk. Walking in the dark, especially with a black dog -leashed or not- is dangerous. Dressing up like Inspector Gadget is discouraging plus a waste of precious daylight: reflective belt, flashlight to find poop, glow in the dark sticks for black dog, gloves, tissues because my nose is like a faucet, brightly colored jacket, possible coat for old dog. Hassle.
The boys haven’t been off leash in weeks because by the time I drive to where that is do-able, it is realllly dark in the woods where the trails are. Not safe for me.
Lots of cons. Let’s hear the pros. Let’s motivate one another! I really need it. Since my ear, sinus, and strep trifecta of ick Election week, I haven’t truly exercised them (or me). A couple days this week, I wind up napping then going to bed instead of washing dishes, training dogs, grooming, etc.
I'll start. I promise to walk 30mins (the 'short walk') PLUS train weaves tonight. Not promising on the dishes :lol:.
I'm with you. It's dark when I get home, plus been bitter cold. The dogs, who are used to LOTS of exercise, are going a little nuts. I did buy some Nite Ize products for our walks in the dark, but I hear you about coming home exhausted from work in the cold & dark and going to bed.
So. What's helping me & them when I can't do the big things we used to do outside is do little things inside that get their minds working. I still let them get a little blow out in the fenced backyard, but I don't leave them alone out there. The 4th side of the fence is only 4 feet high - it won't keep them in. Anyway. For one I do clicker trick training. He loves it. He can bow, spin in a circle, speak, fetch, etc. For the others we learned how to sit up, how to "Find" hidden toys & treats, and other mind games & tricks that give them attention & movement. Not the same as a 5K trot with me on the bicycle that they're used to, but it gets us through.
The day I posted this thread, I walked em for 30min plus balance work AND I cleaned those dishes.
They got a different 30+min walk twice since then. That's it. We worked on tricks once and balance work once. I could have walked em plenty over the weekend but I didn't :no:. We napped instead.
The work week is a more consistent schedule which keeps me on track.
We don't have a yard since we moved to VA a few weeks ago, so the walks aren't optional anymore. I've even gotten to use my rain gear a few times which I normally use just once a year at Rolex! LOL It hasn't been too cold here yet.
Since I'm not working, there's not reason I can't do a good walk each day if I'm home but I'm interviewing a dog walker tonight so I can be gone during the day if I need to be. (my older dog can't go more than about 2 hours without having an accident right now.)
I'll have to look into doing some clicker training too. That might be fun!
Winter, what winter?:lol:
It was 79 here yesterday, probably for the next week or two.
Have been working in our short sleeved shirts.:)
On the other hand, I went to feed horses at 7:15 and it was still dark, had to use a flashlight.
It also gets dark very fast, that I grant you.
Still, I say, where is winter?:p
Originally Posted by Bluey
Talk like that will get you a snow load like the infamous Blizzard of 93!
Not that you would mind the precipitation, I am sure, but pancaked barns are not so nice. ;)
I like winter. Dog, who swoons and languishes all summer from heat and humidity, is fresh as a daisy all winter. Crisp air, clear nights, no insects - what's not to love? And the worse the weather, the more you have all those lovely parks to yourself.
I thought this would be a perk. Instead, I'm finding more dog owners out while I'm out. I guess we are all cramming our walks into the same last ray of daylight.
Originally Posted by vacation1
Yesterday I walked a new route for 35 - 40mins. It was good for the pups -and me- to change the routine by walking somewhere different. Then we shaped balance work for a few minutes each.
Leaving work to go home soon. I really just want to kick off my shoes and veg before agility class. :no: This class is dog-less so I must thoroughly exercise the pup. That "must" and -belief the task is impossible- is probably what is demotivating me.