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Dog Walking ? [Zürich]

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I'm new to EF and only arrived in Zurich last month.

I was wondering if anyone is around during the day (week days) and wanted to walk with dogs, maybe start a dog walking club maybe? I have a 11 month old black lab who's very social and enjoys walks. We don't have a car so rely on public transport and are based in the Ruschlikon area but would be happy to meet up around the Zurich area for walks.

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Old 04.02.2009, 17:56
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Hiya id love to join you , I have a choc lab who is 19 month old...

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Hi
I'm new to EF and only arrived in Zurich last month.

I was wondering if anyone is around during the day (week days) and wanted to walk with dogs, maybe start a dog walking club maybe? I have a 11 month old black lab who's very social and enjoys walks. We don't have a car so rely on public transport and are based in the Ruschlikon area but would be happy to meet up around the Zurich area for walks.

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Re: Dog Walking ?

Great stuff Karl. Is Tuesday next week any good for you? Do you have any good ideas for walks?

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Old 06.02.2009, 19:30
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Re: Dog Walking ?

Four-month-old black Lab here -- too young for your long walks, you think?
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Re: Dog Walking ?

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Maybe if you wanted to join us at the end of the walk just for a bit of a run around with the other dogs so your pup could socialise?

We were told not to exercise our lab too much in the first year due to problems with their hips etc.

We went up to Utlieburg today (8th) and it was full of snow and our lab loved it. It was a Sunday and amazingly no-one was around - lots of fun.


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Old 09.02.2009, 08:43
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Re: Dog Walking ?

yes much too young. ut ok for a slow 20 minute walk ...

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Old 09.02.2009, 08:44
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Re: Dog Walking ?

yes sure... pm me with details... where when etc etc..
Theres a few good walks near me in Kloten ...

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Great stuff Karl. Is Tuesday next week any good for you? Do you have any good ideas for walks?

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Old 09.02.2009, 11:12
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Re: Dog Walking ?

OK. But look at her face -- "no one wants to play or walk with me" mug.

Today I drove the car and she sat secured in the foot well of the front passenger seat. Was very good, did not try to get onto the seat, but whined a little bit -- maybe she wanted to drive.
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Old 09.02.2009, 11:28
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We would love to play, but your a little far away to walk to


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OK. But look at her face -- "no one wants to play or walk with me" mug.

Today I drove the car and she sat secured in the foot well of the front passenger seat. Was very good, did not try to get onto the seat, but whined a little bit -- maybe she wanted to drive.
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Old 09.02.2009, 11:49
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Re: Dog Walking ?

Hi Argus, Hips aren't a terrific problem with labs, but the wee chaps bones are still too soft for long walks. Great to hear he behaves in the car, all of ours went in the cars early on and we never had any problem. We took in a rescue dog that had never been in a car.... total nightmare!
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Old 09.02.2009, 12:29
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Re: Dog Walking ?

Thanks, PapaGoose. How long is too long?
We took her to Zugerberg and she walked and romped for about 75 minutes -- is that too long?
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Old 09.02.2009, 12:32
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Thanks, PapaGoose. How long is too long?
We took her to Zugerberg and she walked and romped for about 75 minutes -- is that too long?
I was advised by my vet no more than 5 minutes walk per month age of the dog. so yes 75 minutes was too long. I ued to do 4 10 minute walks a day, and slowly increased them to two 30 minute walks. Now hes is happy with a one hour walk in the morning or evenign and a 15 minute walk in between .
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Old 09.02.2009, 12:45
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Re: Dog Walking ?

Oh, dear. OK, gotta cut back, although the guide dog school didn't really stress on less exercise. The pup expert who visits us once a month knew we were taking her for longish walks to the lake park as well as through nearby meadows.

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Re: Dog Walking ?

NOt all people realize how soft labs hips are in the formative months, so its understandable. But the guide school should have informed you, i think.

Our lab would get tired after walking round the shops and had to be carried home. Even now after an hours walk, he sleeps for a few hours.
Its also worth noting, that labs will play and play, until you stop them, they dont seem to have an " im too tired" threshold. Its only when they stop they realize how tired they are, especially when playing with other dogs. You should watch to see if your dog, walks with his/her back end a little sideways which is a good indicator of tiredness and or hip problems.




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I'd say at that age 30 mins on a lead would be tops, if he's getting to run maybe 15.... and jumping should be out!
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I'd say at that age 30 mins on a lead would be tops, if he's getting to run maybe 15.... and jumping should be out!

Are you saying if she's off the leash running/sniffing around, I should limit it to 15 minutes? Or limit the leash walk to 15 minutes if she's getting an off-leash runaround on top of it?

The school did mention "not too much exercise" but that was when she was very small.
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Hi Argus, Hips aren't a terrific problem with labs, but the wee chaps bones are still too soft for long walks. Great to hear he behaves in the car, all of ours went in the cars early on and we never had any problem. We took in a rescue dog that had never been in a car.... total nightmare!

One of our dogs (Hana)hates the car. 5 minutes and she is already moaning. We ensure that she has not be fed for hours to be sure she does not puke. We have tried everything, making sure she can see out the windows, and nothing helps. If it is on the way back from a walk she does fall asleep sometimes. We don't go far from home because of her inability to cope with car travel. The vet said the only medication she can give her will knock her out so this is only for long car journeys. Once in an emergency she was on my lap on the passenger seat and she loved this. But my car has airbags and I don't think she is safe to sit on the seat, even with the doggie seat belt thingy. What do you think?

The other dogs are fine in the car. I still cannot figure out how she managed so many hours in a kennel when we brought her home from Japan. But I guess air travel is quite different to the car.

As I suffer from acute motion sickness, I do understand how she must feel. As I passenger, I can only sit in the front seat. Is this the solution for Hana?
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I was advised by my vet no more than 5 minutes walk per month age of the dog. so yes 75 minutes was too long. I ued to do 4 10 minute walks a day, and slowly increased them to two 30 minute walks. Now hes is happy with a one hour walk in the morning or evenign and a 15 minute walk in between .
That is the guideline that we used as well. But we also had to take into consideration the weather. If it is very hot or cold, you need to be more careful.
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Old 09.02.2009, 13:24
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Are you saying if she's off the leash running/sniffing around, I should limit it to 15 minutes? Or limit the leash walk to 15 minutes if she's getting an off-leash runaround on top of it?

The school did mention "not too much exercise" but that was when she was very small.
5mins or so to the park, 10-15 runing about, and 5 mins back should be plenty at 4 months.

The bones are still soft and developing, so too much exercise or being allowed to jump or stand on their back legs can lead to bone/joint problems later. The same goes for feeding them to high protien a diet, that can over stimulate bone/cartilidge growth which can cause problem with OCD etc.

Rule of thumb as Karl said is pretty good, maybe a little over cautious, but that's not really a bad thing.
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Re: Dog Walking ?

Dear All

Shall we meet tomorrow (Tuesday 10 February) up at Utleiberg at 1.30pm? Its lovely up there at the moment. The dogs can then do as little or as much walking as they like.

Argus - feel free to join us even if its just for 15 mins for your pup to have a play in the snow and socialise with the other dogs (and us).

Let me know what you think anyway.

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