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How to exercise your dogs when you can't walk far

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FiveHoursSleep Sat 10-Jan-15 11:02:54

We have two big dogs that are used to 60-90 minutes off lead exercise a day.
I have injured my foot, and am awaiting a GPs appointment but I suspect I am in for at least weeks, maybe months, of not being able to do very much.
I can limp between benches if I go somewhere that has seating scattered around and throw a ball for a bit, so they are still getting out and about for an hour.
I do have a dog walker in once a week, but at £15 a walk I can't afford this 7 days a week.
Has anyone got any bright ideas?

ender Sat 10-Jan-15 11:19:05

There's a big open dog walking area I often go to where I sometimes see people on mobility scooters "walking" their dogs.
The scooters can be hired, so would this be a possibility for you?

Artandco Sat 10-Jan-15 11:22:15

Is there somewhere you can drive and let them run off lead whilst you sit down?

FiveHoursSleep Sat 10-Jan-15 11:31:40

I do drive to woods etc. I'm not quite ready for a mobility scooter yet but the idea is tempting!
I've been doing agility with them too which I guess I'm going to have to stop for a bit.
Bloody feet.

flowery Sat 10-Jan-15 11:32:16

Will they fetch? You could get one of those launchers to throw a ball a long way from sitting on a bench.

goodasitgets Sat 10-Jan-15 11:32:35

Anyone you can ask? I happily walk other people's dog and dog sit/foster

flowery Sat 10-Jan-15 11:32:59

Sorry I just saw you're already doing that!

FiveHoursSleep Sat 10-Jan-15 13:57:15

They don't really fetch as much as race each other for the ball. I get it back if I'm lucky.
I can't really ask anyone to walk them for free. They are quite high maintenance dogs.
I managed to get them out for an hour today but a lot of the time they were standing and sniffing, not running full tilt as per usual; they are just going to have to get used to being a little less fit.

littlehayleyc Sat 10-Jan-15 20:57:15

If you aren't able to walk them as much, then the best way to tire them out is with training and games at home. Also puzzle feeders and things like that can get their brains working and tire them out a bit. Maybe if you can't pay a dog walker everyday, then you could just get them in for an extra day or two, just so you know they won't have to go more than 2 or 3 days without a good run.

sweetkitty Sat 10-Jan-15 21:02:54

Do you have "dog friends" by this I mean people you meet regularly and walk your dogs together? Could you drive to the woods meet them and let them walk your dogs?

I really wouldn't mind doing this for a friend, I've got to walk my dog anyway so what's another one?

FiveHoursSleep Sat 10-Jan-15 21:12:31

I'm a bit antisocial and like to walk my dogs by myself. I do know people to say hi to and stop to chat to, but I make sure I walk the dogs in a different place every day so don't get to walk with anyone in particular. The only people I do sometimes meet and walk for a bit with with are dog walkers.
Training puzzles and games are a good idea. It's difficult as they always want to be where the other one is when training is going on, but I can shut doors etc.

googlenut Sat 10-Jan-15 21:17:52

Are you willing to say what part of the country you are in

FiveHoursSleep Sat 10-Jan-15 21:22:12

We are in NW Greater London, Postcode HA

tinymeteor Sat 10-Jan-15 21:32:25

Some friends have had good experiences with the 'Borrow My Doggy' website - there is a joining fee I think, but then you can get some local people to walk them for free for a bit, and you can put your injured foot up!

Want2bSupermum Sat 10-Jan-15 21:41:27

When I was very pregnant I played fetch with the dog. He is now very good at it! When pregnant the second time I arranged play dates with another mother who also had a dog. The DC would play inside and the dogs outside!

googlenut Sat 10-Jan-15 21:59:53

I'm not near you or would have been happy to help

Twooter Sat 10-Jan-15 23:42:55

Try looking at nowalksnoworries.com.

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