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Should I say yes?(11 Posts)
We have a seven year old cockapoo she is in good general health and very strong and quite athletic used to walks on quite tough terrain as well as urban habitat.
She is walked twice a 45 mins in the morning and then an hour and half every evening.
On holiday or days out she comes with us and walks more, with stops for picnics, meals, drinks etc.
A friend is a keen walker and recently his dog has had surgery so can’t do a special annual coast walk he does with friends. It would be approximately 12 miles.
I have no issues with his career of her obviously but am not sure if we have ever walked her this far. It will be Northumberland therefore not equatorial.
Should I just say yes and am I worrying and being silly?
*his care of her 🙄
Umm if it was me I wouldn't.
First I would be worried about a coastal walk as my cocker wouldn't think anything of throwing himself down a high cliff onto rocks .
Secondly 45 minutes will not be the same as trying to keep up with someone wanting to do x miles in a certain time.
Sounds like a lovely day out for your dog if she's happy in the company of your friend when you're not around
Perhaps you could look after his dog that day, if he needs someone?
@butey she’s quite sensible with regards to rock weirdly enough as she’s mad as a box of frogs a lot of the time.
I don’t think they have a goal in terms of time other than they are going to a pub at the end, but that’s is my concern that others won’t stop is she did get tired.
She’s largely an off the lead dog for her long walks too and think she will be fed up if she’s walked on a lead for any length of the walk. She pulls so badly despite all kinds of things we’ve tried and she exhausts herself
Mine is off lead mostly but he isn't sensible when it comes to thinks like cliffs but if you think she will be fine then that is one worry less.
It's then up to you on whether you think she would be fit enough and if he would be sensible with her and recognise she may have different needs for stopping than his dog.
I still wouldn't but then I send mine to daycare when others wouldn't do that either so it is really down to how you feel about it.
I wouldn’t , surely he doesn’t need a dog to do the walk he can go on his own .
I would not. I have recently come to the conclusion that I don't actually trust anyone to walk my dog (apart from the dogwalker and the dog boarder who have shown themselves trustworthy). I have watched other owners taking quite a lot of risk with their own dogs near busy roads/hazards (several dogs get run over on the road running through the forest near me because they aren't put on leads soon enough as their walkers approach the road). My heart is often in my mouth when I see how easily the walkers are distracted from what the dog is up to (I once rescued a small dog from drowning in a stream whilst his owner, who was wearing earphones and oblivious to his desperate cries, was standing about 30 metres away out of sight and calling him. However nice your friend is, you can't be sure he would have the same alertness over your dog that you do. Can you just say the dog isn't very happy walking with anyone but immediate family (as an excuse)?
Also 12 miles would be a bit of a shock for her when she is not trained up to that sort of distance.
I wouldn't if not used to that distance & its possible will be a warm day now. Plus if she pulls he probably wouldn't enjoy taking her & its risky on coastal path to be off lead especially when he maybe busy chatting & not making sure she's keeping close by, although some dogs aren't as responsive commands when its not from owners.
Perhaps be better to offer to look after his dog if he doesn't already have arrangements.
Have spoken to friend and I said I was concerned about all the factors you’ve mentioned. He was fine and understood.
Thanks for the advice as I do think twelve miles is too far especially if it’s warm.