By SoulStormIV - United States - Castle Rock
Today, I thought it would be nice to take my obese dog for a walk, since she hasn't had one in a long time. She was doing great, until we were about a mile from our house. She plopped down on the ground and wouldn't move. Nobody was home so I had to carry her all the way back to our house. FML
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  Shadowvoid  |  33

While a good and dedicated dog owner would, some people don't have the time to. Depending on which breed of dog you have, it can be OK not to walk them as often. Now why OP would take an obese dog on a walk more than a mile long, i have no idea. I'm not going to blame OP for making the dog obese, but the problem lies somewhere.

  Waschlappen  |  23

You are, doesn't matter what breed your dog is. At least that is my opinion. It's not just about the physical exercise but also the mental one, where the dog gets to sniff to new smells etc. I even think that you need to walk your dog at least twice a day, for it to be fully stimulated, but I think the way we keep dogs are very different from country to country.

  lexos  |  16

Not that big but she was really active and liked to go outside for a walk or chase the ball during a walk. Some walks where only a couple of minutes and sometimes 30 minutes or longer


It depends. They need to be exercised daily, but not necessarily taken out on a walk. There are other ways to exercise a dog. We don't have sidewalks out where we live so we don't take them for walks when the roads are icy and we also live where it rains for much of the year and even the dogs don't want to be out in it when it's pouring. Because we can't get out to take them for walks often during the winter, we have a treadmill they are trained to use. We'll also wear them out with games they like such as tug of war or fetch down the hallway or even just learning something new. Mental exercise is just as important and can help wear a dog down enough to take the edge off even without physical exercise.

During warm weather, they may not go on walks, but get taken to the local park or taken on hiking trails or to a friend's house or out to the pastures to chase a ball on the long line or any number of things. Just going out in the boat will wear them out because of the mental stimulation from the experience and from having to keep their balance the entire time we're on the water. They both hate swimming, but other dogs love it and it's also a great form of exercise that has the bonus of being very easy on joints. We used to take our old guy with bad elbows to the beach below the house to swim. Walks aren't necessary, as my very muscular and fit dogs can show, but some form of exercise is.

By  flopstar  |  21

Aw maybe try to keep your pet a little healthier. They're your best friends & they rely on you for feeding them well & exercising them daily. Dogs aren't just for fun they come with responsibility!

By  anyagrande  |  31

Jesus why the hell would you have a dog if you cant even be bothered to make time to walk it, get a goddamn cat or other pet that you don't actually need to walk


my 2 rottweiler dogs are both perfectly healthy and they don't go for walks... not every owner who doesn't walk their dogs are bad we don't walk our dogs for the safety of other animals.

By  ragnarok1540  |  39

And now your dog knows that whenever she feels lazy, all she has to do is plop down and you will carry her ...

In all seriousness, major lifestyle changes take time and should be a gradual process. Try smaller walks. Also, don't use food as a treat or reward, but try belly rubs/affection instead.

  kingdomgirl94  |  28

Dogs, like people, have their physical limits. After so long of not going on a walk, her legs probably hurt, her lungs, etc. If I were the dog suddenly taken out on a long ass walk I couldn't do I'd go "fuck this" too.