Managing multiple dogs

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Just wondering how people manage multiple dogs.  Scout doing much better now but some days he only wants to walk for say 20 mins.  Other days could do an 45 mins and they usually have 3 walks a day

My other dog is 4 and fit as a fiddle and could go all day ..

Just end up feeling guilty as some days one probably doesn’t get as much exercise as he should or Scout gets too much.  It’s constant planning and as me and the OH work different hours whoever does the morning or other walks has to take both as the other person is at work. We rarely get to walk together when he is there as we try to do longer walks for the younger one.

Neither are that good home alone without each other.  We are working on this and do about 15 minute seperate walks but think if scout was left hime alone for too long he would revert to his destructive ways .

He’s too big to push in anything and think might get defensive if  being pushed along and another dog stuck his head in.

I pay a dog walker maybe once a week to take the younger one out and they have kongs.   Training at home doesn’t seem to tire them out much

Just always seems like so much planning and me feeling guilty that one of them is missing out

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If you are concerned about Scout getting destructive then crate training could be an option, this will also stop him doing something stupid when you are out.  I have a 13 year old with arthritis and a healthy 5 year old and we do short walks for Fly and Moss goes out on longer walks by herself (until recently I had a third who passed away in May and she was just left to pick and choose what she wanted to do).  I know Fly just sleeps when I’m out, I’ve sneaked back into the house a fair few times (she is deaf so can’t hear me) so you may be surprised.  Fly gets her walks first thing and/or last thing and Moss in the middle so perhaps walking with Scout first and then straight away taking the other out may be something worth trying.  That way you can take each walk depending on how Scout is and if he has had his exercise he may well just sleep afterwards.  Chamomile tea may also be something worth trying (there are lots of other calming treatments that may help too but I just use the chamomile tea), I find it helps settle them down a bit but do a skin test first for an allergic reaction as I believe some dogs can be allergic to it.  When I’m leaving Moss alone while I’m at work I give her some tea mixed with bone broth as it seems to settle her down.

Try not to feel guilty, it is a bit of a balancing act and needs a bit of training to get them used to being apart but I would certainly work on the separation anxiety as sadly as things progress Scouts walks will get shorter and shorter which won’t suit the younger one.  Fly and Millie were sisters and had never been apart when I got them so when it came to doing separate things with them (I did training classes and alternated them one going one week the other the next) it was a bit difficult at first but they did get used to it and to be honest I think it was a lot better that way rather than having them dependant on each other.

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Hello – guess just feeling sorry for us all and that not meeting the needs of both dogs well – which I’m sure they are but just not to the best like they would in an ideal world. I know its not going to get any better going forward either.  we are quite active and having a young dog who can’t walk and has had joint problems since he has been 3 is not something anyone would sign up for – of course love him to bits and every day its on my mind what else can we do for him to make him better.  We had just lost our old dog who had problems of her own and couldn’t walk and a month later Scout went lame.

Scout has only just turned 6 and I find it sad to see him on his off days lagging along behind like an old fella – whilst my younger dog is off lead haring around and having fun – younger dog roams quite a way ahead on walks which makes it harder as scout sometimes then lags along behind.

He might settle if we had been out and then took the youngster out again – sometimes its just time as well but we have to adapt  I know.  Scout had a good couple of walks at the weekend which lifted all our spirits but is all ploddy now and miserable looking.

I’ve not really room for a crate – we used to baby gate  him in the kitchen and he can bust out quite easily.   Gone are the days when get back and the sofa is strewn across the living room, but it wasn’t until he was 4-5 could he be trusted out of the kitchen and even now he has the odd lapse!   He saw a behaviourist who said didn’t think he had SA, he just likes ripping things up and gets frustrated/ over excited when he knows i’m due home

We tried scent work at home, but scout will take it or leave it whereas my younger dog loves it and picked it up straight away. I  did think about doing classes but I couldn’t find any close and also whichever one I took I would feel mean (scout cos he needs the mental activity as can’t do the physical activity but who is just OK at it) or Bosun who deserves more sometimes and would love it.  Interesting that you alternated your dogs.
I might take our scent box out with us for a change – they might make great teabag detection dogs one day!

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Is your younger dog good off

the lead? Maybe when you’re out he can go off for a run and a sniff around while you sit and do something else with the older dog.. maybe some scent work or teach him new tricks?

Its the quality of the work that matters so less exercise for the younger dog will be fime

if he can have a good sniff, go somewhere new, maybe have a swim (if that’s his thing).. so then you’re not walking a long way and are taking it slow with lots of stopping for a rest and a chance to sniff around and explore.

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