Return to hiking

Rufus | September 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | September 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

An article in the New York Times recently appeared discussing obesity in our dogs. Sadly many dachshunds are prone to putting on extra weight if we are not diligent with their diet and regular exercise. With a recent move, some health concerns and a new puppy my pack and I have been lax in our routine exercise these last three months. However, I’m thrilled to announce we’re back at it. On Thursday and Friday we hiked 3.68 miles (each day) and it felt so darn good. I continue to assert a tired dachshund is a good dachshund, and my trio has been exceptionally good these last two nights. You don’t have to emulate us, but be certain you get your doxies out and walking – 10, 15 or 20 minutes; 1, 2 or 3 miles. This is an excerpt from said article and really, for me, the point of it: “…most dogs were overweight because of lazy owners who confuse food with affection and attention. Letting the dogs out in the backyard is no substitute for a walk, he added. And giving the dog a cookie doesn’t make up for not playing with him.” There are no judgments here friends. Do your best, and please know loving your dachshund means walking him and not overfeeding her. Good luck doxie friends.

Emily | September 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily | September 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily | September 2013.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily | September 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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9 Responses to Return to hiking

  1. Denise Beard says:

    great advice!! we all know how hard it is to resist the doxie eyes & begging skills, but an overweight doxie is not a healthy one & the best way to ensure they have a long life is to keep them healthy. And as we all know, the extra weight adds much more risk to their backs, which is already a potentially huge issue even in a doxie of normal weight. I walk mine 1 1/2 miles daily & we substituted steamed diced ( tiny!!) yams, sweet potatoes & carrots for most of their training treats. They love them!! Also they get no grain ( which they are allergic to anyway) & one of mine, Dori is so swelte that my vet tells me to not let her get any skinnier, she is perfect! The other one, Frieda, tends to put on more weight & we fight the extra half pound ( our vet keeps on us) , but we work hard at it.

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