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Rain or shine, malady or not, mine are quick to remind me that they're due for their outing.

Not much can be done when immobile or the dog is restricted to leash walks (2 whole weeks, that's over), and it's what - a BAJILLION degrees with code red air quality? UGH.

Swimming is the most efficient hot weather exercise I've found. I live about 20 minutes away from Creve Coeur Lake. You can sail there, or canoe or kayak or walk or cycle or rollerblade or fish. But you can't swim, at least not if you're human. Dogs can swim there, though, and it's pretty much ideal for getting a good workout with minimal risk. The beach is sand and slopes gradually into the water. There's not a bunch of submerged brush or junk to worry about. No sharks or jellyfish, no motor boats, no fuel spills.
Kathleen
I still believe dogs should be separated when feeding; some eat faster than others and then start to hang around the dog that is still eating, and the one that is still eating becomes nervous may start a fight.

Uh, no. A pushy dog in a group eating situation may wolf down his food and go after whoever's still eating. An eating dog will not tend to pick a fight. However, if you have to feed your dogs in different rooms because they're interfering with each other while eating then you're just plain incompetent. If you've got problems at meal times it's your fault.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Bad policies lead to bad results.
He will bark at her, not only if she plays ... dog over his apparent jealousy can take quite a while.

Are you sure it's jealousy, and not fun policing? Some dogs are crankypantses about other dogs bouncing around and having a good time. They just do not approve of it.

This is practically a required trait in a GSD :-)
Tara
Swimming is the most efficient hot weather exercise I've found.

It is. I wish I could convince the dogs of that.
I live about 20 minutes away from Creve Coeur Lake. You can sail there, or canoe or kayak or walk ... you're human. Dogs can swim there, though, and it's pretty much ideal for getting a good workout with minimal risk.

Sounds lovely. As far as I know, there are no areas in the immediate vicinity that allows dogs off-leash in the water. Of course, this assumes that either of mine would go in there without being pushed. Or tricked by eeevil geeses.
And speaking of geese, this one from my nephew: "If there is only one, it is called a goose, and more than one geeses is called geese".

Suja
Kathleen (Email Removed) said in
Swimming is the most efficient hot weather exercise I've found. I live about 20 minutes away from Creve Coeur Lake. ... or kayak or walk or cycle or rollerblade or fish. But you can't swim, at least not if you're human.

Now I'm feeling guilty for not taking my dogs swimming every day in the river - there are some good slow-moving areas about a minute from my house. Ten minutes if we walk. I taught Rocky to swim in this river, though I won't dunk my head in it.
I agree that swimming is one of the best exercises going. This one's of good ol' Murphy - her swimming kept the effects of hip dysplasia at bay for years.
http://www.rocky-dog.com/Murphy/Mur012.html

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I had insufficient information to make that determination. I still don't. Your penchant for exercizing your first amendment rights in ... East. Because, if that is the problem, I will surely turn CNN on right now, so he will feel involved.

Now I get it. You were referring to Jack's signature. I don't see anyone's signature, including my own, after training my newsreader to display them as white font on a white background.
Jack's dog advice is almost always very good.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Actually, you can really screw things up by trying to ... when Dog B has very strong opinions to the contrary.

Yep. People seem to assume oldest/first is the highest.

It must be something to do with the human condition (Paula?) because I see it often. Once it's explained, people understand completely that dogs are not people, though I have my doubts as to how long that knowledge is retained, what with PetsMart's (and others') "dog parent" advertising campaign.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
they do wrestly and play with each other, which is ONE of many reasons I have multiple dogs, but nowhere near the primary one.

The primary reason I have multiple dogs is that I am a big fat sucker. But they seem to be happy with me and with each other. But I agree that a second dog can either be a really good thing or a really bad thing and there is no in between. If things are working well with the first dog and you have time and energy to make sure they continue to go well with both, it's great. My dogs love to play together. But if not, they just get into more trouble, and it's usually more than twice the trouble even if it's only twice the number of dogs. Haven't figured out the math or physics behind that, but it's pretty foolproof, IME.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I may have poor dog skills and HJM may have people skills that need polishing.;-) The GR gets along with ... while he was a stray. I can't change what has already occurred, what I need is information on going forward.

Where did the second dog come from? I don't know of any reputable rescues that won't take a dog back if it does not work out with your existing dog. Dogs that don't get along can be managed, but it is a heck of a lot of work. It would be easier to find a dog your existing dog likes if he does like some dogs.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
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