would swimming work as an everyday exercise?
i'm looking at an adorable houseboat, and i'm concerned that there isn't a yard for Manu to play in. however, he likes to swim, and there's plenty of water. we're in a temperate area, so the water stays pretty cool most of the year, 'cepting right about now, when it's downright cold. i'd let him choose whether he wants to get cold or not, of course.

do you think this would work? i'd still do walks and all that, but i'm worried about not having a yard for him.
but houseboat...
-kelly
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would swimming work as an everyday exercise?

It's the latest craze in husky conditioning. Serious mushers are even building pools.
but houseboat...

Means being able to peer into your neighbor's living room. I grew up sailing and like the idea of living in the water, but the situation in marinas tends to be a little cheek-by- jowl for my tastes.

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i can understand that. living out here in the woods is nice and all, but i'm a city girl at heart, and with one dog, i think it would work well. plus, we can walk all over the city on real sidewalks, with real street lights, and no idjits in trucks flying by at 50 mph throwing beer cans out the windows. Manu is a people dog. i think he'll really love the city.

if we don't get the houseboat, i think we'll wind up in one of those quaint seattle neighborhoods anyway, so peering into the neighbor's living room is probably unavoidable.
-kelly
would swimming work as an everyday exercise?

Of course! As the owner of an arthritic lab who wanted to swim even in February in upstate New York, I highly recommend swimming as the primary daily exercise. Now that Orson's getting older and his arthritis is even worse, I do worry about the water being too cold and have cut back on swimming to once or twice a week till the lake's frozen over, but he's pretty good about occasionally letting me know he's done swimming for the day and that he'd rather run around instead.
Swimming is also very good at using up spare doggie energy, and it's easier on joints than running around on the hard ground. And if you find the right area, you might be able to, when he needs a bath, soap him up before he gets in the water and let him rinse himself. FWIW, we also have water-only toys.
Cate
i can understand that. living out here in the woods is nice and all, but i'm a city girl at ... wind up in one of those quaint seattle neighborhoods anyway, so peering into the neighbor's living room is probably unavoidable.

Damn, I wish I could remember the name of the little park where a friend & I took the dogs for a walk in Seattle.
Her friend had just bought a lovely little home in Seattle, and there was a park that had a walkway around the Sound.
I'm a country girl, but it was fun and I'm sure a fun sight to see 4 women and 7 dogs out for a walk all of them black except one fawn colored Bouvier!
It was a lovely park and people seemed quite friendly. The only thing I can remember is that there was a Ben & Jerry's along the way to her place!
Shelly w/ Coda & The Black Pack
do you think this would work? i'd still do walks and all that, but i'm worried about not having a yard for him. but houseboat...

No tie-outs.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
do you think this would work? i'd still do walks and all that, but i'm worried about not having a yard for him. but houseboat...

No tie-outs.

oh crap. probably no room for heavy chains and pad locks either. crap. he'll never be a proper pit bull.
-kelly
oh crap. probably no room for heavy chains and pad locks either. crap. he'll never be a proper pit bull.

but, just think, you can make him swim with heavy chains, which should more than make up for it. plus, you can get him a snazzy treadmill and a spring pole.
still trying to be helpful,

shelly
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would swimming work as an everyday exercise? i'm looking at an adorable houseboat, and i'm concerned that there isn't a ... work? i'd still do walks and all that, but i'm worried about not having a yard for him. but houseboat...

I'd love to be able to swim my dogs every day, but not at the cost of a nice big secure yard. It's hard to imagine training the three of them to use a litterbox, so that implies potty walks. 4, 5, 6 times a day. We manage this just fine on tournament weekends, but as a full-time, deliberately chosen lifestyle? No freakin' way.
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