Greetings and happy Friday to all (including Friday):

I have still not gotten back into routinely walking my dogs. They do get a lot of exercise in the fenced-in yard, but the daily walks have not been happening.
I know that part of it is that it just seems too hard to walk all three of them at once. It's not impossible, it's not even that hard, it's just hard enough to keep me from doing it, especially if I'm tired after work, whereas I could more easily overcome the tiredness for an easy walk with one dog. I've brought this up here before but I need to think about things for-freakin'-ever before making decisions. So I am asking for input once again.
Namely: it's ok to walk the dogs individually, right? They would all love their individual walkies, although they do like walking as a mob, but none of them will enjoy being left behind, and I feel really guilty about doing that. So I guess I need either a kick in the butt, e.g., "Get out there with all 3 of them, you lazy git!" or reassurance about the guilt part. I mean, I know dogs live in the present but I think they won't understand when one gets to go and the others don't.

I do take car trips with one or the other of them individually at times, and somehow I manage that guilt. And the dogs are fine with that concept.

If I walked them individually they would all get more walks than they do now, so it would be beneficial for us all. Do others feel this guilt? Is it inappropriate? Is it ok to take one dog out and leave the other two at home?
I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!
Thanks!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
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If I walked them individually they would all get more walks than they do now, so it would be beneficial for us all. Do others feel this guilt?

I used to, but I've gotten over it. I'll take up to three out together but often take only one or two. The dogs benefit from the individual training attention they get when we're out alone, and so do I.
Mind you, training is all about stress and adaptation. Walking three dogs at a time may be tough initially but as they become trained and your leash-juggling skills improve it becomes much, much less work.
Together is good, individually is good - any time you're walking your dogs is good.

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I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

You have my permission to walks as many dogs as you want, as often as you want, without feeling guilty. There's a lot to be said for the individual attention given to an "only" dog. I usually walk mine as a mob, because I can do one 90-minute walk but THREE 90-minute walks would kill me, and three 30-minute walks would leave me with three barely warmed-up dogs.
If I walked them individually they would all get more ... be beneficial for us all. Do others feel this guilt?

I used to, but I've gotten over it. I'll take up to three out together but often take only one or two. The dogs benefit from the individual training attention they get when we're out alone, and so do I.

I know this is true, and would be especially helpful with Q, in terms of training. She's the one that makes walking 3 a bit hard, but she does pretty well on her own. Also I'm reminding myself that bonding with them individually is a good thing...
Mind you, training is all about stress and adaptation. Walking three dogs at a time may be tough initially but as they become trained and your leash-juggling skills improve it becomes much, much less work.

It isn't that hard, but for some reason it has become daunting in my mind. Just the thought of getting all the leashes on is enough to deter me and that isn't hard either! Everyone sits, there's some initial jumping around but they all know they won't get their leashes on until they settle. I'm good at the leash-juggling thing by now, even not having done it regularly for a while. It's just... they go at different speeds, some like to sniff more, some like to meet and greet more, etc etc.
Together is good, individually is good - any time you're walking your dogs is good.

That's what I need to keep telling myself. I guess the ones left behind will forgive me...

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
I have still not gotten back into routinely walking my dogs.

GASP The Horror! The Horror!
I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

Why do I feel the urge to send you to a good head shrinker?

Some walks is better than no walks at all, so whichever way you manage to do it, it's all good. If you feel it's too hard on you to walk three, walk one or two. If you feel guilty about leaving a dog or two behind, take them all, but shorten the walk (at least initially), so you don't give yourself brain cramps overthinking this one. Get out there already!

Suja
I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

There is no "correct" answer. There are benefits for both you and the dogs to walking them together, and there are benefits to walking them singly. If walking them singly is what you can do, then that's probably what you should do. And it doesn't have to be all three dogs every day, either. If you aren't walking them at all, then one walk each week for each dog is more than they are currently getting. You are Allowed to start small.

Also, the more you are able to walk them, even singly, the better they will be about walking. You might find that you soon are able to walk two of them at a time, then all three. Or you may decide that you enjoy single walks, and that's okay, too.

As for having to leave some of them at home, harden your heart, woman! It will not kill them to spend some time alone. In fact, it might be good for them to learn to interact in twos, instead of as a mob and/or squirm.

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I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

You have my permission to walks as many dogs as you want, as often as you want, without feeling guilty.

Thank you! I seem to need a lot of reassurance around this issue!

There's a lot to be said for the
individual attention given to an "only" dog. I usually walk mine as a mob, because I can do one 90-minute walk but THREE 90-minute walks would kill me, and three 30-minute walks would leave me with three barely warmed-up dogs.

3 90-min walks WOULD be rough. I wasn't thinking of walking the 3 of themindividually every day, I was thinking of walking one a day, so each would get 2 walks a week. They do have the fenced yard, though, and they do run around out there, as there is a prodigious number of those dratted squirrels. But still, I used to love our walks, Zoe especially loves walks, and really they all love walks and it feels inexcusable not to be walking them!
I think this might be one of those "just do it" things.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
I have still not gotten back into routinely walking my dogs.

GASP The Horror! The Horror!

After my KNEE REPLACEMENT I just never got myself back in the habit. Also I started a new job in November and you know how new jobs are, I was coming home exhausted every day. But I'm used to it now.
I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

Why do I feel the urge to send you to a good head shrinker?

I think I know why...
Some walks is better than no walks at all, so whichever way you manage to do it, it's all good. ... shorten the walk (at least initially), so you don't give yourself brain cramps overthinking this one. Get out there already!

I need to just start, you're right, and soon it will become a habit. It used to be a habit. A fun habit. Thanks for the encouragement and the kick in the pants!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
I need some kind of reality check/kick in the pants/gentle reassurance or whatever you (all) think is best!

There is no "correct" answer. There are benefits for both you and the dogs to walking them together, and there are benefits ... one walk each week for each dog is more than they are currently getting. You are Allowed to start small.

Thank you. I would normally know that, but guilt is getting in my way, thus I am doing nothing and feeling even guiltier. Bad human!
Also, the more you are able to walk them, even singly, the better they will be about walking. You might ... them at a time, then all three. Or you may decide that you enjoy single walks, and that's okay, too.

Queenie definitely needs more loose leash training, so that's a major justification for single walks. Zoe used to have me all to herself and she loves it when just she and I do things together. But they all like walking together too, there's nothing like sharing a special sniff with your brothers and sisters...
As for having to leave some of them at home, harden your heart, woman!

I must! I must! I have been able to for some things.

It will not kill them to spend some time alone. In fact, it
might be good for them to learn to interact in twos, instead of as a mob and/or squirm.

True confessions: it's Zoe that I think won't understand when I walk the others and don't take her. The other 2 will notice of course, but then will forget about it immediately. Zoe's the only one who seems capable of getting her feelings hurt.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
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