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    A question Amy, not an attack. I may not have read through this thread properly too.
    Why don't you think you could fulfill this dog's walking needs but could another..were they extreme?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    A question Amy, not an attack. I may not have read through this thread properly too.
    Why don't you think you could fulfill this dog's walking needs but could another..were they extreme?
    I wouldn't call them extreme but MUCH more than what Poppy needs.

    His carer was taking him for 30 to 45 min walks EVERY single day and said he had been walked previously because he walked on a lead beautifully. She said she had not taken him twice and it was evident in his behaviour. I am REALLY unfit, I have a medical condition that makes it easy for me to pile on the weight but not to lose it. I'm working on that and have lost almost 5kg in the past 4 weeks but I physically could not walk for more than 15 or 20 mins.

    The carer said he needed the walks one for exercise and two to develop that respect of his new owner as the boss and a leader because he is quite pushy and boitrous. He is also bigger and sometimes hard to control on walks.

    Poppy is obviously NOTHING like this. She is happy to be walked for 15 mins 2 or 3 times a week and if I have a busy week and don't get to walk her she is happy for a play session in the yard. Her behaviour doesn't change and she is quite the couch potato.

    OH works shift work so while he would be home with our dogs often he would not feel like taking them for long big walks.

    Our next dog needs to fit into our lifestyle and in the future I'm hoping my physical fitness will improve but I also would like a dog who didn't require a walk EVERY single day.

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    Ahhh, thanks for that. You could have told me to mind my own business, lol.

    You seem to be very much on the right track of matching a dog's needs realistically with those of your family.

    I would be getting a dog with the thought of worst case scenario needs (with your health) and then if it improve it is a bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Ahhh, thanks for that. You could have told me to mind my own business, lol.

    You seem to be very much on the right track of matching a dog's needs realistically with those of your family.
    Lol! Yeh, I could of! But I'm trying this new thing, it's called being nice!

    Yeh, I feel that we have raised Poppy to fit in with us and our lifestyle but with an older dog I'm not sure to how much of an extent you can do that so I want to be sure their needs REALLY match what we can give them.

    Cocker's a quite a bit bigger than Cav's and he is apparently on the larger end of the breed size so I guess thats why he needs more exercise.

    My health WILL improve!!! If it doesn't I will die young and not be able to concieve so I have HUGE motivation behind me at the moment!

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    Take that motivation and use it to your advantage. That is what I have had to do, and will do if I have to again in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Yeh, I feel that we have raised Poppy to fit in with us and our lifestyle but with an older dog I'm not sure to how much of an extent you can do that so I want to be sure their needs REALLY match what we can give them.

    Just a quick note to say that I agree with the people who have said "don't choose a breed".
    We were waiting and waiting for a Lab or Golden Retriever to turn up at a nearby pound, but none ever did. In the end, we had a chat with one of the girls at the local RSPCA pound and told her what kind of dog we wanted, she claimed to have the perfect dog for us. A 5yr old cattle dog. We would never have dreamed of looking for a Cattle dog, but she's turned out to be perfect.
    She's bomb proof, takes everything in her stride and is ridiculously affectionate.

    Anyway, my point is to have a look around, you never know what you might find

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    I agree, don't pick a breed, I've always wanted a doberman but Peg just happened to need a home, she wasn't excatly a pound or rescue dog but was very close to it, she's nothing like a dob, but i wouldn't trade her for anything.

    Goodluck, you're doing the right thing

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