I’m not sure if we’ve ever exhausted Mr. N yet. He may be tired at times but he’s always ready to go, go, go. He’s been to an hour-long agility class and then a four-mile hike and came home asking if we were going for a walk.
Onyxx on the other hand is the canine equivalent of a couch potato. He’s perfectly happy to lounge about all day and sleep in between meals. He also has a mild case of a luxating patella (trick knee).
I took both of them to run around a school yard the other day (Onyxx on a 30-feet leash). Onyxx trotted for maybe about fifteen, twenty minutes and then he just walked around sniffing things. He then came home and crashed. Mr. N played fetch for a little bit and ran circles around the rest of us (including my friend’s ten-year-old daughter) for about an hour. He was lively as ever when we got home.
I’m a proponent of daily walks for dogs but Onyxx is making me wonder. He really hates walks when it rains or is wet. Well we live in Oregon so that’s a good deal of the time (although we are having a really mild winter for us). When it rains, he lags five feet behind me and gives me this look of long suffering.
I also feel like he doesn’t enjoy walks as much as Mr. N does. Onyxx never pulls. I think he just doesn’t get excited about anything outdoors and doesn’t feel a need to. It’s not like he was trained (except for housebreaking) in any way before we started fostering him.
He gets walked several times a week for about thirty minutes. And we usually play tug every day, do trick training and he gets puzzle toys to eat out of. He is also taking a weekly obedience class right now.
And he’s a little underweight right now so I don’t have to worry about his weight. And his behavior really isn’t affected if he skips a day or two of walks due to rain.
So do I make him exercise more? Or if the dog is content and in good health, should I call it good?