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Has anyone walked their dog yet? Has anyone walked their dog yet?

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Unread 03-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

This may seem like a funny question but I'm wondering if it's ok to walk my dog. At my pre-op, I asked the dr. this and he said after 2 weeks. I passed 2 weeks on Tues. and felt nowhere ready - now it's Thurs. and I'm feeling much better (mostly sore bottom from a/p repairs). I'm thinking of waiting for the 3 week mark but am paranoid about undoing anything. My dog is well behaved and doesn't jerk me around but you never know when a squirrel or cat may show up! I guess I'm being overcautious since he told me 2 weeks was ok. Any input?
Thanks!
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Unread 03-20-2008, 08:42 PM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

I would wait until you feel more comfortable. I walked, but let others hold the leash (I have 2 dachshunds). Like you said, something may get their attention and off they go. My DD fell off her bike while we were walking one evening (around the 4 week mark). I ran about 2 steps and immediately realized "I can't do that." I didn't have the a/p repairs either. Fortunately it wasn't a bad spill and my folks were with us. Take it easy. I don't believe in being overcautious. You definitely don't want any set backs.
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Unread 03-20-2008, 10:18 PM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

Hi Kahty,

It depends on the size of your dog, for one thing. I have a German shepherd so there is no way I will try walking him for several more weeks. I am at 3 1/2 weeks post op and tried walking my daughter's cocker spaniel and he is well behaved and obedience trained but it still pulled too much on my incision for comfort. For now, I am walking alongside my hubby while he walks the dogs. Wish I had a neighber with a toy breed that needs walking! Good luck and I hope you can walk your doggie soon.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 06:29 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

I wonder the same thing because it seems mean to go for a walk without him but he's an australian Shephard and loses all his manners when he sees a squirrel. Plus, he hasn't been leashed since late fall. I would wait until atleast 4 wks. One good pull and you'll take the chance of twisting abdominal muscles. Good luck
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Unread 03-21-2008, 07:58 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

I agree about the size of the dog--and also the temperament. If it's a small, relatively calm dog, I would think three weeks would be okay. Assuming you're not in much pain, of course.

I have a rambunctious 50 pound Australian Shephard/Border Collie/Lab mix who constantly pulls while on walks. He's very stubborn; it's a wonder he doesn't have whiplash. Even at 3 weeks post op with virtually no pain, I don't feel comfortable walking him. I'm afraid I might tear something internally. So I've been walking alongside my husband or son.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 08:24 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

I have only walked my 11 yr old lab, off leash. She is whistle trained so that has worked well. My poor 9 month old lab has not been able to go with me. No way can I walk him yet. A few more weeks I think.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 08:53 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

I have a Chuhuahia/Terrier mix (I call her a Chiwerrier) and I am afraid to walk her just yet. She is very active and pulls and is not well-trained (my own fault)
So, for the next couple of weeks I will let my son and boyfriend the walking, and I walk beside them.
I figure it is best to be cautious, I really fear pulling anything healing inside of me.
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Unread 03-21-2008, 09:08 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

Thanks everyone! Good input - I've instinctively felt that it's way too soon to be walking him - he's an 8 year old Australian Shepherd (shoutout to Kyto73!). Plus, I feel great in the house and doing little errands but it's probably another story walking my old route! Think I'll wait another couple weeks to do it myself and just be content to let my husband/son do it. The only downside is Shadow is going a little nutty without his daily walk - oh well, he'll survive!
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Unread 03-21-2008, 09:49 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

Good to know I am not the only one who feels guilty not taking my baby girl with me on my walks! I have the world's tinest adult Golden, she's 50 lbs. soaking wet, but she is hyper (what a shock, a hyper Golden, lol) and tends to pull on the leash. I feel pretty great at this point, but I know taking her with me would be a huge mistake. Tomorrow I am going to see if maybe my husband will come along and take her leash and the three of us can have a nice walk.

She sure is keeping me company, that's for sure!
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Unread 03-21-2008, 10:12 AM
Has anyone walked their dog yet?

Saggin,
Does your velcro dog follow you and not let his eyes off of you too? He's always been under my feet but now he's even worse. It's like he feels he has to escort me everywhere and stares if I even shift in the chair. I thought we had made progress when he allowed me to leave the room to go to the bathroom or get a drink but now since my surgery he's back to square one. It's o,k though. I seem to like my dog(yes, he's definitely mine) the best of everyone in the house. He doesn't complain, ask for anything and is just happy to curl up on the couch with me. He's a lot more gentle than the kids are.
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