Those of you who have been reading my posts for the last 9 weeks know what a dedicated dog owner I am. I give pup only the best food there is, no snacks or people food, I make sure he gets plenty of love at home, I make sure he gets lots of socialization (with other people, other dogs, etc.)... and, I give him plenty of exercise.
Pup walks 4 times a day, roughly 8km per day. This pup will never be overweight (not if I can help it!). PWD's are notoriously energetic. Believe me, if you are the type of person that likes to relax at the end of a long stressful day, kick back, put your feet up and turn on the TV or read a book, then a Portuguese Water Dog is not for you. These dogs are extremely agile, hyper and full of life.
So, because I do like to kick back at the end of the day, what do I do?..I walk him, and I walk him a lot. I run him when I can, school-yards, dog parks, you name it. I walk him early in the morning (what else do I have to do at 5am anyways!!), I walk him at lunchtime (who needs to eat at wonderful restaurants with co-workers, when you can chew on a Power Bar in the car on the way back to work!!). He gets walked in the early afternoon (thank goodness that one's not mine), and I walk him after dinner. Do I look good in a skirt? You betcha!! However, do I wish I could wake up an hour later, eat lunch down-town and put my feet up after dinner, oh YEAH!!!
But I do this for the express purpose of tiring out a very high energy pup. Does this always work?.., no. Some evenings he puts his head down and doesn't wake up until it's time for bed!! However, when hubby (aka Pup's lord and master) is not home, it doesn't matter how long or how hard puppy has been walking. He has enough energy to tear through the house, tear up the cushions, chew up the shoes, and take a few chucks out of me.
And me....I just kick back, put my feet up, read a book, and put myself in my "happy place"
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