Twenty minutes into our run this morning, John said, “Look. He’s finally panting.”
We started a C25K training plan, which was great for me and the big dogs since we weren’t in running condition, but it did nothing for high-energy Cooper. Lucas has bad hips and Emmett is a senior citizen, so since we completed that plan, we’ve created our own routine.
We start with walking, then alternate 10-minute walks with 10-minute runs. The breakout helps us (well, me… John’s in WAY better shape than I am), and it helps the big dogs because neither one of them can manage a full 30-minute run.
Cooper, on the other hand…
So here’s what we do. We start out with Cooper for the first round of walking and running. Then we circle back to the house and get Lucas. With both Coop and Lukey, then, we do another round of walking and running. Then back to the house to trade Lucas for Emmett, and we do the last round of walking and running with Coop and Emmett.
If you have a hyper dog and a less-than-hyper dog, I highly recommend this routine!
In truth, we were killing ourselves trying to get Cooper fully exercised and the big boys exercised since their requirements are SO different from each other. They still get individual walks, and – inspired by K9 Kamp – I’ve been thinking of ways to add in more exercise for Cooper each week. This past week, he ran the stairs, played hide-and-seek with me, and (to Newt’s horror) we played an epic game with his new Bumi all round the room above the garage.
So there you have it! I know many of you have multiple dogs, and not everyone is the same age/health/energy-level. I wanted to share our routine in case it would help anyone else.
But I’d love to know from you: How do you manage different energy requirements? Do you have different exercise routines for your different dogs? Do you find ways to combine activities for everyone’s fitness levels? Any other tips or tricks?