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Lifestyle : Everything Pets 2012
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One per customer) Pet Boutique & Luxury Cat Resort AG4913783AA-040312 4 SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD Everything Pets Take the lead and they will follow A walk on the wild side . . . Gypsy, above, and Hamish, left, at last year’s Million Paws Walk for the RSPCA. Photos: Stuart Quinn; Graham Tidy Every pooch, no matter what the breed, needs plenty of exercise — and not just for fitness. There is evidence of widespread under-exercise in Australian dogs. F or 42-year-old Nick Lambert, every weekday morning begins in Alexandria Park, in Sydney’s inner south. Before heading to work at a promotions company, Lambert makes sure his six-year-old Weimaraner, Willow, gets a good run. She will also have another run later that day, with one big walk a day on weekends. ‘‘I sometimes think she even needs more,’’ Lambert says. As well as keeping Willow in shape – Weimaraners are an energetic breed needing plenty of exercise – Lambert admits he benefits from the walk around the park. Away from work and home, he also has time to make some calls and check in on Facebook on his smartphone. While Willow gets plenty of time to run around, Professor Paul McGreevy, of the University of Sydney’s faculty of veterinary science, says there is evidence of widespread under-exercise in Australian dogs. ‘‘Some people tell us they only walk their dog once a week,’’ he says. ‘‘And some owners naively believe all a dog needs is a backyard.’’ In addition to cardiovascular exercise and the critical chance for dogs to relieve themselves, McGreevy says regular walks also provide stimulation. ‘‘It gives them the chance to encounter new sights, new smells and new sounds,’’ he says. ‘‘It is a great social opportunity for them as they get to meet other dogs.’’ McGreevy says working breeds such as kelpies, cattle dogs and border collies – which can run up to 60 kilometres in a day – can need three walks a day. He says a good rule of thumb is to check your dog’s nails. If they never need to be trimmed, there’s a good chance the dog is getting out enough. Walking dogs also encourages neighbours to meet and talk, particularly as a shared fondness of dogs is an easy ice-breaker. Once a month, a large pack of dachshunds weaves its way through Centennial Park, warning off other breeds with a frenzy of barks. According to one of the group’s owners, Sharman Moore, anywhere from 20 to 40 dogs will be on the walk, with as many as 70 gathering for the Christmas party. Not only do the dachshunds – a breed that’s notorious for gaining weight – get a much- needed stroll, the owners meet people with similar interests and problems. ‘‘People get the chance to talk to other owners,’’ Moore says. ‘‘They talk about problems with other dachshunds. They compare kennels, establish networks and go on home visits.’’ Moore says similar catch-ups take place throughout the country. The dachshunds are also involved in the Million Paws Walk. Sydney will be one of more than 50 walks taking place throughout the country on May 20 in an effort to raise money for the RSPCA. CityRail, whose services are usually off limits to dogs, will throw open its doors to four-legged commuters to help people travel to Homebush for the event. There is a plethora of dog-walking businesses for people who can’t give their dogs enough exercise. Natalia Napper of Oh My Dog! and her business partner take up to eight pooches at a time for a walk. ‘‘The walk is for an hour,’’ she says. ‘‘But if you add in things like car journeys to and from the park, the dog is out for about two hours.’’ She says not only does the dog get exercise, a walk with up to seven other canines is ‘‘good for it mentally’’. ‘‘They get taken to all sorts of different situations, making them more adaptive.’’ SPECIAL REPORT
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Northern Territory 2012