This article from the Guardian, Throwaway pup trend makes Britons dogs’ worst enemies is sobering. It talks about disposable pups, bought with little or no knowledge of how to care for them, and fueling a demand for irresponsible breeding with the subsequent flow-on effects for animal welfare and adoptions.
But what I found really interesting is a quote from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals spokeswoman, Vicki Larkham. “Millions of dogs aren’t getting off-the-lead exercise outside their home or garden for 10 minutes or more on a daily basis. Close to a quarter of a million never go for walks on their lead for 10 minutes or more at all. ”
A minimum of 10 minutes? Are you kidding?
I support a minimum of 30 minutes, and twice a day. Most sources I read suggest a minimum of 30 minutes once a day…but 10 minutes? Where did that come from?
If you think walking a dog for 10 minutes a day will result in a happy, healthy and well-adjusted dog, you are kidding yourself. Do everyone a favour and don’t get a dog…
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand