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Old 03-15-2017, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Just a quick one here, I planned to walk my 5 year old Basset every morning before I go to work to make sure he's tired and sleeps until someone comes home (about 4 hours). However, he's so lazy that he really doesn't want to go every morning! I hate dragging him out of bed but worry that not exercising him in the morning would mean he's awake and worrying while we're out the house.

Any thoughts?

Thank you in advance!

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Old 03-15-2017, 02:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would watching walking/exercise to close to meal time due to possible increased risk of bloating.

re: not wanting to go out.......try tempting with a treat.
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treats is the way to go.
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Thanks everyone... bribery it is!
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a basset wants "paid" for most everything they do. nothing fancy needed. often just a bit of regular kibble will do the trick

I have a bit of something at all times with me. It's how the basset thinks and it makes life easier.
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"I would watching walking/exercise to close to meal time due to possible increased risk of bloating"


There is no evidence for this,


from conclusion of Purdue study
" Several popular theories regarding bloat were not substantiated during the
> study. There was no correlation of bloat risk to exercise before or after
> eating, as most dogs bloated in the middle of the night with an empty,
> gas-filled stomach. There was also no correlation to vaccinations, to the
> brand of dog food consumed, or to the timing or volume of water intake
> before or after eating."
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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suggestion to wait came from vet.

reminds me of childhood; "wait a half hour after you eat" to swim, run, etc.....
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[quote=3kbasset;417465]suggestion to wait came from vet.

reminds me of childhood; "wait a half hour after you eat" to swim, run, etc.....[/quote]

Lol, that one's been debunked too. But it won't do any harm to wait, so if it makes you feel better why not?
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" it won't do any harm to wait,"


In very limited cases it can. These pertains to waiting to feed after exercise Glycogen replacement is best done shortly after exercise within a 1/2 hour or so. For dogs that are working especial endurance work over multiple day it is best to feed shortly after that work is done.

Exercise is best done on an empty stomach so it is
better to feed afterwards not before.

of course this is about strenuous dog work for a walk I doubt you would notice a difference.
https://www.purinaproclub.com/resource-library/todays-breeder/issue-75/feeding-for-performance/
[quote]"Generally, performance dogs should be fed a minimum of 10 to 12 hours before exercise," Zanghi says. "It is best to feed the night before a trial that is scheduled the next morning. When dogs are fed six hours or sooner before exercise, the body's fat burning enzymes are not optimized, which contributes to reduced endurance and energy generation. Studies have shown that endurance performance can be as much as doubled when dogs run on an empty stomach compared to having eaten four or less hours before exercise."[quote]
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