Deerhound does not enjoy the daily walks

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5 years 1 month ago #41935 by Wanda
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Well, I know deerhounds are lazy. But my first deerhound Wanda, really enjoyed our daily walks, we often were outside for 4 hours (two walks a day) every day. Whenever I said the word "walking" she got excited and came running to me. My Fiona is quite different. She will be 6 in May and I sometimes in the afternoon have to pull her from the sofa to get her out with me. In the morning she is more agile, but she is just trotting behind me and can not be motivated with good words, toys nor with treats. The only thing she likes is to cuddle ... but that does not match with our walk. Another very big motivation for her is the hunt, whenever she sees deer, cats, squirrels, fast cars ... whatever moves fast, she is alert and totally motivated. We often meet doggy friends and she likes to run a bit with them. When we are on our way back home, she goes faster and sometimes nearl pulls on the leash. Our dogtrainer was on a stroll together with us and tried to find out how we could make our walks more fun - but she had to surrender. I know a deerhound - she belongs to a friend, who has never joined in the walks with her family, she went to the garden door and the others went out and she went back into the garden.

We were on a short holiday in the Netherlands at the Nort Sea last week. There it was the same thing. At the beach she often stuck her feet into the sand and did not want to move, she wanted to go home.

Is that normal? Perhaps my other hound was not normal ... I really love to go for long walks with the dog - perhaps the deerhound is not the perfect dog for me??? Are your hounds enjoying the walks?
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5 years 1 month ago #41936 by chook
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I think they can all be different, layla is 5 now and is quite often walking behind me - she will have a run and play occasionally but its not often
i just let her get on with it, you could possibly get her checked out for niggles, bit of back pain etc, as that can make them reluctant to go out for a walk.

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5 years 1 month ago #41937 by crackadog
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HI Wanda, I think as Chook says they are all different. Freya (just about 5) appears to get bored. If we go on a new walk she is a happy deerhound and out leading the way, on the walk immediate to our house however, she will trail behind unless she sees a deer/squirrel at which point she goes like a rocket! I always take a toy - sometimes she likes to play with it and others she just ignores it. We try to do different walks as often as we can. The terrier just trots along happily whatever! Both like woodland walks.
Hope Fiona perks up as the weather improves - both mine hate the rain!
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5 years 1 month ago #41938 by Wanda
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Thank you both for your answers.

As you wrote, they are all different, that is true. I know a few deerhounds and they all seem to develop a kind of easy going lazy lifestyle whe they get older.

Yes Chook, I will have her checked again. She was diagnosed with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Desease) last year and is under medication, but seems to do quite well under that, has a good appetite again most of the time. We will have her heart checked on 2nd May and the bloodtests are ok. IBD is sometimes linked with back pain in a special region, I will have that checked, too. Thank you for that hint, it could possible be a reason for her behavior.

As you mentioned the weather Crackadog, definetely rain is a NOGO. Perhaps my Fiona is not as strange as I assume - reading through your postings - well, she is a deerhound :-). Perhaps it is a good idea to try even more new ways with her ... I often choose the same path because I know where she can run off-leash (as a great hunter often has to be on the leash) there and we often meet running compagnions.

Perhaps my two deerhounds are two absoultely different models of the breed: My beloved Wanda - she was strong and stubborn, eager to please me, always at my side, could call her and she even stopped hunting and came back to me, always hungry, could get a bit angry with other dogs that had no manners (in her opinion) that was impressive, loud but never did she hurt any of them. And my sweet Fiona, a bit nervous, anxious, so lovely and devoted, a big hunter, good with every even the smallest dog, always cuddling, sitting on my lap just like a cat, the sweetest dog I ever met, and so awfully lazy, I cannot believe it sometimes. It is good that they are different.

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3 years 9 months ago #42938 by lurcherlover
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Iam so glad to have read this....not for you though lol !!! Sky is just the same and also 6 ( even before her neck problem ) I have 3 lurchers as well and would get leads for them ti go for a walk and sky would go and hide on bed !!!!! It has become a problem and mainly walk her on her own now or take the other 3 then come back for sky and take one of lurchers to keep her company!!! It's awful she starts off like she wants to go then part way on walk she decides she wants to come home....I have to drag her !!! Although recently I have just let her go home but am worried she is not getting any excesses :-(
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3 years 9 months ago #42939 by Wanda
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Just like you wrote about your Sky - I was afraid, too, Fiona would not get the exercise she needs to keep fit. Well, we still have the problem with her attitude whats-the-sense-about-going-gor-a-walk ... I will go potty and perhaps for a little hunt ;-), than a little delicious meal and I will fall asleep on my favorite sofa - that is her perfect day. But a year ago my husband brought in a new family member. He is called Aloisisus, we call him Loisl, and is a bavarian mountain scent hound. My husband is a hunter and he wanted a hound, he could use for his work. Loisl will follow the track of wounded game, just as boar or deer. So he is a family dog and a working dog. Fiona was a bit surprised at first and looked just like she wanted him to be put in a parcel and return him to sender ;-). But I am really glad about the fact that she has got more exercise with this little energetic hound. The run and fight and lay together, it is so lovely too watch. Fiona has become a kind of protector for him and in our house she is the one to make the rules. She is much more selfconfident, not so shy as she was before. And by the way, her illness the IBD is not a problem anymore. Not that I wanted such an energetic dog for me ... no, I prefer those lazy easygoing creatures you call deerhounds :-). And now I really now to treasure them even more. Loisl has a good character and is really sweet, and I must say I fell in love with him, but my greatest love of all will always be the deerhound.

Does your Sky not play with your lurchers? I hope she will stay fit and healthy.
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3 years 9 months ago #42946 by lurcherlover
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Hi Wanda :-) glad to hear your girl has a new lease of life with her new friend :-) unfortunatly my lurchers used to play with her when she was a puppy but now even though they play rough with each other they won't play with sky because she scares them lol !! She is TOO ROUGH !!!!!! I have to r escue them !!!!! So she is a bit of a Billy no mates :-( the lurchers are all getting older now

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3 years 9 months ago #42947 by lurcherlover
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Meant to add sky loves her ball but unfortunatly since she has hurt her neck I dare not risk it atm :-(

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3 years 9 months ago #42948 by lurcherlover
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They are both beautiful....love the little lad, very handsome :-)
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3 years 9 months ago #42950 by Wanda
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That is too bad, lurcherlover, I read about her health-problems. My Wanda and my Fiona always took a great benefit out of physiotherapy, osteopathy and acupuncture. I really hope you can help her. It is awful when your best friend is ill or is in pain.

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3 years 9 months ago #42956 by lurcherlover
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Yes thanks me too:-( think iam Def going to try a mctimony chiropractor, she was even worse this morning ..I don't mean pain I mean stubborness !!! Took finley with her didn't even make it across first field before the brakes were applied and the iam not moving face and I want to go home !!!!! I have given up wrestling with her and just do what she wants now :-( couldn't even get her to go out tonight !!!! I thinks she is aggrophobic !!!!!!

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3 years 9 months ago #42957 by lurcherlover
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Yes thanks me too:-( think iam Def going to try a mctimony chiropractor, she was even worse this morning ..I don't mean pain I mean stubborness !!! Took finley with her didn't even make it across first field before the brakes were applied and the iam not moving face and I want to go home !!!!! I have given up wrestling with her and just do what she wants now :-( couldn't even get her to go out tonight !!!! I thinks she is aggrophobic !!!!!!

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3 years 8 months ago #42966 by greycloud
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My 8 yo meggie is the same! She will just slowly amble along and will take every opportunity to flop down for a rest. She has just been diagnosed with wobbler syndrome which is neck/spine related so I think maybe that's why she is like she is. You say Wanda has a neck problem - maybe that's why she doesn't like going out

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3 years 8 months ago #42968 by Wanda
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Hallo greycloud, it is not my hound with the neck problem, it is sky from lurcherlover ... poor Meggie, it is a very painful desease. It is always good to look out for health problems, when your hound does not want to move the way he or she did before.

Well, actually Fiona seems to have a problem with her left hindleg. You can see ist when she is walking, but there is no sign when she is running. Tomorrow our specialist for osteopathy will visit us and look after her again. We had a few sessions of osteopahty a few weeks ago that helped her a lot. As I have learned the hunting dogs, hounds, do not really show that they are in pain. Especially when it comes to running or hunting. It is a pity that they cannot simply tell us what is the matter ... so we have to try to find out.
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3 years 8 months ago #42973 by lurcherlover
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Oh what a beautiful face :-)
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3 years 8 months ago #42974 by Wanda
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Thank you very much for the compliment, she was just freshly groomed :-)

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3 years 8 months ago #42976 by Ironstone
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I agree Wanda, it's the hardest thing in the world to figure out what is hurting a deerhound, they're so stoic about pain. You mentioned taking Fiona to an Osteopath for her leg pain, did it help, or was s/he at least able to diagnose the problem?
I am always anxiously on the lookout for symptoms of pain in my dogs. Drives me crazy!
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3 years 8 months ago #42989 by Wanda
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Yes Ironstone, it is so difficult to tell if your hound is in pain. The osteopathy did work quite well, but we will need a few sessions more. Fiona seems to have a pulled muscle - I hope I write this correct - it is in the region of the calf, opposite to the knee. She turned back her head when she was touched there. Then the physiotherapist reset one lumbar vertebra. She said Fiona was not actually in pain as far as she could judge and she has no problem with her hip joint. So, we will see ... but I do not think this will have a great effect on her passion for daily walks. Sleeping 23 hours a day on the couch or bed and one hour left for eating, hunting and going potty - that would make her day perfect. :)

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