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How much time do I need to spend with my dog every day

My family has 2 dogs. My mom, dad, and siblings are always really busy. My brother feeds them and takes care of their basic needs. However, he doesn't ever really play with them, pet them, or take them on long walks. I have school, so I can't spend a lot of time with them. Every day I spend about 1 hour playing with them and petting them and I take them on long walks on the weekend, but I read somewhere that dogs need 3 and a 1/2 hours of attention each day. I really don't have time to give them that much attention. What should I do?

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well you may not like my answer.........you should always spend all the time you can with your pets but if you can't then you might want to reconsider having that type of pet.....oh I know but you have to remember it isn't fair to your pet either and believe it or not a dog can be sad too, not to mention the health issues that can result in your dog not getting enough exercise....I have trained dogs for decades and have seen the effect it can have.....dogs need quality of life just like people do.....just try and find more time and think about if the welfare of your pets are more important than those other things that keep you so busy....sorry but sometimes in life we have to make unpleasant decisions or the ones we care about can suffer.....I am sure you don't want to get rid of your pet but you have to decide if it is worth it

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Okay. I have a dog that is really lazy and the only thing that she will do is go on walks. She won't go after a toy, or anything. What should I do?
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you have to find a toy that she likes.....I had a dog once that loved my old shoes, he would play with them and shake them and shred them into tiny pieces, which I didn't mine picking up the mess he made because he had such joy with them, he used to stalk, point, and pounce on honeybees too.....lol....it was soooo funny....it may take alittle while to find what makes her excited.....you didn't say her age, which may have something to do with it too....some dogs have aches and pains like people and sometimes a ibuprofen will help but check with the vet before giving your dog any ' people ' medicine....I am sure you spend all the time you can with her and you may have to ' teach ' her to be more active ( but don't overdo it ) and help her remember what fun it can be to play.....some dogs like playing tug-of-war....use a old shirt or a pair of pants of yours....anything with your scent...or it might just be something simple like rolling around on the ground with her.....instead of just giving her a treat let her smell it and then hide it and encourage her to ' hunt ' and find it....make it a game of it....just spend all the time you can and give her lots of affection
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try to spend at least an hour or two with your dog everyday to develop a healthy loving relationship

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u need to make sure your dog has lots of love and care! try to spend alot of time with him!

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Get a ball and throw for the dog. It takes less time, and the dog gets more excersize. Still take long walks on weekends though.

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Sounds like you have a great start! The dogs would benefit from hanging out near you all the time while you do homework or whatever. Intense one-on-one training or play is a different matter entirely. Your dogs should reach a point of being pleasantly tired out and panting after a walk or play, whether it's an hour of brisk walking or 10 minutes of frisbee. It depends on the age and breed what they can handle. Obedience training sessions should last no more than 15 minutes but you can do several throughout the day. What is the dogs' use to you? What is their purpose in your household? Are they watchdogs, sporting dogs, or just friendly faces?

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