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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Jul 02 2018, 21:47

Yep, that’s just short of 20kg.

I’m wanting to take Nifty hiking with me and although I will take her on shorter distances than what I’m covering solo, I want a plan b (that will never need to be used) to carry her if she’s too tired to continue.
Had a look at slings and pet rucksacks but none seem to cater for an adult staffy.

Any ideas ? silly

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Post by gillybrent on Mon Jul 02 2018, 23:06

I've no idea! Maybe some bench presses for you & a stamina potion (again for you)!

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Post by LizP on Tue Jul 03 2018, 08:01

Seriously, I think there's a greater risk of you being too tired to carry her rather than her too tired to continue. Laughing I wouldn't even try it, the risk of you injuring yourself is not that slim.


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Post by Nifty staffy on Tue Jul 03 2018, 19:53

Ok, but seriously speaking, what do I do if she refuses to put one paw in front of the other ? I can’t see myself stranded in the middle of nowhere with a Nifty on strike Straight Face


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Post by LizP on Tue Jul 03 2018, 20:29

She'll be fine, really... My brother & sister in law have just done some long distance walks, several hours a day, and took their inexperienced terriers with them with no problem. And anything a terrier can do, a staffie can do better!

How far are you thinking of in a day?


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Post by Nifty staffy on Tue Jul 03 2018, 20:39

10kms in about 2 hours to start with (I’m seriously trying to get fit but lonely).
There are some really great hikes organized every weekend (5, 10, 15 or 20kms) but some courses have big height differences.
I think Nifty would love to get out and about but I’m worried about over doing it for her.


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Post by LizP on Wed Jul 04 2018, 07:00

10km shouldn't be a problem, even with some climbs. I really wouldn't worry about it.


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Post by Nifty staffy on Wed Jul 04 2018, 11:53

Ok, we’ll give it a try then Smile
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Jul 04 2018, 19:09

I think she's old enough to cope, physically. Just make sure you watch for any 'weariness'.

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Post by paulines on Thu Jul 05 2018, 10:07

Your Staffy will be fine. We used to walk everywhere with our Staffy, often on heavy surfaces like wet sand and stony beach (which she didn't much like) and tarmac roads, often for 3-5 hours with very short breaks.

She is now 13.5yo and is slowing down but is happy with 4km non-stop. Her problem is arthritis in her paws more than lack of stamina, though that is also reducing.

Just be sensible, as you would with yourself.
If she's not used to distances then build it up and do long walks and normal-for-her walks on alternate days.
Take water and a collapsible bowl or plan for water stops.
On hot days seek out shade and avoid hot tarmac and stone so her paws don't burn.
She will not suddenly collapse and not go on. You will know she is getting tired (or has sore paws) if she stops whenever you stop and very tired/sore if she stops while you are still walking on.

The thing to remember is that dogs recuperate pretty quickly so if you find she has hit a wall just stop in the shade for half an hour where she can drink and rest and after that she will be good as new (almost).

Enjoy yourselves and don't even think about carrying her.

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Re: Carrying an adult staffy

Post by Nifty staffy on Thu Jul 05 2018, 18:43

Hello and welcome Paulines.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience, very much appreciated.
Every day has something new for us but it’s nice to know that she’s not as fragile as I act with her. Now really looking forwards to discovering the region in very good company Big Grin


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