Does taking your Lab to day care take the place of a walk? This is my problem: I am having knee replacements on both knees in March 2016....the earliest it can be done.....and because of the knees being so painful, I cannot walk my 21 month old Cooper. He is a normal energetic chap that needs exercise daily so I have been taking him to day care almost every day except for weekends when a friend of mine comes to walk/run him for an hour each day. Does day care equal walking my dog ? I really want to do the best for him and thought this would keep him playing with his doggie friends all day long but also want to make sure I am doing the right thing for him. Thanks for any assurance (or not) that you can give me.