Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee
I think stopping the training was a BAD idea.
I know it was. I can't afford it anymore. All of our disposable income has gone into dealing with him. The trainer suggested switching food might help, so our dog food bill tripled. I've been purchasing new cage mats two to three times a week. Replacing the cages, repairing the damage. I know I'm making excuses here, but there's only so much money in the bank account.
Not to mention, the absolute overwhelming frustration of him being so AWESOME at training, then ripping the house apart 4 hours later when I run up to the post office!
Can you REALLY tire him out off leash. Swimming? Chuckit? Frisbee?
HERDING, any herding instructors in your area? Agility? Flyball?
The last time I really honestly gave it my 100% effort, I spent 3 hours tiring him out. We walked/jogged 10 miles around our property and the abandoned farms/fields surrounding us. Then we played frisbee, and switched to a ball when he got bored with that. Took him inside and within half an hour he was raring to go again. I'm young and healthy and in pretty good shape, and this dog tires before I do.
My 11 year old tried a few days ago. She's like the energizer bunny, and couldn't outlast him.
If he wasn't so dern big, I'd just let him and my 4 year old chase each other to kill two birds with one stone.
I've had other high energy dogs. NEVER like this guy, though. My dachs/huskie/GSD mix (who's 4) was the most high energy dog I'd had to date, but at least the kids and I could tag team him to exhaustion.
You might be on to something with herding. I think he needs a JOB.