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wyoung2153 03-16-2014 06:30 PM

What do you do when you can't exercise your high drive pup?
 
It has been a rough couple days for Mr. Titan.. I got extremely sick, with 2 ER trips... Some angry version of food poisoning they think.. between that and this insane random storm going on we haven't been able to do much with Titan in the last 3 days. (BF has been occupied with deployment stuff which is why he hasn't had much time to help with Titan, though has tried when he had a moment).

For those of you with insanely driven dogs that can go go go, barely and off switch, what do you do when you can't get out to exercise your dog for whatever reason?

Liesje 03-16-2014 06:33 PM

I have some indoor flyball drills I do with a puppy (that don't require a lot of physical exertion from me). I do sets of these interspersed with sets of obedience work, so by the time I'm done the mind *and* body are pooped! Plus if Legend is working for treats, he's also got a full belly.

jocoyn 03-16-2014 06:40 PM

I send my husband outside with the balls and ask to to PLEASE not throw them over the fence by mistake.
Oh bummer with the BF and storms. If I can't hear thunder or see lightening we are at least doing that.
I can, however, crate Beau and he settles just fine so it is more a matter of guilt than anything.
Hope you get to feeling better.

Liesje 03-16-2014 06:43 PM

Also, the Buster Cube makes a great puppy-sitter!

Susan_GSD_mom 03-16-2014 06:50 PM

Opinions on Melatonin?
 
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Originally Posted by wyoung2153 (Post 5212546)
It has been a rough couple days for Mr. Titan.. I got extremely sick, with 2 ER trips... Some angry version of food poisoning they think.. between that and this insane random storm going on we haven't been able to do much with Titan in the last 3 days. (BF has been occupied with deployment stuff which is why he hasn't had much time to help with Titan, though has tried when he had a moment).

For those of you with insanely driven dogs that can go go go, barely and off switch, what do you do when you can't get out to exercise your dog for whatever reason?

I'm sort of in the same situation. On the human side, I am caring for my sister, who because of some flareups with her medical issues, has needed more of my time and care than normal. On the canine side, our yard/field is nearly solid ice. I am not so worried about Jade out there, she doesn't have the drive that Orick has. Orick, on the other hand, is obsessed with the million squirrels in this area, and will run and run looking for them, and jump at the fence if they are on the other side. I haven't let him run out there since we iced over, so I don't know how much sense he would use on the terrible footing--I suspect it wouldn't be much sense at all. I am taking both of them out on a leash to go potty, careful to step anywhere it looks like there is better footing.

SO... Orick's energy is over the top. A friend of mine suggested giving him melatonin until the ice melts... Now, I have used melatonin in the past with my old Rosco, who was terrified of thunder and fireworks, at the suggestion of my vet. It was just one dose to get him through the noise. My friend told me it can be used over a period of time to mellow Orick out a bit. I'm not so sure. Does anyone have an opinion on this? Any experience with melatonin?

onyx'girl 03-16-2014 06:54 PM

I wouldn't use it to control a high energy dog/pup. I use it for Kacie if storms are predicted.
I think doing kitchen obedience, perch work, tug games and maybe some core strengthening type training would work a puppy's mind enough to settle. Try scent discrimination games too when you can't track. There are plenty of things to do to work a dogs mind. Mental is as good as physical for short term exercise(and the core training helps in small spaces to work a dogs body).

wyoung2153 03-16-2014 06:59 PM

Thanks guys! Training is a good alternative. He settles fine when I tell him enough is enough, and to go lay down. But he does get up an pace and if it remotely looks like we are going outside he is there. I think it's a lot of guilt on my part. He should be back to normal routine in a day or so.

Baillif 03-16-2014 07:09 PM

Throw him a jolly ball meant for horses.

wyoung2153 03-16-2014 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Baillif (Post 5212738)
Throw him a jolly ball meant for horses.

You know, I know a guy who does this for his rot and she LOVES it! Titan also used to love my roomie's yoga ball.. but popped it. lol. I don't know why i haven't thought about one for Titan. lol.

jocoyn 03-16-2014 07:35 PM

Beau LOVES his Jolly Balls and his favorite is the big horse one. It has so many holes it is funny when it gets in the pool. But it keeps on lasting. When I take him outside in the morning it is the very first thing he jumps on.


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