Teagan is a smarty pants.
She is currently my obedience star (well, working on it when other dogs are around, particularly her two nemesis neighbourhood dogs
, though she's getting pretty good w/other random dogs). I keep telling Luc he's got to step up his game....
Anyways, we do obed. training 3X/day, and she learns new stuff regularly, or we work on making known things harder (longer downs, more distraction, that kind of thing).
But she still doesn't seem as occupied as she could be. Her picking up what the FR dogs were doing retrieving the dropped socks and then doing it herself with no teaching the next morning really brought that home for me. As did her annoying 'look! I learned how to undo the seatbelt!' trick....sheesh.
I am planning to start tracking w/the dogs when the snow is gone. As I'm a newbie to it, everything I've read makes me think I will give the dogs a better foundation if I start teaching it when they don't simply have to follow my tracks though the snow.
Obedience obviously isn't keeping her occupied as much as it could be.
Luc, goes running w/me, gets lots of exercise. Luc also doesn't have anywhere near the kind of drives Teagan does, and while I love him, he's nowhere near as intelligent as she is. Teagan problem solves, schemes, and gets into everything. Luc accepts things as they appear. Teagan, due to her hip dysplasia/bone chip in left hip, can't run. I do take her swimming in a dog pool, and she gets walks of around 5-7k/day, but she doesn't get as much exercise as Luc does. I play with her steadily while I'm at home (she just loves chasing her toys).
One thing I've thought, is it is time to step up some of her behavioural (aka don't kill the small animals) work. I've been working really hard on her dog aggression and we are seeing some returns, though in some ways she's completely unflexible, so far at least.
Can anyone think of any good jobs a dog who is physically challenged could do around the house?