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04-16-2014 03:48 PM
carrieincolorado Thanks everyone! great ideas! I will look for a Jolly ball..

I am still working on the fence, it's taking me forever. I am building a split rail (3 rail) with wire mesh, fencing only about .20 acres. (about 240 linear feet of fencing) and I am also burying 12 inches of wire in case she tries to dig under. I intend to introduce being alone in the yard VERY slowly.. starting with 5 minutes and working up from there. I can't see being able to have her at work with me waiting in the car over the summer so I really need to figure something else out.
04-15-2014 11:38 PM
scottkeen My 90-lb GSD Ruger *loves* his Jolly Ball. It holds up to his gnawing and chewing. Tennis balls last one throw then he pops them. Rope tug toys are bit in half in minutes (don't ask me how). But the Jolly Ball holds up! Even with deep punctures, it still bounces and floats in the ocean. One of mine and Ruger's favorite things to do is throw the Jolly Ball in the ocean and then we both swim for it and see who can get it first. I play dirty (put his head under water), so I usually win.

Here's a video of us playing toss with the Jolly Ball in my side yard. We had been doing this for hours already, so long that I'm sitting down in a patio chair throwing it.

German Shepherd Dog Playing with Jolly Ball - YouTube
04-04-2014 12:26 PM
SuperG When the fish aren't biting at the lake....tie on a dog toy..rubber tug toy, ring etc...something of substance. Cast it out into the yard and use an erratic retrieve...shouldn't take but a few seconds and Rover will hit it like Shamu the killer whale going through a herd of fur seals. I have found that there is no need to set the "hook" as the GSD stays latched on all by themselves. It will require quite a bit of skill to land a GSD as their pulling power and "top yard" antics are equal to a 100 lb tarpon. You might want to use some fairly high pound test line or a loosened drag setting or your reel. I'm a catch and release GSD fisherman....let 'em go to fight another day.

04-04-2014 12:05 PM
Galathiel I have a deflated (used to be inflated) basketball and soccer ball he likes to play with. Also a chuck it ring that we can also tug. He also has a Jolly Egg that he really likes but I wouldn't recommend it unsupervised as he has taken to trying to try to scrape it with his teeth and it could be bad for them. I don't leave him outside unattended and won't until his secure kennel is up.
04-04-2014 11:31 AM
wyoung2153 Looking at getting the Jolly ball for a Horse.. Think Titan could entertain himself with that outside
04-04-2014 11:26 AM
ChetsDad A Jolly Ball! About the size of a soccer ball, but a harder plastic, pretty much indestructible. Our 7 month old is obsessed with it and will push/chase/herd it for hours if I let him.
04-04-2014 11:12 AM
FuzzButtMum Depending how big the fenced area is, I think an agility course would be fab!
Of course, you would have to show your dog how to do it, and supervise him most of the time.

If you want him to entertain himself, maybe a few balls, of my old dogs used to LOVE playing with an erect swingball set....he would eventually get the pole out of the ground and do a little parade around the garden whilst still dragging the ball and pole behind him! He was in his element for ages with that thing! I swear he liked that more than his toys that we bought him typical!
04-04-2014 10:49 AM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
Is the yard not fenced?
No, the OP said they were fencing it in themselves so they can leave their pup out there without worrying and just wanted to know what kinds of thing they can leave out there with the dog to entertain it.
04-04-2014 10:29 AM
Originally Posted by carrieincolorado View Post
Thank you everyone for your replies.. the biggest reason I want the yard is to play while I am home without worrying she will chase the cat onto the neighbors porch or run into the road. (I live in town, sadly) BUT.. if it's ever possible for her to stay home, just half the day, that would be fantastic. Kiddie pool is totally worth a try! Thanks everybody!
Is the yard not fenced?
04-03-2014 09:08 PM
HarleyTheGSD At country stores, you can get very large ball toys made for horses and dogs. You can also buy or make a small children's playground with slides, ladders, ropes, and whatever else you might want to add. My boy loves playgrounds.
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