|09-03-2013 09:47 PM|
It might be worth the effort for you jsut to run to a pet store and buy a flirt pole. Mine was only $15 and lasted a year.
The dog walker is also a great idea! Right now maybe you can still keep up with more toys, but in a little bit, when the baby comes, you'll want to make sure the pup is tired and out and keeps out of trouble. The dog walker can give exercise, and mental stimulation depending on how many dogs are walked.
Pupper Tails: The Jolly Egg Ball Review if you wanted to see it in action. I like it because it's one of the few toys my dog will keep playing with by herself.
|09-03-2013 07:25 PM|
|WendyM||I just want to echo the godsend that is the flirt pole. We have|
|09-03-2013 07:00 PM|
Thank you everyone so much for all the ideas!
We had some friends over last night with young-ish kids (6-9) and she had a blast chasing them and "herding" them through the yard. She did have a few problems with nibbles when she got over excited, but once the kids understood she wasn't actually trying to bite them, that that's how puppies play with each other, they were ok. Nibbles are something that she just hasn't gotten over yet, but we're working on that (among other things).
She slept so well last night and we hardly heard a peep from her. She normally whines and complains about being in her crate for the night, but is still too curious and "chewy" to be out on her own. It was like magic. I just wish the kids lived closer so they could come play more often!
We've been playing a lot of fetch lately and I'm working on making a flirt pole out of things around the house. I really like the idea of having her distinguish between shapes, but I might start with her toys (get your bear, dragon, bone, etc.).
kjdreyer- She's only 9 months
rgrey- I nearly have been belly surfing a few times! We got her one of the prong collars (which I was totally against at first) and it has worked wonders. It doesn't hurt her, it's just enough of a reminder that she's supposed to be walking with me rather than going wherever she pleased. Have you considered one of those for your walks or possibly a gentle leader? Koda was just too high energy for a gentle leader to work, but I've seen it work wonders.
|08-31-2013 07:49 PM|
Do you have any family with a kid that is dog-crazy? Or a kid that is relatively responsible?
Ask the parents if they would allow you to take a kid, maybe 12 years or above to training classes with your puppy. You go and stay on the sidelines -- watch him work with the dog during class. PAY him/her to take your dog every day for a half-hour training session in the driveway, where you can kind of over-see, and then take the dog for a half-hour walk each day.
You spend 3-5 minutes 3-5 times a day reinforcing those things learned in class. A little IS a lot. You can literally do this during a television program's commercials in your living room. Put treats in your pocket and work on sits, downs, come-fronts. Movie on, say go lay down or enough. Next commercial, LOOK or WATCH. Third commercial work on tricks, Give me Paw, BANG!, etc.
Baby proof an area for your dog where she can play with her toys and is unlikely to get into any mischeif, or put up a kennel in your garage. Have a special safe, chewy bone for your dog while she is in her kennel. And give YOURSELF some breaks during the day, so you can get what you need to get done, and so that you can have some time to rest.
When she is inside with you, use a leash or a moveable baby gate, so that she will be in the same room with you, wherever you are, and you can give her a quick verbal correction when she does something she shouldn't and redirect immediately to an appropriate toy or behavior.
Good luck, and congratulations on your upcoming addition. Take care of you.
|08-31-2013 04:59 PM|
I am in the same boat! 8 months and waddling-just doesn't work with puppy energy. I started working with Griz on loose leash but every time he stopped to sniff he'd throw me off balance (thank goodness he never attempted to surge ahead, I'd have been surfing on my belly, LOL!)
To burn off energy I've been setting up treasure hunt type things to practice tracking, or fetch, or we work on climbing/getting on (low) stuff, jumping through low low hoops. He's only 14 weeks old (I think, need to re-count) so I don't want to stress his joints but the mental stuff like treasure hunt really seems to wear him out.
I've also tried putting out different shaped objects and have him bring me the round one, or square, or bone, or whatever (he hasn't really figured this one out), or I set up an obstacle course within reach of the flirt pole and my lawn chair-he has to chase the flirt through the kiddie pool, over the log, around the cones (well, the cones he kinda barrels through but that's the idea) and back through before he's allowed to catch the flirt and have a breather. He LOVES it. And I get to sit back with my feet up and wave a pole around. Win Win.
All else fails I have a couple of those puzzle feeder toys that I fill up and toss on the floor. Its like TV for kids, he ends up chasing it everywhere trying to get the treats out and I can do chores without being bothered.
|08-31-2013 04:28 PM|
|kjdreyer||I didn't catch how old she is, but sounds like she's less than a year old? If so, she's too young for running for any length of time, but if your husband can ride a bike, maybe he could take her for short rides/walks? Biking can be good knee rehab, too, if his doctor agrees, of course! Maybe a little of each would provide her more physical exercise in a little less time.|
|08-31-2013 04:08 PM|
Might sound kind of silly, but maybe use a lawn chair that spins? Also OP, you can pick up a lunge whip from a tractor supply type store. They make great flirt poles. The pole itself is fiberglass and flexes so no jarring.
|08-31-2013 03:43 PM|
|Twyla||Flirt poles are fantastic for burning energy, mixing in ob with the play does double energy burn. Just a caution though; at 8 mths, your balance isn't what it normally would be so keep the toy low and few spins for both your and the pup's(joints) safety.|
|08-31-2013 03:33 PM|
|08-31-2013 03:22 PM|
I have this one:
The wand is flexible and very strong. You can tie a toy to a lunge whip, but I don't know if that would be any less expensive.
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