|09-18-2013 01:27 PM|
We took our girl to lots of new places to sniff, meet new people, and see new things. It's crazy how much socialization can wear them out! I also wouldn't worry about letting him run around off leash, you just don't want to take him jogging because the sustained repetitive motion can be bad for his joints. We made a flirt pole for ours and started building drive for balls & tug toys.
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|09-17-2013 07:16 PM|
You can start some "Nose Work" games.
*Get several different size boxes.
*Also get one tiny size box, with an opened top, for the treat box, that you can place the treat into but will fit into the other boxes.
*Scatter different size/shapes/color boxes in an area placing them upside down, on their sides, tipped, etc.
*Put puppy in another room
*Put a good smelling treat into the treat box with opened lid.
*Now, place the treat box inside one of the other boxes.
(Make it easy for several sessions and then increase the difficulty slightly as you see progression.)
*Go in room and put puppy on a leash and give it a word/words....."Find It", "Seek" etc. and tell puppy "Find it"!
*Take him by the boxes and let him sniff around until he locates it.
*As soon as he finds it, PRAISE lavishly while adding additional treats directly and quickly into the treat box and let him get them! If he has a hard time, help him by directing him to the correct box. Never let him fail.
*Put him back into the room, and hide the treat box in another box.
*And repeat from above.
Increase area size, number of boxes, etc., even put a box on the couch when he gets good at it!
As soon as he gets the hang of it, he'll be screaming in the other room while you are hiding the treat! They LOVE this game and because they are sniffing a lot it tires them out!
Let us know if he likes it!
|09-17-2013 06:19 PM|
So what does everyone do for exercise with their young pup? Calvin is 8 1/2 weeks and full of energy. I've read a bunch about what not to do, but haven't found much on ideas for what to do. He chews on his toys, but doesn't really do much chasing. He runs great in the back yard, but I don't want to run him much because of his growing bones/joints. I try for the mental exercise, but I can only get in about 20 seconds of training before he checks out (that puppy ADD...)
Really trying to avoid a bored/frustrated puppy, but not sure what to do here.