|09-23-2013 09:40 AM|
Have you considered hiking
I live in house with a small yard no garden. I take Wispa for a walk in the mornings before work and about 1 or 2 hours after work. At weekends I take him for a 40k hike in the countryside. This does us both some good and he loves it especially if we pass somewhere he can swim.
Sometimes a dog just needs a day out in its natural environement away from the city. If you are not convinced your doing enough then consider a bit of hiking at weekend. You may both enjoy it.
|09-23-2013 09:28 AM|
It sounds like you're on the right track. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise Short obedience sessions, trick training, stuffed kongs or bones, treat puzzles or balls can all be utilized as well.
GSD's are working dogs, they're busy bees and most aren't content with just hanging around. Teach him to catch a ball while sitting when it's lobbed gently at him, I like a hollee roller ball for this as its soft and doesn't hurt anything if it bounces accidently. Teach "find it" and hide treats around the apartment for him to find, or use one of his favourite toys to hide. Have him practice long down stays on a kitchen mat while you're making dinner.
There are lots of things to do to help stimulate them and give them a "job" to do
|09-23-2013 09:25 AM|
Hi Fiza, welcome to the forum.
That sounds like plenty of exercise for your dog - being in an appartment should not be a problem as long as he is getting out for walks and runs like you are doing.
If you come back from a walk/run and he is tired, then that is a good exercise session for him.
When he sees you going someowhere and gets excited - can you describe his behaviour? I don't know if it is separation anxiety, or if he is just getting excited because he thinks he is going with you for another run.
The walking/running is great, but your dog probably needs to get his brain exercised also to really tire him out. A 15 to 20 minute training session for basic obedience and for fun tricks can really give their brain a workout and help him settle in the house.
Hero is lucky to have you! Welcome to the forum, and post pics if you can, Hero sounds like a very nice dog that will make a great fit for you!
|09-23-2013 02:53 AM|
hello, so I'm new here. I've just adopted an 11 month old german shepherd mix...ive raised shepherds before, but that was on my parents property so exercise wasn't an issue, now i live in an apartment and i take my dog 'hero', out three times a day. morning for about 40 minutes , brisk walk / jog. afternoon for 30 minutes, brisk walk and then at night for a jog about 30 / 40 minutes. is that enough exercise? he's tired post the session but in 45 minutes is full of energy again! i don't have a yard... how can i exercise him better?... most days i work out of my apartment studio so he's quite content to lay around and watch me. but the moment I'm stepping out for work / meetings he gets excited again. is that separation anxiety? I've had him for about ten days now... help would be appreciated!