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12-27-2013 07:49 PM
mcdanfam I understand. My girls enjoy spending every spare Minute with the pups. I also have some extra time while they are at school. I am a homemaker...so they get about 3 hours a day...of devoted time...I separate them and do mostly one on one time....:-) they love riding in the car so that is a big thing. Your dog would make a great service dog....have you considered specialized training to give him a job helping you....? We have friends training their Doberman to carry her oxygen tanks....:-) Cool to watch the training, even cooler that her pet can learn and become the service dog she now needs....:-)
Just a thought....since most of these dogs really want a job.....something that makes them fulfilled at the end of the day and something that they are breed to do....:-)
Sounds like you want to give your dog what we do...love, devotion and loyalty. Your dog could ask for nothing more.
Good luck!


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12-26-2013 11:09 PM
Jackthelad Thanks for the website, I'll have a look at that. You and your fur baby's have so much fun by the sound of things. Hope I get as much love of my jack as you get of your fur baby's. I don't get as much playtime with him as I would like, as I have a blind disabled son to look after. He is 28 years old but has learning difficulties. But I'm definitely going to look for a trainer also that specialises in GSD training. Coz he is not always listening to me. And can be quite unruly when he feels like it. Thanks again for your help.


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12-26-2013 03:17 PM
mcdanfam Nina ottosson is the maker if the dog puzzles....the website is www.interactivedoggames.com

Our pups love it....we don't let them have a lot but the love the small amounts they get....if you have different treats that will stay wedged inside in order to make your pup really work to get it out...you can always do the treats you have. Special days....I give them huge chunks of boiled chicken breast....they work hard to get that out!!!
Hopefully you find something on the website your furbaby will enjoy!
The agility class....great idea! I can't tell you how much our dogs love climbing and jumping! They switch gears, the facial expression changes and they whine and mumble while waiting for their turn!!! If you have a dock dogs club close to you....great fun for them...our pups love swimming! Also....if you have time...a trainer that specializes in gsd...working dog training. We go every Saturday morning! The pups wake soooo excited on Saturday and are so excited until we get out at the trainers! He teaches some agility, real world agility like the woods, tracking, obedience, and protection. These dogs LOVE LOVE LOVE to work. I never thought they would want and enjoy working the way they do! Miles the male, is just as happy to guard the car while I get grocery sir go to the bank. Anything to make him think he is working.


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12-26-2013 09:56 AM
Jackthelad Thanks for all your great ideas mcdamfan. They sound brilliant. Will have to find an agility class for him and some puzzle toys. He has a kong but I didn't know he could eat peanut butter so I'll defiantly try that too. Wish I had woods near me coz that would be fun. I'll just have to work on what's available to me. But thanks again, their is some great ideas that I can do in your list. I'm so very grateful.


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12-26-2013 06:56 AM
mcdanfam Puzzles...Attachment 154146local agility place, we rent the fields out...they are reasonable...
I will try to find a pic or web address for the puzzles....my girls tossed the boxes after the opened the puzzles. We bought them from a local petstore that specializes in working dog entertainment....:-) we do have to be near...I think their jaws could destroy the puzzles if they so decided to.


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12-26-2013 06:48 AM
mcdanfam We do tracking inside and out of the house, hide and seek with our kids, I will put all of the pups favorite toys under a laundry basket and place things on top...takes a few mins of thinking but they get them, hiding treats through out the house...their noses work all day and when they pass a treat they start sniffing, the treat puzzles are great...if you can find them online....the pieces slide to reveal food...they have to use nose, feet, brain it wears them out!!!
Soccer seems to really wipe ours out. We go to the soccer field, with oneworldfutbol only soccer ball tent have not destroyed kick it as hard as you can a few times....we also use the jolly balls for horses they are heavy and the dogs like squishing them. A buggie whip (from tractor supply) with a burlap bag tied to the end...great for chasing, grabbing and tug. Ours LOVE this game. The best thing we did was teach (place) inside the house. When they are roaming are being edgy we tell then place and they know it is time to chill. They are officially learning to turn it on and off!!! They turned a year old the end of October. When they find a place, we will give kong toys with frozen peanutbutter for them to focus on....that works well...lot of work to get all the peanutbutter from inside a medium size kong....even harder when it is frozen. Takes them about 30-35 mins to empty the kong. They also have a three armed toy you can put treats in and the pups have to work the treats out. So many cool options to wear them out in the house. We also go hiking a lot....they love to work....climbing boulders, crossing beams, finding balls in the woods, splashing in the water....:-)
Good luck....this is a tough time to find enough to keep them busy!!!!Attachment 154114Attachment 154122Attachment 154130Attachment 154138


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12-26-2013 04:59 AM
Jackthelad Yes he has been neutered. And runs around the fields with his doggy friends for an hour & a half in the morning and again at tea time. But still comes home all hyped up and ready for more. I will have to get more imaginative with his play at home in the garden with toys and stuff. Any ideas would be great. Thanks for your advice.


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12-25-2013 07:05 PM
mcdanfam Our trainer said our male has tons of work drive...if you don't give him a job he will find one. You maybe facing what we are....high work, high play, high prey drive....:-)


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12-25-2013 07:03 PM
mcdanfam Question.....is has he been neutered? If not....he maybe coming into some hormones and testosterone. Out male went from being super laid back to crazy and spastic (energy level only not attitude)....about 11 months old. He really needed more than play and little training. He wanted to work for hours a day. I bought a few different puzzles to hide treats in and food in....after 30 mins and mastering the new puzzles, I started hiding the puzzles with food...we started tracking and also some agility work in the woods. He has been much happier and sleeps when we walk in the house now.
He is on orijen dog food...all natural ingredients and grain free. Very high protein but if they work a lot and play hard they need that to build muscle.


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12-25-2013 04:27 PM
Jackthelad It's called Betty & butch hypoallergenic dry kibble.


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