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01-16-2014 10:10 PM
OriginalWacky
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Originally Posted by Maximilian View Post
You're giving her the experience of not returning to you on a retrieve. It's all in fun right now but if you need her to retrieve and return to you someday she might hesitate because she's growing accustomed to a follow up throw.

If you're not going to do any obedience work in the future that requires retrieves then continue throwing until your arm is gone, she'll love you for it!
Depending on how you handle this, you can pretty easily use the two ball method and still get a good retrieve. Since Koshka had a very strong ball drive, I used that method, throwing the second ball after he dropped the first. Then I started waiting to throw the ball until he got closer to me with the first ball. I gradually waited until he was only dropping the ball right in front of me, and also worked on telling him to go get it if he left it behind. I simply used his desire for the ball to shape his behavior.
01-16-2014 09:30 PM
Maximilian
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Originally Posted by stmcfred View Post
Usually she'll bring the ball about half way back to me then I throw the other one
You're giving her the experience of not returning to you on a retrieve. It's all in fun right now but if you need her to retrieve and return to you someday she might hesitate because she's growing accustomed to a follow up throw.

If you're not going to do any obedience work in the future that requires retrieves then continue throwing until your arm is gone, she'll love you for it!
01-16-2014 05:31 PM
stmcfred Genius! It keeps her way more interested and she can last for way longer and has a ton of fun. I use the chuck it since we have a huge yard and we just go. Usually she'll bring the ball about half way back to me then I throw the other one then I go and get the one she just had. Helps me get some exercise as well We incorporated 3 balls today lol.

However, now my arm hurts lol!

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I use fetch with two balls. He loves to chase them and having two means he runs more with less stops in between. It doesn't take the long with hard fetching to wear down that edge.
01-12-2014 11:42 AM
stmcfred That makes sense!



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Originally Posted by DJEtzel View Post
Yeah... because she's being conditioned to get so much exercise. You're increasing her endurance a LOT. So she's still ready when you get home. My dogs don't get that sort of exercise regularly so when they DO, they are comatose for a day and a half.
01-12-2014 11:32 AM
DJEtzel
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It's not that she doesn't relax in the house, she does. But we can walk for hours and when we are done she'll look at me like "Okay, what next?"
Yeah... because she's being conditioned to get so much exercise. You're increasing her endurance a LOT. So she's still ready when you get home. My dogs don't get that sort of exercise regularly so when they DO, they are comatose for a day and a half.
01-12-2014 10:37 AM
3dognite We have two old dogs (13 and 12) who he likes to follow around our fenced 1 and 1/2 acre...I throw the ball for him (thank goodness for the chuck-it), he chases toys and balls inside, we play tug and he goes on walks on-leash.

From what I've seen with this baby (18 weeks) the ball chasing is the BEST exercise. We have a hill inside our fence and chucking the ball down that hill wears his monstrous energy OUT.
01-12-2014 10:25 AM
stmcfred I've ran two marathons and countless half marathons/10ks/5ks. I don't mind walking (other than it take so much longer than just running).

Lola doesn't mind fetch, she loves her Jolly ball but it bores her after about 15 minutes. We usually end up playing that about 8pm to burn off any extra energy before bed.

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I don't think walking is an exercise that expends enough energy to tire a pup out without tiring you out first. I would use walks for mental stimulation and then have the pup do some hard sprinting type play. I use fetch with two balls. He loves to chase them and having two means he runs more with less stops in between. It doesn't take the long with hard fetching to wear down that edge.
01-12-2014 10:22 AM
stmcfred I don't have her off leash, but I do have her on a retractable leash that is 20'. The trails I go on are unpaved.

We do several obedience sessions throughout the day (some days more than others) We also play "Come find me" where either I will hide or one of the kids and she goes and find them.

Thanks, hope your mom is doing well. My mom is doing really well considering (She actually had 2 strokes and they found 3 brain aneurysms, one of which ruptured) I'm amazed on how far she's come since the incident but she can be hard to handle because of her stubbornness. It's like having another child almost.

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I think it is less stress on the pup if you are on unpaved trails then if you are on pavement. Also if you are in an area where you can do offlead trail walking with the pup it helps them set their own pace.

Also don't underestimate mental stimulation with motivational obedience and scent games for wearing her out in the house.

My heart goes out to you. I have my mom after a stroke (2007) but with no young kids to care for. It is a tough road. Taking time for yourself is vital and being outside is very therapeutic to me.
01-12-2014 10:16 AM
stmcfred I was always told they couldn't run until 18 months or it'll give them HD. I did run with her yesterday. I ran on the sidewalk and had her in the grass. We did a 2 mile walk and a 1 mile run/walk. She really enjoyed it. And we stopped anytime she wanted. At one point she was wanting to go faster but I held her back.


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I have a 5 month and 1 week old GSD and I'm a distance runner too! Our vet said that we could start running Chief about half a mile at 4 months old then walk the rest of the time. Now I run him about 1-2 miles but constantly look at him to make sure he's not lagging/tired and if he is we walk. This may sound stupid (I know GSDs do have joint issues) but dogs/wolf puppies run in the wild.. longer than that, so I don't see much harm in a mile or two at 5 months. I don't run Chief everyday though, maybe twice a week. He has a lot of energy too like your dog, we take him to the dog park around 2pm for an hour and it does WONDERS! It will knock him out the rest of the afternoon/ evening. He loves going! Playing fetch and walks isn't enough for him. He either has to run with me or be running and playing with other dogs!
01-12-2014 10:13 AM
stmcfred I think there is a dog park around, but after all the horror stories I hear I'll skip it. I do have 8 1/2 acres that Lola and my other dog run around on unleashed. But my other dog is 9 and is usually done well before Lola is.


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Originally Posted by Mrcjames31 View Post
I take my Pup to the dog park at least 3 or 4 times a week she gets ample exercise there playing fetch along with playing with other dogs.
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